Coba Mayan Ruins Tour Review
Choosing a Coba Mayan ruins tour is something you should plan very carefully because they are plentiful. In order to discern between the areas and ruins you visit, you must first find out where they are located. Coba is actually the name of an area that measures 50 km or 31 miles and has a history dating as far back as 600 AD.
Since most visitors to the Yucatan Peninsula want a combination of Mayan pyramids and ruins, they often find themselves selecting tours that begin in Coba because they offer the most diverse itineraries and will allow you to see much more than many of the other popular tours.
The other reason why Coba Mayan tours are so exciting is because they are accessible from Cancun, Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen. This is very important since you will be travelling to Coba and also places like Belize and Costa Maya. The standard tour featuring the Coba Mayan ruins lasts 8 hours.
Your Coba Mayan ruins tour generally begins with a trip to Chichen Itza and Tulum, these sites are easily found during the first day of your journey and most tourists visit this site. You are led by your guide on paths that resemble the jungle, complete with overgrown mounds, trees, vines and exotic flowers. Upon arrival to the ancient sites, you can do quite a bit of exploration and take a multitude of photos.
Next, is a trip to Costa Maya, where you can witness the Chacchoben Mayan ruins and plenty of other things, as this is a large jungle as well where you are surrounded by Peccary, Spider Monkeys, armadillos and a large number of deer.
Just a short distance away from the Coba Mayan ruins sits the island city of Belize. It is off the shore of the warm, Caribbean Sea. This is the final stop on your tour. You will have several hours to explore the area with your guide.
In Belize, you will find the infamous Altun Ha Mayan ruins. Altun Ha has a history dating back to 200 BC and was once occupied by the native Mayans during this time. History shows massive construction efforts began between 200 and 900 AD. It is believed that over 10,000 people resided here during that time.
Of course, there are day tours, like the Costa Maya excursions. They often offer these tours to people on cruise lines, with short layovers. However, these types of tours tend to focus on specific sites only.
Seeing Coba Mayan ruins through a specialized tour is the only way to guarantee that you will see multiple sites without feeling rushed. Plus, your meals are included and you have the opportunity to dine on local cuisine.
Your return trip to Coba will leave you with a completely new respect for the Mayan culture and show you just how ancient these people really are. You may have had some idea of their longevity and cultural influence, however until you see these ruins for yourself, you will never truly grasp the idea.