Coba is a major archaeological site left behind by the Mayan civilisation. Like Chichen Itza, it is located on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, and its history is just as mysterious as the latter site. Coba is, however, a much wilder place.
The site itself is very vast. Some opt to navigate the little paths cut through the rainforest on foot. But beware: it's a very long walk! Others employ the services of a porter, and yet others choose to hire a bicycle. I recommend the latter of these options.
To the same extent that Chichen Itza is clean, uncluttered, well preserved and linear, with each section clearly delimited, so Coba is wild and untouched by man
. Its history, however, is all the more revealing for it. Here again, get a guide to accompany you if you can, as this very large site is simply overflowing with secrets. There are dozens of ruins, temples and pyramids to see as you walk along the path around the site, completely surrounded by the forest. They suddenly loom out of nowhere, amidst the lush vegetation. It's truly wonderful. You feel as if you're at the end of the world, completely removed from the ordinary and everyday. And then the large, main pyramid, Nohoch Mul, comes into sight. Though its steep sides are almost in ruins, it still presents a striking spectacle, breathtaking in fact. Though nature has undeniably reclaimed the structure, this only adds to its charm, and the very sight of this pyramid simply leaves you speechless.