coba nohock mul pyramidCoba “Ruffled Waters”, built between two lake, was the oldest and most populated (50,000) of all Mayan cities; covering an area of more than 80 square kilometers, with the tallest pyramid on the Yucatan Peninsula. Coba was at the center of a major intersection of sophisticated Maya highway construction.

More than 50 mysterious 4 foot high and 30 foot wide roads (Sacbes) with ramps and intersections, run in straight lines from the farthest points of the Mayan’s realm to converge at the temple square here.

As the Mayas had no wheeled transport or draft animals, these “highways” have not been fully explained, although Coba is believed to have been an important trade link between the inland and the coast. It has been suggested that the roads facilitated mass pilgrimages. The architectural syle is from the Classic period and closely related to Tikal in Guatemala.

There are no concessions inside the park, so pack your lunch and plenty of drinks and mosquito repellant. Coba, Mexico lies deep within the Yucatan jungle and requires a mile hike (boots and hat).

cobaPark rangers are stationed at the entrance; and the main trail is wide and well marked, but, if you decide to “strike out” on a side trail into the jungle; consider enlisting an ever-present guide. Outside the entrance you will find several good hotels, including:

* Ceiba del Mar
* Maroma
* Mosquito Blue
* El Faro
* Cabanas la Conchita
* Ikal del Mar
* Royal Hideaway

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