Beauties of Yucatan: the magnificent Mayan ruins of Coba

phortun @phortun
· December 2018 · 3 min read · Mexico · #photography

Hi there my Steemit friends and followers!

I prepared another episode of my travel series called Beauties of Yucatan for you today. After introducing you to the beautiful Ik Kil Cenote last week, I am going to take you to one of the most impressive historic places in all Mexico - the magnificent ancient Mayan ruins of Coba.


Front view of the Nohoch Mul Pyramid, the most dominant architectural landmark of the complex.

Located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, some 44 km (27 mi) northwest of Tulum, a popular tourist town on the coast of the Mayan Riviera, Coba used to be a prominent ancient Mayan city and one of the main centers of the Mesoamerican civilization between the 1st and 7th century.


As you can see in the photos, tourists are allowed to climb up to the very top of the pyramid that stands impressive 42 m (137 ft) tall.

It is estimated that the city of Coba had at least 50,000 (but possibly even much more) inhabitants during its golden age, making it one of the largest ancient Mayan cities in all Central America.


It is quite a strenuous climb, especially under the scorching Mexican sun, but if you make it to the very top of the pyramid, you will be rewarded with some breathtaking views.


The aerial view of the lush green jungle surrounding Coba is just priceless.

The built-up area of Coba covered more than 80 sq km (31 sq mi) and it included a number of impressive buildings, temples, pyramids, causeways and other pieces of ancient Mayan architecture.


Another interesting pyramid found on the site.


The individual structures are up to several kilometers apart. There are basically 3 ways of getting around the complex - you can walk, rent a bike or you can use a bike taxi.


The pathways connecting the ruins are nicely shaded by the dense tropical vegetation so it really is possible to just walk around the place.

The Coba Ruins receive over 700,000 visitors each year, making it one of the most visited old Mayan sites in the country. There are several hotels and many restaurants, souvenirs shops and other stands scattered on the site and its vicinity.


Apart from the impressive architectural landmarks of the place, I was also intrigued by the local flora...


...and fauna. These huge colorful larvae are caterpillars of the giant silk moth. We saw them on many trees all over the place.


Right next to the main entrance to the Coba Ruins, just across the road, there is the beautiful Lake Coba.


It looks clear and refreshing but swimming is definitely not recommended here as the lake is home to a large population of crocodiles. We saw a couple of them while just walking along the shore.

The admission fee to the Coba Ruins was just some 70 Mexican pesos (about 3.5 USD) per person (as of summer 2017) and I must say it was totally worth it. The Coba Ruins are not as famous and crowded as the ones at Chichen Itza but to me, they were just as impressive and beautiful, if not even more. You can easily spend the whole day just hanging around this magnificent complex with a very special atmosphere.


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xrplover @xrploverDecember 2018

Great pictures.
Would it be possible to climb the Nohoch Mul Pyramid without holding the rope?

phortun @phortunDecember 2018

Thanks! Yes, it is possible but it is very dangerous without the rope. The steps are very steep and slippery.

LilTammy @liltammyDecember 2018

Z Coba svet na dlani !! :)

phortun @phortunDecember 2018

Přesně :)

Remy @guchtereDecember 2018

Look at that view from the top, only trees as far as the human eye can see. How many buildings are there at those 80km square meter? And those caterpillars are like WTF!? Thanks for sharing the Coba Ruins with us.

phortun @phortunDecember 2018

I thank you for stopping by man and for picking this post in the travelfeed selection of the day! :) Oh yeah, the view from the top was breathtaking - nothing but green jungle all around :)

Remy @guchtereDecember 2018

No thanks at all @phortun, Enjoyed reading your post and watching the pictures. Still amazed by those catterpillars! 😅

phortun @phortunDecember 2018

Glad you enjoyed the post :) Oh yeah, those caterpillars were disturbingly massive! :D

armentor @armentorDecember 2018

Been to Tulum a few times and didn't even know Coba existed. That larvae!

phortun @phortunDecember 2018

Glad to discover this hidden gem for you my friend so that you can check it out next time ;)

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phortun @phortunDecember 2018

Yay!! What a nice surprise! Thank so much guys and @guchtere especially! Made my day :)

Valth @valthDecember 2018

I really liked reading this post about the Coba ruins. It's cool to see that people are able to climb to the top of the pyramids even tough it probably increases the rate of which it gets destroyed. But it seems like a very cool experience.
And those caterpillars look huge!

phortun @phortunDecember 2018

Good point with the deterioration caused by the visitors but in fact, most of the other Mayan pyramids are closed to public for safety reasons. Several people have already fallen to their death from them. Very sad.

Valth @valthDecember 2018

Oh wow, I didn't know that it could be that dangerous. It makes a lot of sense that they have closed them in that case!

phortun @phortunDecember 2018

Yeah, there is no solid railings and the stone base is slippery. Combined with those heights, it is pretty dangerous indeed.

bucipuci @bucipuciDecember 2018

Další daleké místo aspoň kousek viděno z blízka ;-)

phortun @phortunDecember 2018


Amazing pics! Those caterpillars are RIDICULOUSLY huge. What is the food like there?

phortun @phortunDecember 2018

Thanks :) That caterpillars were massive! Oh I love the Mexican cuisine - I put habanero in everything :D Super hot.

Dude that is so impressive! Great report and great pictures. Now I have another destination where I have to go to! Thanks for that :D
Are there any opening times for this area? I think at sunrise it looks even more magical.
Great job!

phortun @phortunDecember 2018

Thanks Chris! I think it opens at 9 am so no sunrise sceneries with the pyramids in the background I am afraid :( But this place looks cool at any time :) Hopefully, you will visit it too ;) Safe travels back to Asia buddy!

Stephan @steef-05December 2018

Oh I loved visiting such places when I was in Guatemala. So much history and like you said, priceless views from the top of the temples and pyramids.

How big are these larvae, they look insanely huge on the photo.

phortun @phortunDecember 2018

I heard Guatemala has some stunning places like this too. I have only been to the capital so far and just for a few hours during a stopover :)

The larvae was about 10 cm each. I took a pretty close close-up :D