The construction of Coba is believed to have been started around 100 BC – 100 AD and continued right up until the time of the Spanish conquest of the Yucatan around 1550. To think of a civilization that had been building on a particular site for over 1000 years is pretty mind blowing. Talk about a commitment to ones work, this site had probably well over 25 generations of bloodlines working on the build. At the height of Coba´s reign of the Yucatan is estimated that there may have been in the upwards of 50,000 people living here.
In addition to the great structures you will see during your tour of Coba, you will also notice the vast areas that were once used as farmland. Agriculture was a major strong point for this city, and provided the ability for such a large population to live here during the ancient times. It is also believed that there was alot of trading taking place to the north and south of Coba as far south as Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras, and as far north as Chichen Itza. Coba however was only believed to trade with other Mayan communities, as well as hold a great influence in these other communities such as Tikal, Calakmul, and more. It is speculated that to maintain their influence there must have been military alliances between the tribes, and possibly arranged marriages of the elite to keep their close ties.
Needless to say you will learn alot on your tour of Coba. Being such a short distance from Playa Del Carmen, and Cancun also makes this a perfect day trip to explore, and be back in time for supper. Also surrounding coba there are many cenotes that you may consider adding to your tour. You will find Coba options on this website with cenotes, zip lines, and more.
Also don´t forget, we offer the largest selection of Playa Del Carmen Tours at discount pricing so look around and make sure to do the ones that excite you the most. If you like the idea of the cenotes you may want to look at our Playa Del Carmen cenote tours section. Another section to consider is our Chichen Itza tours from Playa Del Carmen. If you have any questions about this or other tours feel free to contact us at any time, and we will see you in Mexico!
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