Things to Do in Coba

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Things to Do in Coba


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  • Tom J
    London, UK1,622 contributions
    Coba Coba Coba...what an incredible experience!

    Straight up - Coba is not an archaeological site like Chichén Itzá or Tulum is, it is very much an active ongoing excavation. When you are exploring the site there are large already excavated buildings and pyramids that can be admired and likewise there are plenty of large "jungle mounds" that are likely to hold hidden treasures under the greenery soon to be discovered.

    When arriving in Coba there are a couple of options to get around, either walk, rent a bicycle or a "Mayan Taxi" which is a 2 person rickshaw pedalled by a local around the site. We chose to cycle with our guide as it gave us the best option to get around quickly and stop as and when we wanted.

    Cycling around we stopped part way along the path as Coba is also home to a rather special species of bee the Melipona. These super small and stingless bees are where the fantastic Yucatan Melipona honey comes from! If you visit be sure to keep an eye out for these little guys as they are truly fascinating to watch!

    Nohoch Mul (the large pyramid at the top) was incredible! Its not possible to climb this pyramid since COVID but in reality it isn't needed - it is better to not allow people to climb it to preserve it and protect people from potential injury. When we were there our guide was telling us how the Yucatan peninsula was formed when the meteorite that killed off the dinosaurs landed and brought the peninsula up and out of the sea, he said you could find seashells - I thought the sun had gotten to him and that I'd need to find him some water but sure enough, moving some rocks around he found a fossilised seashell in a rock - MIND BLOWN! If you go keep your eyes open everywhere! We were quite fortunate also to see wild turkeys and a species of bird flying around called the Toh - beautiful!

    Coba is a truly fascinating experience and knowing it is estimated to be 70 square kilometeres in size is amazing! It will take years and years to fully uncover the treasures of Coba but it is certainly worth channelling your inner Indiana Jones and checking it out know whilst history is being uncovered!
    Written February 16, 2024
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  • michael f
    9 contributions
    We visted the new cenote at Choo-Ha on a day trip from Tulum and loved it! You dawn a helmet and step into a cave... after a few twists and turns, it opens into an unbelievable blue water underground lake! We swam and snorkeled to take it all in, then did a few jumps just for fun! Great way to understand this region and its history while being active and amused on vacation! You'll definitely need to be ready to twist and crawl for a few steps on your way in to the cave but its totally worth it!! And the team on site will make sure you are 100% safe and comfortable throughout.
    Written February 4, 2024
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  • Michele B
    7 contributions
    It was magical, the way the light filtered through and the ensuing reflections of the water on the cave walls was mesmerizing. Water was just the right temperature, swimming was so refreshing you didn't want to get out. Steps to get in and out of the cenote were not as slippery from condensation dripping off stalactites as some reviewers warned but still a good idea to pay attention. It was easy to understand why the Mayan people considered cenotes to be the entrance to the underworld, truly had a mystical feel to it. We went early, around 9:30 ish and had the whole place to ourselves for over half an hour and then only about 10 other people arrived. Highly recommend
    Written January 30, 2024
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  • jaysolutions
    Seminole, FL9 contributions
    We sailed on Rhapsody of the Seas, RCL, & they need help training their tour dispatchers: we had the longest tour and were not called away first, which put us late into Playa del Carmen which put us late on the road to the Coba ruins site. We did not arrive until after lunch. Our guide, Gabriel knew his stuff & tried to give us some appreciation of the site other than just Nohoch Mul 2 ball courts, ceiba trees, the main remaining sacbe, & a small residence, but with pedicabs and rented bicycles, it was like rush hour in any large US city. You had to watch out constantly to avoid being run over. It was an Olympic walking race to get to the main temple Nohoch Mul & there must have been 500 people going up & down the "steps" & vying for the rope to get up or down. I went up anyway (not many places let you get atop the temples anymore) and the view was good, but taking pix was a pain: could not hold your camera still for the iPhone nuts sticking their damned hands in front of your face while you are trying to take a panorama. But the real thrill was going down: I had to go all the way leading with my right leg (if I led with my left I had my back to the mob) and they were not watching anything but where their feet were: they almost knocked me off the pyramid twice, so I went down right leg first virtually all the way and had a charley horse for the next two days. And insult to injury, we also had a Cenote swim on the agenda & there was only 15 minutes for that when we got there. Should have stayed at the site and seen more of the lakes and other large temples. Do NOT take the one with the Cenote Swim & if you can get a tour by one of the local places, spend all your time on site. This was our 31st Maya site & it was like the snack bar at half time at the Super Bowl, or a madhouse.
    Written January 22, 2018
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  • Teteferreira
    Geneva, Switzerland129 contributions
    A magical spot in Cobá! We did the conexión maya, with tea, food, bees, honey, a bath and the massage (140 USD per person for 4h experience). The best experience in our 10 days trip in South of Mexico.

    This is the place one can see and feel that the Mayans are not dead and that there is much more than just ruins. In Itzamná we hear the Mayan language for the first time and could get in touch with their culture and medicine.

    To book a full experience, send Virigilio a whatsapp message so they book the time and the Mayan experts. It is super worth it!
    Written June 13, 2023
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  • Alina
    New York City, NY11 contributions
    This hotel is incredible - the location, the ambiance, the service. Everything was outstanding. The staff was extremely accommodating, the rooms are sophisticated and charming, the restaurant is great (serving local dishes with a modern twist). Perfect place to relax and disconnect.
    Written March 15, 2021
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  • TrWorldTraveler
    Bloomington, IN4,970 contributions
    On our way to the Coba ruins, we noticed the series of gift and specialty shops. After our tour, we stopped and checked out most of them. I will recommend you to negotiate the prices. It is a nice area to look for a gift. We purchased beautiful necklace for our friend and a great statue for ourselves. Recommended !
    Written November 30, 2017
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  • Brittany W
    1 contribution