Riviera Maya is more than just idyllic beaches and lush greenery; this region is rich in pre-Columbian sites, the great Coba pyramid is notable, an imposing structure that has stood for over 1000 years, lost in the jungle of the Yucatán Peninsula. Inland, just over 40 kilometres from Tulum, we find this impressive construction which was formerly the centre of a city which in its most glorious period had over 50,000 inhabitants. Part of it has been excavated, but there are still many areas to discover.
Although it is known as the Coba pyramid, for the name of the city, its true name is Nohoch Mul. It has a total of 120 steps and is 42 metres tall, making it the tallest in the Yucatán Peninsula. It is a very steep construction, which can be ascended to contemplate wonderful views over the jungle. In the area, we also find lakes and other archaeological complexes which can be explored on foot, although there is a cycle rickshaw service that covers transport to the different areas. There are also different street vendor stalls to purchase souvenirs or simply refreshments.
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