Thursday, April 7, 2016

Coba Ruins

This week's cold and rain in DC has me thinking of our Spring Break trip in Mexico. After visiting Chichen Itza, we hiked through the wonderful Coba ruins, about 30 miles northwest of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Coba also features the largest pyramid in the Yucatan, which the public is still permitted to climb. It is a cool site, still partially covered by the jungle and spread out over a few kilometers. The kids were great and made it to the top.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Coba pyramid. 23 Mar 2016.
Photo by Patrick Jones. It is a long way down... 
Photo by Patrick Jones. Coba pyramid.
Photo by Patrick Jones. "Iglesia" pyramid, Coba.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Ball court at Coba. 
Photo by Patrick Jones. Kids at the top of a small temple.
The entrance fee is pretty cheap, 50 pesos to park, then about 40 pesos per adult. The kids were free. You can rent bikes to ride to the pyramids easier, but we just walked. The shade from trees in the jungle along the walk was nice. It is definitely worth a day trip. We skipped Tulum on this trip after seeing the ruins and continued on to our resort at Xcaret. Photos from that will have to wait for another post.

As a comparison, here are some photos of our Coba visit from 2005. There were a lot less people visiting the ruins back then.

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