Mayan Archeological site of COBA | Riviera Maya, Mexico | COBA or as the Mayas used to call it Kob-Ha (Turbid Water) is located only about 44 kilometers (28 miles) inland from the shores of the Riviera Maya. It’s a direct shot to get there from Tulum but from Cancun or Playa del Carmen you need to take a less than direct route. Not the most popular or visited by tourist, which gives you are more up-close and personal experience. Also, unlike Chichen Itza, at COBA you are still allowed to climb to the top of the main Pyramid, with stunning panoramic sights of the site and the COBA Lake. A few interesting facts at COBA are: The city was founded in three occasions, being the first in between 100 – 300 BC. Coba is open all year round, daily from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Hire a local Mayan guide, to take you through the archeological site, and tell you all the details and stories of these pyramids. Most of them are fully bilingual. Ours was named Isabelle and he shared many facts about the Maya Culture. For example, did you know that Mayas built in periods of 52 years.? Reason why on many pyramids you have several formations one on top of the other.
Learn about the Shapes of the Universe as the Mayas used to interpret and understand. Earth, Sky and Underworld. The Maya civilization believed, Yaaxché, a concept of the central world tree, which connects the planes of the Underworld, the terrestrial realm and the skies.
You will be able to see two Pok-Ta-Pok, the Mesoamerican ballgame. Was a brutal sport with ritual associations. The players struck the a rubber ball, weighed as much as 4 kg (9 lbs), with their hips, although some versions allowed the use of forearms, rackets, bats, or handstones. The goal would be to get the ball thought the hole in the wall. The winner would be sacrificed to please the Gods being decapitated, and the looser and all his family taken as slaves for the rest of their lives. This game would one be played 1 to 3 times every 52 years.
Jump on your bike and follow the path of the Sacbe, raised roads the Maya built, going out in 4 directions to the large building called Xaibe that was used as a lookout tower. These roads were made with white limestone one could see a long way down these paths, even at night by the light of the stars and moon. The main sacbe goes almost 100 km to the west, almost to Chichen Itza.
The tallest temple pyramid, in what is known as the Nohoch Mul 42 meters (138 ft) in height. Nohoch Mul is the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán peninsula. Taller even than the pyramid at Chichen Itza. The views from the top of the pyramid, are just breathtaking of dense jungle with other pyramids and buildings poking up through the lush green carpet. After exploring the archeological site, we went to swim at one of the nearby Cenotes. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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