Do you want to get to know a little bit about the ancient history of Mexico? If you do, a great way to do this is by visiting the wide variety of archaeological sites that are spread all around Mexico. Fortunately, the government is awared that these were a significant part of the country and they are being preserved. One of these amazing sites is Coba in Cancun, a place definitely worth visiting.
The city of Cancun is a gorgeous destination located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula and is called the entrance gate to the Mayan world. If you have ever read something about Cancun, you might think that you already know all about it; that it is a place just filled with stunning beaches, pristine waters, lively nightlife, fun activities and amazing hotels (there are very luxurious hotels in Cancun). Even though that is true, this is not all that the city has to offer. Cancun is also a place that owns interesting historical sites that portray how life was before the Spanish conquistadors arrived in Latin America. As I wrote above, one of these places is the Ruins of Coba, an ancient Mayan civilization.
The ruins of Coba is an incredible historical site of great importance. The Mayan city of Coba city is set almost 90 kilometers east of the famous ruins of Chichen Itza and about 44 kilometers (27 miles) northwest of the site of Tulum. This ancient Mayan ruins (whose name means waters stirred by the wind) were built around two lagoons, is around 30 square miles in size and features the Ancient Pyramid where people can climb its 120 steps. This pyramid is called Nohuch Mul, which mean large mound in Mayan language, is the tallest at the Coba archaeological site; it has more than 130 feet in height. It is known that Coba has nearly 45 ceremonial roads and it is believed to have contained almost 6500 temples and housed 50,000 inhabitants. If you plan to visit Coba, you can walk, rent a bike or hire a rickshaw-style contraption with a driver. Go on a Coba tour and experience this ancient culture closely!
The King’s Ruins
If you want to keep learning more about the pre-Columbian history and culture of Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula in general, you just have to visit and explore other archaeological sites that still exists in the area. Another famous Mayan ruins that you will find in Cancun are Las Ruinas del Rey (it was named like that because a mask and skull to honor the Mayan sun god were found in excavations). These historical ruins are located in the famous hotel zone just a walking distance from the Hilton Club at Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 19. They are made up by 47 different structures and are believed to have been inhabited by the 900 AD. In The King’s Ruins there are two main platforms and temples that are the remains of religious buildings and markets.
All in all, the archaeological site of Coba in Cancun shows a significant part of the history of Mexico that every visitor who arrives in Guadalajara needs to see. If you visit this historical site, you will learn a lot about the Mexican natives of the pre-Hispanic era. So what are you waiting for? Come to Guadalajara and get ready to enjoy!
by Romina Nieto
Author: jd (A)