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December 26, 2010
St. Augustine, Florida
October 4, 2009
From journal Exploring Southeastern Yucatan :: Tulum & Coba
November 27, 2007
From journal Adventures in the Yucatan
February 10, 2007
Anyway, you pass through their stores, and if you think stuff is going to be cheap, think again. I really wanted to buy something, but it seemed overpriced to me.
The roads getting here are tough, so be ready for a bumpy ride. We did it in an air-conditioned van.
Bring a backpack with water and snacks and sunscreen. The walk through the ancient Mayan ruins to the pyramid was a bit much for my companion. You can rent a bike to ride up to it, stopping along the way at the other ruins. Our friends who rented the bikes regretted it because the bikes are LOUSY, have no shocks, and are old and in disrepair. We hiked miles, and when we got to the pyramid, my companion was so tired that I hired a local who drove a bicycle with a seat for two up front to take us back down. I think this cost me about $5, and boy did that guy work for it (relax, I gave him a good tip).
From journal Cancun and Cozumel: Land of the Mayans
January 10, 2005
Most of this ancient city remains unexcavated, but what is uncovered can be explored on bikes, which can be rented inside the park. Bring some cash, as these bikes are not part of the addmission cost. The most memorable sites were (for me) the sacbes--the ancient roads that were paved with coastal sand and reflected the moonlight so one could travel by night--the Mayan ball court--not as dramatic, but much much older than in Chichen Itza--and, of course, the main pyramid, Nohoch Mul. This is the largest pyramid in the northern Yucatan, at 42m and 90-some-odd steps, and you are allowed to climb up. The view from the top is beautiful--lush green jungle, the nearby lakes, and the occasional ruin.
From journal A week of bliss in Riviera Maya
Brooklyn, New York
December 17, 2004
If you have a bit of time in Mexico, I would highly recommend this day trip. Also, because of all the wonderful little towns you drive through to get to Coba, you get to see how people really live. We met a partially blind man who was carving hanging monkeys. He was living in a shack with his wife and children. They were extremely kind, although a bit shy, and actually said they knew someone from Brooklyn. Small world!
Make sure to drive slowly, the road to Coba has tarantula crossing and many potholes. You'll also pass a cenote here and there if you desire to snorkel. If you're planning on buying true Mayan art, do it while driving down this road. You'll avoid the tourist traps and find some really interesting items.
When you arrive near Coba, you'll find a few little shops selling tourist items, drinks, and soda. You might want to eat in Tulum before you get here, or bring your lunch. Also near the parking area is a HUGE lagoon that you should stay away from. There are crocodiles in there, so stick to dry land!
We got to Coba around 3pm, and most people had already left to get back before dark. We paid a modest entry fee and entered the ruins. We avoided the men who wanted to take us on a tour and immediately started to walk around. Because there was no one around, I really felt relaxed and got an idea of how it was like to have lived like a Mayan. There was a ball court where teams would play against each other. The winners would be sacrificed to the gods, which is considered a great honor.
The ruins aren't in perfect shape, and a lot is yet to be uncovered ( only 6% or so has been excavated, believe it or not). But it's so breathtaking to climb that pyramid and pop your head out of the jungle. There is a rope hanging off the pyramid that helps you get up or down. It's pretty steep, so you'll find yourself going down on your bum or climbing down using the rope.
Apparently there is a road near the main pyramid that leads all the way to Chichen Itza. This is how the Mayans traded with each other. All of this is still covered by jungle.
Although harmless, do know that you will see tarantulas scuttling across the paths. This is the jungle. Also, there are a lot of mosquitoes.
From journal Mayan Riviera: Things to do!
by Calm Lady
November 10, 2003
From journal Riveria Maya
January 6, 2003
We hiked down to Nohoch Mul, the big pyramid. This is the biggest pyramid in Yucatanean Mexico, and I was determined to hike it. Katie was somewhat less determined, though she did want to take pictures of Mom doing this silly thing. I hiked up, took pictures, looked at the temple at the top, especially the carving of the descending God, and went down again.
We hadn't just hiked out to the Nohoch Mul pyramid, we had stopped along the way. The whole hike from the entrance to Nohoch Mul is about two kilometers each way. On the way we checked out a sacbe, and stopped at a number of stelae, including stela #20, which was the one with the date that was lost for many years (I'll add the story to this page later).
Afterwards we headed back to the entrance, where we drank a coke and did some shopping.
From journal Mom and daughter in the Yucatan
by El Bigote
Norwich, United Kingdom
November 13, 2001
The site can be reached by bus, from Tulum or Valladolid, though the bus service can be a bit unpredictable and is fairly infrequent (if you’re really stuck, you can always get a taxi back to Tulum, which is inexpensive by US/European standards). The bus stops at a pleasant café/bar/restaurant, from where you can get your onward ticket, and there are a couple more places to eat/drink near the site entrance, which is perhaps a 10-15 minute walk from the bus stop (and is fairly well sign-posted).
From journal Yucatan
April 1, 2001
The site is easy to miss. We sailed right past the hand painted sign. There’s a small fee to park in the dirt lot and a strip of craft stores. The site boasts the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula, Nohoch Mul, that’s taller even than the Castillo at Chichen Itza.
The jungle hums with bees and we’re told its not uncommon to hear howler monkeys.
I was most impressed with the Temple of Churches, which allows you to climb up only to a certain point. Once inside you are also accosted by guides, I suspect a few of them to be freelance, who will take you around. There is very little signage or description, so you may want the guide, or at least a good guide book.
These ruins seem older than Chichen Itza, and in a more advanced state of decay. Each site is spaced out quite a bit. You can rent bicycles for $2.50US once inside, and I would HIGHLY recommend it, unless you are really craving a long humid walk through the jungle. Go early, take insect repellant and water. You can climb Nohoch Mul, but I took a pass, both from the heat and from the crumbling state of the long stair case. I ventured up a few steps to the first big landing and could see the other pyramid poking out from the treetops. Its quiet and remote here, much less commercial than Chichen Itza and very impressive in itself.
Pass on the cafes here, unless you have an iron stomach and want to tempt fate. The craft market didn’t offer anything I couldn’t find anywhere in Playa at the same prices, but I was delighted that the bathrooms (which they charged us $10Mex (about a dollar) to use were really clean. In fact, I was impressed with the cleanliness of bathrooms all over the area, and I’ve seen some scary ones living in New York City. You can get tours from many places in Playa, but I don’t know how much they are.
From journal Paradise in spite of Cancun