Coba Ruins Yucatan – the last of the three important Mayan cities in the Yucatan area, located about 90 km east of the Maya site of Chichen Itza a 44 km northwest of Tulum.
The village is located around two lagoons, and a series of elevated stone and plaster roads radiate from the central site to various smaller sites near and far.
At the peak of civilization, Coba Ruins -Yucatan is said to have had over 50.000 inhabitants (!) and the area extends over 80 square kilometers. The massive size of the place comes into recognition when you visit the Coba site. This place is big, enormous. It is possible to rent bikes or even someone to stamp in the pedals for you and drive you to the site.
The site has been active in an impressive period from about year 500 until at least the 14th century, possibly as late as the arrival of the Spanish. Evidence indicates that the first settlers came between 100 BC and 100 AD. Coba has signs of both contacts with central Mexico and Guatemala, and must, therefore, have had close contact with a wide area. The last inhabitants abandoned Coba at the time the Spanish conquered the peninsula around 1550.
The archaeological site of Coba has increasingly has become more visited by both national and international tourism in Mexico. One of the main attraction to visitors of Coba is the Ancient Pyramid wich unlike any other Pyramid in Yucatan is still open for the public to climb its 130 steps up to the top of the site. Furthermore, several tour operators are taking in tourists from all the top destinations. But remember the TravellersTip – grab a private taxi, and let him take you there in peace and quiet style instead.