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.

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.


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



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.

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9 thoughts on “Coba Ruins”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

    • 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!

      • 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.

        • 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!

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