Coba Ruins

Coba Ruins

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.

Us on our trike with our driver huffing and puffing to push us around, not the way we would normally explore...

Us on our trike with our driver huffing and puffing to push us around, not the way we would normally explore…

Mayan Ball Courts

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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.

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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.



Nice boots Hannah… I don’t think they are good for Pyramid hiking!



  • Scott n Emily
    Posted at 00:12h, 04 March Reply

    Good choice. Cobà was awesome.

    • Adam
      Posted at 22:10h, 05 March Reply

      Scott & Emily – Agreed Coba has been our favorite to date!

      • Scott n Emily
        Posted at 18:38h, 08 March Reply

        Did you guys get to see the other ones in the area? Emily really wanted to hit up Chichen Itza but she wasn’t up for the bus ride.

        • Hannah
          Posted at 20:15h, 08 March Reply

          We did go to the Tulum Ruins, but we didn’t make it to Chichen Itza. We had been to Tulum and some in Belize prior to Coba, so we didn’t think we needed to venture much further. It definitely was a great day trip, well worth it!

  • tharobster
    Posted at 12:18h, 12 April Reply

    i thought coba best too , walking pyramid cool . there are some ruins 10 mins from tulum , a pyramid , temple etc at MUYIL just along the 307 road south of tulum 10 mins . and secret lagoon right next to it . i put them on my blog if you wonder where they are . cool site cheers

    • Hannah
      Posted at 18:33h, 13 April Reply

      Thanks for the extra info! Glad you enjoyed Coba as much as we did! We did think the Tulum ruins were beautiful too! Glad your liking the site, stay tuned for the real adventure to start!

  • lyn barden
    Posted at 05:00h, 16 July Reply

    First photo’s Ive seen of the Mayan ruins at Coba. Different architecture. Think I would need more than a rope to get to the top of the Pyramid – probably an oxygen tank as well. wow! It is so steep!

  • Emmalene
    Posted at 05:05h, 07 October Reply

    Loved Coba – and we walked there and back! Luckily we had a nice swim in a cenote afterwards to cool us down 🙂

  • JPVMurphy
    Posted at 06:57h, 25 November Reply

    We were there 18 years ago and it was very dense jungle to get to it. Glad to see more people there now. Did you go into Campeche to Calakmul or .Becan? Those barely had paths to them but we’re amazing ruins with glyphs still visible.

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