Coba Ruins & Cenote
Yet another magical journey into Mayan Land, as we visit the mystical ruins of Coba, near the town of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Some of these captivating structures date back to 100 BC, and the temple pyramid at Coba is the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula. Many important inscriptions are carved into the stone in the Coba Ruins, including calendars, mayan prophecies and important dates to the ancient Maya.
We then proceed on our air-conditioned luxury vehicles to a beautiful Cenote. A cenote is a freshwater sinkhole in the jungle, where you can snorkel and swim in the waters this sacred mayan place, and discover the beauty of the underwater caverns and tunnels.
Coba is located around two lagoons. A series of elevated stone and plaster roads radiate from the central site to various smaller sites near and far. These are known by the Maya term sacbe (plural sacbeob). Some of these causeways go east to the Caribbean coast, and the longest runs over 100 kilometres (62 mi) westwards to the site of Yaxuna. The site contains several large temple pyramids, the tallest, in what is known as the Nohoch Mul group of structures, being some 42 metres (138 ft) in height. Nohoch Mul is the tallest pyramid on the Yucatan peninsula.
Coba is estimated to have had some 50,000 inhabitants (and possibly significantly more) at its peak of civilization, and the built up area extends over some 80 km². The site was occupied by a sizable agricultural population by the 1st century. The bulk of Coba’s major construction seems to have been made in the middle and late Classic period, about 500 to 900, with most of the dated hieroglypic inscriptions from the 7th century. However Coba remained an important site in the Post-Classic era and new temples were built and old ones kept in repair until at least the 14th century, possibly as late as the arrival of the Spanish.
- Pick-up and Return to your hotel or lodging location.
- Air-Conditioned Transportation.
- Snorkel Eqpmnt. and Life Vest.
- Multilingual Guide all day.
- Cold water available all day.
- Entrance tickets to Coba Ruins.
- Entrance ticket to a wonderful cenote.
- Buffet Lunch (Drinks not included).
- For groups of 4 or more people, a Federal Archaeological Guide is included (can be otherwwise hired at the ruins for $35)
WHAT TO BRING
- Biodegradable suntan lotion (please apply before the tour starts)
- Tennis shoes or sandals
- Some extra money (for tips or available extras)
- Wetsuit if you have one
- A swimming t-shirt to protect you from the sun, this way we protect the sharks by moderating the use of suntan lotion
- A lot of fun
YOU CAN ADD EXTRA ACTIVITIES
- Tulum Ruins (for $20 USD)
- Jungle Adventure Park (for $35 USD)