The resort where we stay in Mexico is lovely, but it's also great to get out and see the other wonderful sites that Mexico has to offer. The hotel and various travel agents have all kinds of tours and trips available, but this time we thought we'd challenge our comfort zone just a wee tiny bit so we ventured to the ruins of Coba on our own.
|Where the Colectivo drops you off in downtown Tulum. There's a taxi stand on the right and the ADO bus station on the left.|
|Colectivo (in the shop) and taxis in Tulum.|
For 35 pesos, or about $2.33 US, we traveled to Tulum Puebla. Make sure to get off at the second Tulum Puebla stop. The first stop is on on the outskirts of town. The correct stop will be near the ADO bus station. Unfortunately, when we arrived, we discovered that we missed the ADO bus by about 30 minutes. Had we been able to catch the bus it would have been 66 pesos, or about $4.40 US) to go to Coba. So we got some cash from the ATM at the bus station (best rates we saw in the region) and approached the taxi stand. The rates are posted at the taxi stand, however we negotiated with our driver for a round trip. For the round trip, with him waiting 2 hours for us at the ruins, we paid around 800 peso, or about $53 US. Insider tip: you get better rates with taxis if you pay in pesos versus dollars. They do a 1 to 10 conversion for dollars and right now the exchange rate is about 15 to 1. Pay with pesos.
It takes about 45 minutes to get to Coba from Tulum. Along the way you get to see much of the every day life of the locals.
|Entrance and where the restrooms are located.|
|Coba is a sizeable park. We ended up only see a small portion of it.|
|Unlike other archaeological sites in Mexico, Coba has trees and shade.|
|We found some turkey vultures sunning themselves on one of the small pyramids. This one is the closest to the entrance.|
There are two Mesoamerican ballcourts at Coba. The first is next to the pyramid shown above, near the entrance. The other is on the way to the large pyramid.
|Only a small fraction of the site has been excavated. Much of the other ruins look like this.|
|I call this picture "Leg Day". Climbing the pyramid is a serious leg workout.|
|Climbing up. The Lovely Spouse counted 120 steps, ranging in height from 8 to 100 inches.|
|This is called the "Diving God".|
|The view from the top. It appears the the Yucatan is enduring a drought. The jungle doesn't look nearly as green and lush as it should.|
|Me at the top. I'm very sensitive to sun and thus cover up.|
|In the center of the photo is the first pyramid, that had the vultures on it.|
|The way down is somewhat scary. The rocks are slick from lots of feet traversing them over the years.|
|Ice cold drinks at the base of the pyramid.|
|Mayan limos along the path to the pyramid.|
|The lake outside of the archaeological park.|