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Ancient Mayan Ruins Of Coba

Because Coba ruins Mexico don’t find just as much tourism since places like Chichen Itza or even the ruins of Tulum, and that means you can still still scale some of the structures for an entirely different and distinctive perspective. Archaeologists believe the Ancient Mayan Ruins Of Coba  were an incredibly important city for its Maya folks. But, owing to the remote site, the site isn’t quite as popular among tourists as alternative ruins in MexicoThere are, in fact, lots of reasons to go to the town of white roads.

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Where is Coba?

Coba Ruins Mexico

Coba ruins Mexico lie 43 km (approx. 27 mi) northwest of Tulum, in the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is a 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive from Cancun and 45 min from Tulum. You take the coastal highway south to Tulum, then turn inland. There are bus tours from the hotel zone, or you can rent a car and drive yourself.

Getting to Coba ruins

Playa del Carmen to Coba ruins

Whether you rent a car, take public transportation or join a group, this is an easy day trip from the Riviera Maya.

Coba ruins Mexico is best accessed through Tulum driving in a rental car the famous Coba road found at the first intersection in Tulum. Clear signage is posted for drivers. Travel west (away from the beach) and go about 30 minutes, taking extra precaution at small villages that are known for their speed bumps, to the ruins.  

You can also get to the site via ADO Bus from CancunPlaya del Carmen, or Tulum. Colectivos (taxi vans) are also an option, however you’ll have to change vans in Tulum. Vans in Tulum starts runnig at 9am.

From TULUM, the ADO bus leaves at 10:10 from its terminal and returns at 1 pm. 

Coba Ruins

Coba ruins History

Coba means ‘waters stirred by the wind’, an appropriate Mayan name as this settlement is surrounded by two large lakess. During many years, Ancient Mayan Coba ruins Mexico were an ignored piece of Mayan history due to its location. Located between Tulum in the state of Quintana Roo, and Valladolid in the state of Yucatan, archeologists first learned about the site in the mid 1800’s. But dense jungle, the Caste War and lack of funds made this site a difficult area to penetrate. This Coba ruins Mexico site is still largely unexcavated making it a true wonder in the Mayan civilisation. Visitors can enjoy shaded walkways that are the original sacbe (white roads), three settlements that show the architecture and vast area of this once large city, 2 ball courts and before, it was possible to climb the highest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan, Nohoch Mul.

Coba ruins Mexico were finally opened to the public as an archeological site in 1973. Archeologists searchers have estimated that about 6,000 structures exist, but only three settlements are for public viewing. What makes this site different from Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, or even Tulum is that Coba ruins Mexico are not a single site but a large group of mayan sites connected to the central pyramid, connected by over 16 Mayan ceremonial “white roads” (sacbéob). The three principales areas that can be viewed in the Ancient Mayan Ruins Of Coba are the Nohoch Mul structures (main pyramid), Conjunto Pinturas (spiritual area) and Macanxoc structures (close to the lake that bears the same name). Your visit at Coba can last up to 2.5 hours if you walk the site, 1.5 hours if you rent a bicycle or in an hour if you opt for the Mayan limo, a chauffeured tricycle where you just sit and take in the sights. 

Coba Ruins Admission Price

Coba Hours

Coba ruins Mexico are open daily, but if possible we suggest visiting during the week. The weekends seem to be busier as more local tourists are traveling on the weekend. We also suggest bringing cash, especially if you are parking.

  • Hours: Open daily from 8 am-4pm
  • Coba Entrance Fee: 80 pesos per person
  • Coba Parking Fee: 60 pesos per car

Can you climb Coba Pyramid?

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Unfortunatly, since 2020, it is not allowed anymore to climb the pyramid to preserve the Ancient Mayan Coba ruins Mexico

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Coba Mexico Cenotes

Cenotes near Coba

No visit to Coba would be complete without swimming in the refreshing limestone cenotes nearby. Cenotes are underground sinkholes filled with fresh water, found all over Yucatan and Quintana Roo.

There are 3 cenotes just a 10-minute drive away from the ruins.

Cenote Choo-Ha is a shallow water cenote with crystal blue water and many stalagmites hanging from the ceiling. My personal favorite of the three.

Cenote Tamcach-Ha is a deep underground cavern with two fun jumping platforms at 5 & 10 meters high. Cenote Multun-Ha is a bit further away in the jungle and boasts a large wooden deck.

The entrance fee for each cenote is 75 pesos ($4 USD). They are a wonderful way to cool off after a hot day exploring Coba ruins Mexico!

Coba Ruins Tour

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