We decided to keep our rental car for another day, and make our first trip to the Mayan ruins of Cobá. We had been told that it was far less visited than the more touristy Chichen Itza; and that you could still climb the ruins. To reach Cobá, you follow the coast south from Playa to Tulum; another ruins site. From there you go North West, directly away from the coast into the jungle, for about 40km.
The ruins of Cobá have not really been restored; the jungle has been cleared away, so the site is exposed, and that’s about it. It is estimated that this was at one time home for between 50,000 and 100,000 people; making it one of the largest cities of the Mayan world. It was inhabited from about 600-900 ad. Only a few of the estimated (they don’t really know) 6500 structures have been uncovered.
The main pyramid here, Nohoc Mul, is the tallest on the entire Yucatán at over 125 feet. It is also a very steep climb. I’m sure the pics will tell that story. Yes, we even had fun there!
Our plan was to also visit Tulum, and Akumal, but we spent almost the whole day at Cobá, and didn’t really have time for anything else. We did make it to those sites on another day. More to come. I hope our pictures do Cobá justice.