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Coba

Trip Planner Mexico  /  Yucatan Peninsula  /  Quintana Roo  /  Coba
(4.3/5 based on 5,500+ reviews for 8 attractions)
Things to do: historic sites, nature, sightseeing
Coba is an ancient Maya city on the Yucatán Peninsula, located in what is now northeastern Quintana Roo, Mexico. The site is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, and it contains many engraved and sculpted stelae that document ceremonial life and important events of the Late Classic Period of Mesoamerican civilization. The adjacent modern village bearing the same name, reported a population of 1,278 inhabitants in the 2010 Mexican federal census.Site Layout and DescriptionThe ruins of Coba lie 44 km northwest of Tulum, in the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The geographical coordinates of Coba Group are North 19° 29.6’ and West 87° 43.7’. The archaeological zone is reached by a two-kilometer branch from the asphalt road connecting Tulum with Nuevo Xcán on the Valladolid to Cancún highway.Coba is located around two lagoons. A series of elevated stone and plaster roads radiate from the central site to various smaller sites near and far. These are known by the Maya term sacbe or white road. Some of these causeways go east, and the longest runs over 100km westwards to the site of Yaxuna. The site contains several large temple pyramids, the tallest, in what is known as the Nohoch Mul group of structures, being some 42m in height. Ixmoja is the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán peninsula.
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