Coba Ruins Information

Located 44km northwest of Tulum and only 66km from the site at Chichen Itzá. The ruined city of Coba is a Mayan marvel, that was settled at some point between 50 BC and 100 AD.

Coba was built around two lagoons, Lake Macanxoc and Lake Coba. At the peak of its civilisation, Coba was estimated to have had in excess of 50,000 inhabitants! So far excavation efforts have revealed that the site extends to an area of roughly 80 km2.

The Coba site is located in the deep lush jungle of the Yucatan. Although getting there is slightly easier now, as there is a main road connecting the site to local places such as Tulum and Playa Del Carmen.

The INAH operate entrance into the Coba ruins. As with all INAH sites, Mexican citizens are allowed to visit for free on Sundays and National holidays. If you aren’t one for crowds, then we definitely recommend that you visit in the week. Early morning is always the best time to visit sites like Coba, as its generally very hot and humid during the middle of the day.

The entrance to the Coba ruins isn’t as close to the dig site as it may seem. Located over 1 KM from the entrance, we highly recommend renting a bike, or taking a bicycle taxi from the entrance. Bicycles can be rented for around MXN 100. A bicycle Taxi will set you back around MXN 250 – MXN 350.

Depending on your level of fitness, we recommend taking a bicycle taxi. Why? Because, Coba is one of the only sites in Mexico that still allows you to climb the ruins, straight  to the top of the Nohoch Mul Pyramid.

You really won’t want to miss the views from the top of this 42 Meter high (137 Feet) Pyramid. We got to enjoy the ride through the jungle, passing a lot of sweaty grumpy tourists on the way, who really looked like they regretted not taking a bike or bicyle taxi.

Take a good supply of water to the ruins with you, as mentioned it gets very hot during day time hours! We also recommend taking a strong mosquito repellent. You can pick up a can of OFF from most local stores.

Various tours run daily to Coba. Please click here if you would like further information.

If you are mobile while in the area, you can also drive to Coba follow these links for directions from Tulum and Playa Del Carmen.

ADO bus services also run to the site, but do not offer a guided service.


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Charlie Baker
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