After our morning in Tulum, we headed inland to the Coba archaeological site. It dates to the Maya Classic Period (300 to 900 A.D.)
The ruins are spread over such a large area that we rode bicycles to get from one area to the next! The temple Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula can be found here. It is 140 feet tall. Ms. Sager climbed up to the top; she said the steps were REALLY steep, especially coming down. Was she glad to reach the ground again!
Coba has a Mayan ball court, but it is much smaller than the one in Chichen Itza. The sides were decorated with carvings and glyphs (pictoral letter/symbols.) Read about the game in ththe Chichen Itza section of this blog.
Coba was connected to other Maya cities by a system of roads called sacbe'ob. Parts of them remain today.
Our guide pointed out that the ground in the Yucatan is generally flat. So if you see a small rocky hill, it is most likely the un-restored remains of a Maya structure. Can you find the example below?
The use of stone was generally reserved for public and ceremonial buildings. Private homes were made of poles and reeds with thatched roofs. We saw many examples of this building style stilll in use today.