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Mexico  country
North America  continent
Main date(s)
c. 100-1500
20.492874° N, 87.724221° W
Opening hours
Daily 8-5
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Description of Coba

Coba is a large group of sites connected to a central temple complex by a series of ceremonial "white roads" (sacbéob). There are more than 16 of these roads at Coba and their arrangement and purpose remains something of a mystery. Sometimes, for instance, a sacbe that is miles long will reach a very tiny ruin. Sacbe 1 travels west from Coba in a straight line for an astounding 62 miles to the site of Yaxuna, 12 miles south of Chichen Itza.

The Coba complex was built among a small group of shallow, reedy lakes - its name means "ruffled waters." The temples are in a poor state of preservation and much remains to be excavated. But there are still a number of interesting temple pyramids and palaces at Coba, which are constructed in the Peten style.

It takes about 3-4 miles of walking and at least that many hours to explore most of Coba. The temple near the entrance to the site is the Grupo Coba pyramid, which is worth climbing for the excellent views of the surrounding jungle landscape, with various temples and pyramids poking up through the canopy.

Nohoc Mul is the largest pyramid at Coba, standing at over 130 feet in height. This pyramid naturally provides even more spectacular views.

Holly Hayes
October 30, 2011

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