COBA. Co-ba. Co-BA. It’s a strong sounding name, isn’t it? Coba, say it with me, with an accent like you are Antonio Banderas. Co-Ba. Coba is a cool place. It is lush and green compared to some of the other local Yucatan Archaeological spots like Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Mayapan, and Tulum. The greenery provides some privacy for each structure lending excitement to each corner making one feel as though they are an early explorer.
Raised stone pathways (sacbes) that are present throughout the site setting it apart from other local Yucatan sites. They combined residential areas together and lead off in the direction of other neighboring sites.
An in-tact ball court makes me want to learn the game and play it or at the very least play a modern game there on the site of the ancients.
Nearby Lakes/Lagoons add to the rain forest charm…and the mosquitoes.
I really enjoyed this site primarily because it is not perfect. It is still somewhat in disrepair, the number of visitors is smaller, it is quieter…more wild. It’s hard to visualize 50,000+ inhabitants living in the area when it sometimes feels like I was the only one there. The site is dying for a murder mystery or an Indiana Jones/Dwayne Johnson-style adventure movie to be shot here…
It’s places like these that keep me wanting to go back to Mexico, Central America, and South America searching for more archaeological sites.
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