Cobá: climb the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula!
What you need to know
- Cobá was one of the most powerful Mayan cities in the Yucatan Peninsula during the Classic period and before Chichén Itzá’s appearance.
- Cobá’s citizens were great merchants. For this purpose, the Maya built an extensive system of white roads called sacbeob, so they could travel by night and avoid the intense rays of the sun due to the color of the soil. The largest sac-bé or “white road” ends in Yaxuná, just a few miles south of Chichén Itzá.
- Do you remember the buzz about December 21, 2012? The common belief about the end of the world was due to an inscription on the Stele One of Cobá that represents the last day of an era in the Mayan calendar.
- The tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula is at Cobá. Known as Nohoch Mul, it is 137 ft (42 m) tall, which is a similar height of a 10-story building.
- Within the Cobá territory there are five lagoons, and according to some experts, its name means punched water.
- During its golden age, it had about 50,000 inhabitants. It doesn’t look like a large number nowadays, but can you imagine how it was like to produce enough goods for everyone about 1,500 years ago?
Discover this ancient Mayan city in the middle of the jungle by taking a Tour to Cobá. Plus, you will travel comfortably and also enjoy a visit to Xel-Há, or you can combine it to enter the Tulum archaeological site on the same day!