Piramide de nohoch mul en cobá

The mayan city of Cobá; What you need to know before your visit

Currently the archaeological zone of Cobá is one of the most emblematic wonders of the entire region, since it’s one of the oldest Mayan cities it has great artistic and historic value.

This is why if you’re exploring the Yucatan Peninsula, we suggest you mark on your itinerary a tour of this great historical site. But first, so you can have a better experience, here is everything you need to know before your visit to the Mayan city of Cobá.

What you need to know before visiting Cobá

1. Where is Coba?

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Panoramic view of Coba

The archaeological zone of Cobá is located in the town of the same name and is characterized as a jewel within nature. One of the greatest advantages of this Mayan city is its location. It’s between the magical town of Tulum and Valladolid, thus having several close attractions to visit.

So you can enjoy your trip to the fullest, don’t forget to consult this guide to know how to get to Cobá from various tourist points in the region.

2. What does Coba mean?

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Discover the surroundings of Coba

A very interesting fact about the Mayan city of Cobá is that it’s closely related to its surroundings, since its name represents the various water sources around the town.

Within Cobá there are five magnificent lakes besides splendid cenotes, so if we were to translate its name “kob – ha” the most accurate term would be “turbid water”.

3. Is the archaeological zone of Cobá open (2023)?

After a long time since INAH announced that the ruins of Cobá would remain closed as part of the Archaeological Zones Improvement Program (Promeza) for conservation work, finally on June 12th, 2023 they announced its reopening.

So, once again this destination opens its doors and invites all travelers to walk among its majestic pyramids and discover its mysterious paths.

Now you can visit it without any problem!

4. How much does the entrance to Cobá cost?

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The mayan city of cobá, town between the jungle

The entrance fee for the archaeological site is $190.00 mxn and in case you need to enter the parking lot it has a rate of $60.00 mxn for cars, and $70.00 mxn for vans.

Although if you are Mexican or a resident of Mexico, we recommend visiting on Sundays, since access is free.

However, you can visit Coba every day of the week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

5. The three groups of the Mayan city of Cobá

The Cobá ruins have an area of ​​almost 70 km² and are divided into three groups, all with various monuments that are worth exploring. The first group is known as the Cobá Group, the second as the Nohoch Mul group, and the third as the Macanxoc group.

Each of these groups have an average distance of 1 to 2 km between each other, so although you can explore freely, it is recommended to go on a guided tour.

6. Explore the largest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula

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Pyramid of Nohoch Mul, archaeological zone of Cobá

One of the attractions that you cannot miss is the Pyramid of Nohoch Mul, located in the group of the same name. This is easily the main structure of the archaeological zone and is known for being the largest pyramid in the entire Yucatan Peninsula, with 120 steps and 42 meters high.

Undoubtedly one of the most imposing monuments in the state.

7. The most famous stela of Cobá

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Explore the stelae of the archaeological zone of Cobá

It is very likely that you have already heard of this great Mayan vestige, but it is true that many are unaware of its location. We are talking about the number one stela of Cobá, best known for the Mayan prophecy about the end of the world.

This wonderful stela is found within the Macanxoc group and what it really represents is the end of an era for the Mayans, which would happen on December 21, 2012.

8. Discover the mysterious paths of Sac-be

Something that you will find around the entire archaeological site are the Sac-be roads, or white roads, which were used in ancient times by the Mayans as a way to do commerce in Cobá, they consist of a network of roads that connects various Mayan cities with each other.

In Cobá, there are currently 45 discovered Sac-be roads, but it is thought that there are many more that are still hidden in the Mayan jungle.

9. What is the best way to tour Cobá?

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Get to know Coba Ruins by Bike

As mentioned in the previous paragraphs, the Mayan city of Cobá is a very extensive site, so doing the tour by walking can be a bit complex. But don’t worry, there are two excellent options that will allow you to get to know the site without any problem.

The first is to make the visit on a bicycle and the second is to take a tricycle, which are available inside the archaeological site and have a price of $150.00 mxn, except for the third area where they charge a fee of $250.00. mxn.

This way you will find the journey much more satisfying, they not only offer you more comfort but they also allow you to enjoy nature as much as you like, since you will have the freedom to explore every corner.

10. How to plan a visit to Cobá?

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Tour with an expert guide in the ruins of Cobá

Now that you know all the important facts about Cobá, you are ready to start your journey. It should be noted that inside the town there are many other activities that you can do, so we recommend you get a room in Cobá.

At Aldea Cobá, Luxury Boutique Hotel, we help you plan the best trip of your life, take advantage of your visit and purchase the private tour to Cobá with us. We also remind you that inside and outside the hotel you can enjoy experiences such as massages, cultural excursions and much more.

Get more information through our direct line 998 402 1130 or through our website.

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