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Coba'

23 Aug 2009  Archeology, History & great sites
4.5 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

Highlights of Coba and surrounding sites

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Tulum
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Repeat visitors, Sports buffs, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Coba'
    http://archaeology.about.com/od/cterms/qt/coba.htm

    -Mayan archeological site
    - 600-900 A.D. estimated 100,000 inhabitants
    - Was the heart of a large metropolis composed of many cities within the eastern Yucatan
    -Large number of stele; inscribed, carved in reliefs
    -From Tulum at the traffic light insection of the Coba road and highway 307, travel west (away from the beach) 30 minutes to the ruins
    - Along the way a couple of towns selling arts and crafts
    - Watch the road for potholes speed & bumps
    - Don't drive at night; many animals crossing the roads

  • 2. Villas Arqueologicas Coba

    Great chain of hotels, walking distance to archeological sites, clean, beautiful, great pool

  • 3. Reserve of Spider monkey or Punta Laguna
    http://www.ascomunicacion.com/ptlaguna.html

    -12 miles from the archeological site of Coba on the way to Nuevo Xcan
    -Punta Laguna or Reserve of Spider monkey is set into the Mayan jungle of southern Yucatan and the adjacent state of Quintana Roo
    -It surrounds the beautiful lagoon of the same name, the main water source for the inhabitants and the wildlife

  • 4. Tulum
    Tulum

    -Built by the Maya on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea
    -Beautiful, well kept archeological site
    -You can swim; great beach

  • 5. Underwater cave; Human skeleton may be oldest ever found in America
    http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/human-skeleton-insid...

    Human skeleton inside underwater Mexican cave may be oldest ever found in Americas

  • 6. Caves & cave systems
    http://www.caves.org/project/qrss/qrss.htm

    Cave survey data for over 183 underwater caves and cave systems
    Database includes confirmed data and reports on (498.1 miles) of underwater cave passage & 33 dry caves and sump connections. Many reports include water chemistry, biological, archaeological, and environmental observations.

  • 7. Eco-tour by boat on the lakes of Muyil and Chunyaxche in the Sian Kaan Biosphere
    http://cliff.smugmug.com/gallery/365078_Mnaug#14529846_NU8At

    Eco-tour by boat on the lakes of Muyil and Chunyaxche in the Sian Kaan Biosphere -Tour goes through ancient Mayan canals which link the lakes to the sea
    -Trip last from 2 hours to all day. Tel: 01-998-830-2502 Email: caamaltours@hotmail.com
    -Tour operator lives in Muyil, on the highway south of Tulum
    -The internet site is from a customer that post it. Not my pictures
    e-mail with time as he does not have electricity & checks his e-mails a couple of times a week

  • 8. Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
    http://www.siankaan.org/habitat.htm

    1.3 million-acre biosphere reserve
    -110km of the second largest barrier reef in the world
    -near the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, south of Cancun

  • 9. Sac Actún
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac_Actun

    ‘Sac Actún’ exists under the forest of the Riviera Maya, whose entrance is found nearby the archaeological zone of Tulum. This river has 111 wells in which the cave divers located remains of the early man, along with historic skeletons of animals of the Pleistocene. The specialists explain that during the Glaze Era, what is today a ‘cenote’, used to be dry caves inhabited by humans and animals. As the ice started melting by the end of this era, the water levels began to raise end eventually flooded these shelters
    -World´s longest underwater cave on the Caribbean coast
    -cave system is 96 miles long

  • 10. National Geographic map of Cenotes with relation to the Asteroid
    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0310/feature4/map.html

    Impact on geology by caving into the limestone that the Asteroid had; Map

  • 11. Valladolid
    http://www.frommers.com/destinations/valladolidmexico/0953010011.html

    From Coba, you can go to Valladolid, Ek Balam & Chichen Itza and the wonderful cenotes and caves

  • 12. Currency converter the easy way! Currency exchange up to the minute.
    http://www.xe.com/ucc/

    -A must for all travelers; in this site you can convert quickly all currencies. It is easy to use.

  • 13. First Aid Travelers List; a must for everyone anyplace, even home.
    http://www.mexonline.com/amigonews/feature-firstaid.htm

    Great site!