The next morning Yolanda, Enjolie and myself all woke up early to try and get out to Cobá, Tulum and Xcharet.
The drive from Cancun to Cobá was a little bit over 2 hours. Once you arrive at the Cobá archaeological zone you can get around on foot, with a bicycle, or on a chauffeured tricycle referred to as a Mayan limo. After entering we walked over to the Grupo Cobá located by the main entrance, after reading about the small scale ball court and surrounding structures and taking some pictures we wanted to head over to main attraction at Cobá. Speaking to a Mayan limo “driver” we learned that the most popular mountain on the Cobá archaeological zone, Pirámide Nohoch Mul, was about 6km into the zone. This might seem to be good walking distance, however, like we were planning to climb the pyramid we knew the walk back could be very tiring and we were in somewhat of a rush so we decided we should get another form of transport. Yolanda decided to rent a Mayan limo for an hour and I, like I enjoy doing most of the work myself, rented a bicycle and followed them. Happy to say, unlike in Isla Mujeres no kissing of the floor was done this time around.
On our way to Nohoch Mul we saw a nest of a specie of bees that doesn’t sting, the longest sacbe (white road) that ends close to Chichén Itzá and was used by the Mayans for trade, amongst several other structures.
The Nohoch Mul pyramid was the amongst the tallest during Mayan times standing over 135 feet tall. From the top of the mountain you could see all nearby Mayan tribes – back then there were no trees in Cobá and royalty would sit on top of Pyrámide Nohoch Mul and watch other tribes especially the trade conducted by the people of Cobá.
Although it looks intimidating climbing up the pyramid is not too difficult – it’s the climb down that feels very steep and unsafe. You will see many people sitting down or holding on to the rope in the center to go down. It is quite incredible to think that so many years ago people would go up and down these temples/pyramids on a daily basis.
After coming down from the pyramid we headed back to the entrance stopping along the way to see some of the very few stones that still have paint utilized by the Mayans (many of the structures found on various archaeological zones were once painted in a variety of colors the most sacred color being red). Once we got back to the main entrance we quickly headed out towards Tulum.
Tips/Prices for visiting Coba Spring 2017:
- Transportation – unfortunately, like I went in a car I do not know the costs on the bus but I will be providing links to the ADO bus in a later post, which is available from both Cancun & Playa Del Carmen
- Parking is 10MX
- Entrance in 70MX – when you enter there will be a sign about a video fee but I disregarded it and had no issues recording
- Bicycle rental is 50MX for the full day
- Mayan Limo sitting up to 2 people is 250MX for an hour in which they do the “short tour”
- On a bicycle getting around the full site takes about 1.5 hours, on foot about 2.5
- The road is not a perfect smooth pavement so do expect it to be bumpy if you plan on renting a bicycle
- They have tour guides available but as I’ve previously stated I think they share just as much as the internet would