Unlike its neighbors, Chichen Itza and Tulum, Coba has drifted relatively under the radar in terms of popularity. That’s because it wasn’t open to the public until the 1970s because the surrounding jungle was too thick to penetrate.
Today, only a small percentage of the site has been excavated, but it is one of the largest Mayan cities, spanning about 30 square miles. Bicycles are available for rent to explore the four square miles that are open to the public.
What’s cool about Coba is that it is one of the last remaining archaeological sites in Mexico that visitors can still climb.
The pyramid to scale is Nohoch Mul, the main structure, which is ascended via steep, slippery stone steps. It’s worth it for the view, though, which spans miles in every direction out over the thick, green jungle.
Address: Carretera Federal Tulum 307, 77793 Cobá, Q.R., Mexico