Loco Advenutes has a Coba travel tour where you can explore Coba three ways! Check out the Do It Yourself Cobá tour, Go with Friends or Book a tour. Each option is easy, and does not require an overly adventurous spirit. The highways to Coba are newly paved and a dream to navigate with only two highways to follow. Our suggestions are based on departures from the Riviera Maya so start planning!
Cobá has the tallest pyramid of all the Mayan ruins in the Yucatan and only a small amount of the site’s buildings excavated. At the height of its population in 400 to 1100 A.D., nearly 50,000 people lived within Cobá. These facts are not readily known by visitors to the area making Cobá an exclusive ruin site.
The site is located on and around 5 lagoons with 3 cenotes close by; the water source for the Mayan settlement. As a major commercial trade center, imports coming into Tulum were trekked to Cobá and further distributed to surrounding Mayan cities. The elaborate system of limestone roads called ‘sacbes’ (pronounced soc beys) that wind through the site points to the distribution of goods to the surrounding areas. There are 50 documented sacbes that range in width from 10 to 30 ft wide up to a length of 62 miles.
As more visitors seek a deeper understanding of Mayan history, Cobá is becoming a more popular ruins site that people want to visit and explore. The site is enormous, so one of the easiest and fun ways to get around are with Mexican tricycles chauffeured by local drivers. These tricycles are affectionately called ‘Mayan Limos’ and are a wonderful option for those not looking forward to a long walk. If a personal chauffeur is not on your agenda, rent a bike so you can cover all corners of this Mayan settlement.
We love to walk the site, but understand that this is not the best option for all visitors. The entire site is 80 square kilometers but visitors only have access to a small portion of the buildings. Shade and lagoons create an authentic and cooler experience while checking out Nohoch Mul and the Templo de Iglesia, the two most popular pyramids at Cobá.
No matter which Loco Adventure option you choose, Cobá is a day tour that will have you back to your original destination in less than 8 hours. If stopping off in local villages is part of your adventure, this will be a full 8-hour day, but it can be done in less time. Located close to Tulum, Tulum visitors can make the trip shorter. If you are in Playa del Carmen or north of Playa, the day will take longer. This trip is far less overwhelming than Chichen Itza.