Cobá Center of the Mayan Universe

26 Oct

Since moving to Mexico, Lisa and I have wanted to visit the pyramides of Cobá. It is north, turn left at Tulum and follow the signs. There was a tropical storm predicted but we were unfazed. The weather in Mexico is much like Texas, wait an hour and it changes.



We arrived early to beat the crowds. Tour buses can empty out and make even a spacious site such as Cobá (almost 50 sq miles which housed 50,000 people at its peak population) feel crowded.

Walking through the jungle.

Walking through the jungle.

We spent $20US for a tour guide. Ixmael, a local guy who taught himself English. He made our trip fun and answered our endless questions.

A great guide shows us around.

Lisa with Karen Flowers, our friend  from Tulum.

Pedicabs made the trekking easier after climbing the highest pyramid in the Yucatan peninsula.


Nohoch Mul is 138 feet tall. It will be closed to climbing in 2015.

130 steps to the top.

130 steps to the top.

View from the top with rain cloud.

View from the top with rain cloud.

Cobá has wonderful carvings, columns and early Mayan ball courts.

Put a leather ball through the ring without using hands or feet.

Put a leather ball through the ring without using hands or feet.

Stone columns.

Stone columns.

Carving of a Mayan king.

Carving of a Mayan king.

Watching over a grisley ritual.

Watching over a grisley ritual.

They jungle itself was also amazing.


Shopping opportunity outside the gate.

Shopping opportunity outside the gate.

Driving home, the sky amazed as always.


The pyramids of Mexico give us added respect for a country with an ancient history. You’re welcome to ride shotgun with the Tortas as we work our way around the Yucatan. See you next week.


Sunrise of the week.

Sunrise of the week Laguna Bacalar.

10 Responses to “Cobá Center of the Mayan Universe”

  1. emilievardaman October 26, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    I have never visited any of the ancient Mayan pyramids. I won’t make it tom his one before climbing up is stopped, and I’m so sorry for that.
    Thank you for this little trip!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 26, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      Our bucket list is so long we’ll never be able to complete it. Some days we just appreciate getting out of bed!


  2. Karen October 26, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    A day at Coba with you two was great. Love the photos, especially the tree, amazing!


    • afish25 October 26, 2014 at 11:38 am #

      Thank you Karen for being our tour guide and fellow Torta. The little showers did not stop us!


  3. LJones October 26, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    Wow – you have inspired me to check this out! I will be in Bacalar next week:)


    • afish25 October 26, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      It will be good to see you. There are so many Mayan sites. Maybe we can go off for an adventure while you’re here.


  4. garth October 26, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    what a strange and wonderful world we live in. each of us in our own private jungle climbing up to get a look at the larger perspective. almost like a capsule of human history. cool

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    • april October 26, 2014 at 10:10 am #

      We went to Coba the first time last winter. Amazing and paid for a guide who made the journey so interesting I love the ball courts and how they played. I did not do the steps but hubby and brother did. Long long way up there. There is such a variety of ruins around Tulum and each one holds a special spot.


    • afish25 October 26, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      In the US we have little ancient history. It is really a rich cultural experience here.


    • afish25 October 26, 2014 at 11:42 am #

      The pyramids and cenotes, unique.


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