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Exploring Coba Ruins: Is there a Pyramid Among the Ruins?

Updated: Sep 20, 2023


Is there a pyramid among the Coba Ruins? Absolutely! Nestled in the Yucatan Peninsula, the ancient Mayan city of Coba boasts the Nohoch Mul, one of the most towering pyramids in the Mayan world. This blog guides you through its captivating architecture and rich history. Let's dive into the exploration.


The Ancient City of Coba

Established around 100 AD, Coba flourished as a prominent city in the Mayan civilization, with its zenith between the 6th and 9th centuries. Positioned strategically near several large lakes, Coba thrived as a trading hub. It's an expansive site characterized by ancient stone causeways called sacbeob, plazas, and a variety of structures.


The Coba Pyramid - Nohoch Mul

The Nohoch Mul Pyramid, one of the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula. Standing at 137 feet and comprising 120 steps, Nohoch Mul, meaning ‘Large Mound’, is the crown jewel of Coba. The pyramid offers a window into Mayan history and cosmology, and it is believed that the structure was built for astronomical and religious purposes.


The Nohoch Mul pryamid at the Coba Ruins


Climbing the Nohoch Mul Pyramid

Climbing of the Nohoch Mul Pyramid is no longer permitted. Closed down in 2020, the authorities decided it was best for the structure to keep it closed and preserve it's authenticity.


Coba’s Other Structures

While the Nohoch Mul Pyramid is the star attraction, Coba is home to various other intriguing structures, such as the Xaibe Pyramid, the Ball Court, and several ancient stelae with Mayan glyphs. Each structure tells a different story of the ancient Mayan life and customs.



Mayan ball court at Coba Ruins


Coba's famous Sakbe'ob

It can be argued that Coba is best known for its intricate network of Sakbe'ob, or stone-lined pathways. These fascinating trails showcase the innovative spirit of the ancient Mayans, who, despite the lack of suitable draft animals, ingeniously connected their city hubs. Explore Coba and tread the Sakbe'ob, a testament to Mayan engineering marvels.



Planning Your Visit to Coba Ruins with our private tour.

Begin with discovering 2,000 years of history as you explore the ancient Mayan city of Coba with a personal guide with you every step of the way. After visiting the ruins your guide and driver will take you to a Mayan owned lagoon and sanctuary where you can see wild monkeys, variety of birds, canoe through a lagoon and if you feel adventurous, zip-line through the jungle and over the lagoon. An adventure you will remember for a lifetime.

Learn more about our Coba Ruins + Jungle Tour here


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