Cobá was a powerful Mayan city, prior to the splendor of Chichén Itzá. In this area was found the Stele One that set December 21st, 2012 as the end of an era in the Mayan calendar –some were sure it was the end of the world.
Atop of Nohoch Mul
By following the ancient Sacbé white roads, you will get to the tallest pyramid in the Riviera Maya. The impressive Nohoch Mul is 137 ft (42 m) tall, about a 10-story building, and you can climb to the top. You can have a panoramic view of the Mayan jungle, a perfect spot to take a picture.
The stone steles found among Cobá were useful to the archaeologist to have more information about the ancient Mayan costumes. Some depict how they dressed, rituals, and even they found that this was the original name of the city.
The Mayan roads
These ancient roads are known as Sac-bé (Sacbeob in plural), and most of them endure until these days. The Mayans built them hundreds of years ago to connect temples or to establish merchant routes with distant cities. There are more than 50 roads at Cobá, and the largest one takes to Yaxuná which is about 62 mi (100 km) away, very close to Chichén Itzá.
Cenotes and lagoons
Cobá means ‘punched water’ and this ancient city was different from others since it was self-sufficient regarding water; it has five lagoons and cenotes in the surrounding area. The main ones are Cobá and Macanxoc which are close to the main entrance.
How to get to Cobá?
Take a tour a Cobá, the ancient Mayan city in the middle of the jungle. You can combine it with a visit to the Tulum archaeological site or enjoy the all-inclusive Xel-Há park to enjoy an unforgettable day.