Cobá Ruins

Cobá, located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, was a seat of power for the Maya civilization. It was a thriving city around A.D.600, although it had been settled around a thousand years before this date.

The ruins contain the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula, which is over 12 stories tall. The name means "ruffled waters," derived from the five lakes in the vincinity.

One feature of Cobá is the convergence of around fourty sacbeob, built by the Maya. Each sacbé was constructed with stones to a height of one to two meters and then covered with white mortar.

The city is divided into groups, which are pretty far apart - some are around 2km away. For this reason, you can rent a bike instead of walking the distance between the various groups. All of the ruins lie deep in the Yucatecan jungle.

Click on a thumbnail picture to see it in a larger size. To see a map of Cobá, click here.

A crocodile that lives in a nearby Coba Lago Our Maya guide for the first group of structures The pyramid La Iglesia, which is over 65 feet tall
A crocodile that lives in a nearby Coba Lago Our Maya guide for the first group of structures The pyramid La Iglesia, which is over 65 feet tall
A view of the Ball Court from La Iglesia One side of the Ball Court showing the playing angle A close-up of one of the goals in the Ball Court
A view of the Ball Court from La Iglesia One side of the Ball Court showing the playing angle A close-up of one of the goals in the Ball Court
Another pyramid located at two sacre crossroads Pyramid Nohoch Mul, the tallest in the area Looking up the 120 steps, showing the steep angle
Another pyramid located at two sacre crossroads Pyramid Nohoch Mul, the tallest in the area Looking up the 120 steps, showing the steep angle
Looking down from a height of 136 ft (42 m) Here I am on top of pyramid Nohuch Mul Cynthia almost at the top of the pyramid
Looking down from a height of 136 ft (42 m) Here I am on top of pyramid Nohuch Mul Cynthia almost at the top of the pyramid
The temple at the top of the tallest pyramid More ruins near the La Iglesia pyramid A stelae protected by a palapa roof.
The temple at the top of the tallest pyramid More ruins near the La Iglesia pyramid A stelae protected by a palapa roof.