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The Mayan ruins at Coba are still largely unexcavated, of the estimated 6,500 structures that are believed to exist at the site, only a few are currently uncovered. It is believed to date back to 600-900 AD with an estimated 100,000 inhabitants.
After you climb to the top of the largest pyramid at the sight, Nohoch Muul, you can see a few structures peeking out of the surrounding jungle which sits on the shore of two lakes.
Our first trip to Coba was several years ago, at the time it was largely undiscovered by tourists and tour operators and we saw very few people as we explored the site. We rented a car and drove to the ruins and explored on our own.
On our 2nd visit in December 2004, it wasn't overcrowded but it was obvious that Coba was now on the tourist radar perhaps because the bumpy road between the highway and Coba had been repaired and it was a little easier to get to. This time we visited on a daytrip with Alltournative, a local guide took us around the section of the ruins near the entrance, then our group rented bikes or "Mayan limousines" to see the main attraction of the pyramid.
- Pros:Closer to Cancun and the Riviera Maya than Chichen Itza
- Cons:Still largely unexcavated
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