About 45 minutes northwest of Tulum, you will find the ancient Mayan city of Coba.
Covering eighty square kilometres, Coba was estimated to have about 50 000 inhabitants at the peak of its civilisation, and is the centre of the largest network of stone causeways and structures in the ancient Mayan world.
We got a bus there in the morning and rented bikes upon arrival. We spent the entire day exploring, covering as much ground as we could – it was absolutely fascinating to see the different types of structures and pyramids, and gain an insight into how life might have been for a resident of the city. We didn’t see close to everything there is to see – you’d have to spend a few days here in order to do so.
Highlights were seeing the ‘ball court’ areas and learning about the games the people would play, and climbing to the top of the ‘Nohoch Mul Pyramid’ – the tallest Mayan pyramid on the Yucatan Peninsula – the views of the surrounding jungle were incredible.
Here are some photos from the day.
There are two nearby cenotes, Choo-ha Cenote and Tamcach-ha Cenote, and you can go underground into both.
Choo-ha Cenote is a small, dark cave with incredible stalactite formations.
We had the whole place to ourselves for about twenty minutes and it was honestly kind of eerie!
Tamcach-ha Cenote is essentially an enormous cavern with steep steps for access. There are a couple of platforms off the staircase for you to jump from – with the top one being pretty damn high. John jumped it a few times, of course.
Watch the video below!