Day 5: Coba, Cenote, and Mayan Village
We were picked up early, given tequila sunrises, and were on our way to Coba! Coba is another ancient Mayan village, but is different from Chichen Itza in that you can actually climb the tallest pyramid! To get to the pyramid from the entrance, you can either be “driven” in a bike taxi, or rent your own bike (or walk, but we don’t recommend this as it’s quite far). We decided to ride our own bikes through the village, stopping at various sites with our tour guide. It felt a lot less touristy than Chichen Itza, which we enjoyed. Of course the most impressive site was Nohoch Mul Pyramid.
The climb up was a little bit scary, but at least there was a rope to hold on to! Once you reach the top, you’re rewarded with beautiful expansive views of the jungle below.
Next it was time for a dip in a cenote! Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the cenote, but it was in Coba. Definitely refreshing after that long hike up!
We were then given a little bit of free time to explore Coba on our own before returning to the tour bus.
Soon after it was time for lunch! We stopped at Restaurante Xaibé for some traditional Mayan cuisine and dance! The show was very entertaining and the food was delicious.
Our last stop on the tour would be the traditional Mayan village ahau chooc Aldea maya. We were given great insight into how the Mayans live off the earth, how they build their huts, and what they eat. We were even given a taste of traditional tacos. And their hospitality cannot be beat! Do not miss this stop!
After a long day, we headed back to our resort and relaxed for the rest of the night.
PRO TIP: Tulum is another great site for Mayan ruins. If you have time in your itinerary, consider adding a stop here as well.