On our day trip with our rental car we went to the Mayan site of Coba. The site itself is very spread out, we opted to rent a bike with a driver and it still took us over an hour to see all of the structures. We were glad we didn’t walk it, Adam definitely wouldn’t have made it! These ruins were some of the best-preserved site we have seen, and they had some features that don’t exist at all sites.
Mayan Ball Courts
The Mayan people had a game that they played a rubber ball, with a ring on each side of the court. It seemed to be a mix between basketball, and soccer, with a little bit of racquetball mixed in. No one is exactly sure how it was played, but these were the first courts on a Mayan site we had seen.
The Watch Tower
The watch tower is different from most Mayan buildings in its shape. Notice the roundness of the corners, typically the architecture is very square and pyramid-like.
In The Jungle
What was interesting about this site is that it hasn’t been as cleared as most others, you still feel like you are in the jungle somewhat.
Places in Mexico to Visit Before or After Playa del Carmen
If you’ve got more time to explore Mexico there are some amazing places nearby you should check out. If you can’t make it on this trip consider them on your next trip. Make sure to check out some of our other Mexico articles to fuel your wanderlust.