Though not as large as some of the more famous ruins, Cobá is ‘cool’ because you feel like you’re in an Indiana Jones flick. It’s set deep in the jungle and many of the ruins are yet to be excavated. Walk along ancient sacbes (stone-paved avenues), climb up vine-covered mounds, and ascend to the top of Nohoch Mul for a spectacular view of the surrounding jungle.
From a sustainable-tourism perspective, it’s great to stay the night in small communities such as Cobá, but truthfully it has pretty slim pickings in the way of hotel offerings. Other ways to help are by hiring local guides, buying local crafts and simply stopping here for lunch.
Cobá destination guides
Coba Ruins Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya
Leave Cancun and Riviera Maya behind and take a day trip to the stunning Mayan ruins of Coba. Climb to the top of the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan peninsula and learn historical and cultural facts about the ancient community that called Coba home. Coba is an ancient Mayan village in the state of Quintana Roo, located roughly 95 miles (170km) away from Cancun.
Cancun Combo: Xel-Ha and Coba Ruins in One Day from Cancun
Discover the Mayan ruins of Coba and dive into Xel-Ha, a natural aquatic park, on this combo tour from Cancun – all in one day! Bike around the archaeological site of Coba and view the Yucatan Peninsula from Nohoch Mul Pyramid, hidden in lush jungle.