Situated just two hours outside of Cancun, Mexico, is Coba , one of the most prominent ancient Mayan sites in the Yucatan Peninsula. If you are looking for Mayan ruins you can climb you ‘re in luck, you can still climb Coba Ruins .
Re: Coba ruins worth it ? A full tour of the site on a tricycle costs 200 pesos (plus tip) and lasts 2-3 hours depending how long you stop at the places on the way. My trip was close to 3 hours including the climb, would have been well under 2 without it . And yes it’s worth it .
Coba Ruins Entrance Price Entrance to the site is 75 pesos . Entrance is free on Sundays for residents with ID and nationals.
The pyramids and temples are common at most of the ancient Mayan sites around Yucatan and Quintana Roo but to prevent injury and damage to them many are roped off and you can’t climb. There are though 3 that you can climb. Coba , Uxmal and one in Izamal.
You are no longer able to climb the ruins at Chichen Itza and have not been able to for several years now. You are still able to climb Coba and Ek Balam, both of which are only partially excavated/restored and well worth visiting. Its been years since you could climb the ruins at either Chichen or Tulum.
Tikal Temple IV
If you’re only going to do one and you’re doing it to see Mayan ruins, then Coba is a better choice. It’s better preserved and more interesting archeologically. The setting of Tulum is beautiful, but the ruins are not as impressive. You could do Coba and add in a swim in a cenote on the way back.
For many years Coba was an ignored piece of Mayan history due to its location. Visitors can enjoy shaded walkways that are the original sacbe (white roads), three settlements that show the architecture and vast area of this once large city, 2 ball courts and climb the highest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan, Nohoch Mul.
Maya pyramids The Maya are a people of southern Mexico and northern Central America (Guatemala, Belize, western Honduras, and El Salvador) with some 3,000 years of history. Archaeological evidence shows the Maya started to build ceremonial architecture approximately 3,000 years ago.
Tulum is a must visit. The access fee is $35- 40 pesos (video cameras extra $30 pesos) and the visit timetable is 8 am to 5 pm, everyday. It is important to mention that it is necessary to park the your car at the shopping center’s parking lot (an extra $30 pesos fee) when arriving through the main ruins entrance.
Nohoch Mul pyramid
Coba is a 21/2 to 3 hour drive from Cancun . You take the coastal highway south to Tulum, then turn inland. There are bus tours from the hotel zone, or you can rent a car and drive yourself.
Q: HOW FAR AWAY IS COBA ? A: Coba is about a 1 hour and 45 Minute drive from Playa del Carmen . Q: WHAT IS SPECIAL OR UNIQUE ABOUT THE COBA MAYAN RUINS ? A: Coba is the only Mayan Ruins site in the area to be set in the jungle, which gives it a mystical “Indiana Jones” feel.