Coba means "waters stirred by wind". An appropriate Mayan name as this settlement has 2 large lagoons amongst the many temples that make up the archaeological site.

Coba is located inland from Tulum about 1/2 hr drive up the 109. Since its opening to the public in 1973 Coba has continually been an archaeological dig site. What makes it different from the many other ruins in this area of Mexico is that Coba is not a single ruin site but a vast group of sites connected to the central pyramid. It is believed that more than 6000 structures exist but only 3 settlements are open to the public. To this day tourists can still climb the highest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan, Nohoch Mul. The view from the top is amazing.

Travel Times

Visit Coba any time of the year on a side street adventure. Don’t forget your bug spray and bring a light coat in the winter months because it can get chilly.

Must See

The ruin site is the main attraction and the reason 400000 tourists visit every year. Stepping back centuries in time and daydreaming about how the Mayans lived is a really cool way to spend a day.

Helpful Links

Check it out on Wikipedia

Check out this great ruins map on

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