Zona Arqueológica de Cobá

Cobá Archeological Site

Discover Cobá on your next visit to Quintana Roo! Here you'll find the tallest pyramid in Yucatán, standing at 138 feet.

Zona Arqueológica de Cobá

Tucked into the rainforest is Cobá, an ancient Mayan capital whose architecture is unique for displaying elements similar to those used in Teotihuacan (in the central highlands). There is a ball court, monumental temples and residences, as well as the region’s largest pyramid base. You can wonder at several stelae stones inscribed with hieroglyphics, as well as stucco reliefs on some of the buildings.

On your quest to explore archeological sites, head to Cobá, just 26 miles from Tulum, where you’ll discover Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid in the Yucatán Peninsula, alongside its astronomical observatory. In the surrounding area, immerse yourself in regional crafts, stone calendars, feathers, jewelry, and keychains. 

South of Tulum lies the ruins of Muyil, made up of three buildings and an interpretative trail cutting through the jungle and leading to a lagoon. Here, an observation tower offers breathtaking views of the jungle and the various shades of water, transitioning from green to blue. 

Nestled within the jungle lies Cobá, an ancient Mayan capital renowned for its architecture, reminiscent of elements found in Teotihuacán (in the central highlands of Mexico). Explore a ball court, monumental temples, residences, and the largest pyramidal base in the region. Additionally, numerous stelae with hieroglyphic inscriptions and stucco reliefs adorn some of the structures.

Recommendations for Your Visit to Cobá 

Respecting the cultural heritage is paramount; therefore it is recommended that visitors follow instructions provided by the archeological site’s custodians. 

The best way to explore is on foot, although biking or hiring a tricycle taxi is also possible. Comfortable footwear, lightweight clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended.


Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Last admission is at 4:00 PM.

Entrance Fee

$90 MXN pesos.


  • There is an additional fee for video camera use
  • INAPAM discounts available
  • Discounts for students and teachers
  • Smoking is prohibited
  • Entering with food is prohibited
  • Pets are not allowed

How to Get There 

From Cancún, take federal highway 307 towards Tulum, then continue on state highway 109 towards Nuevo Xcán. The site is located 27 miles from that point.




Zona Arqueológica de Cobá, Carretera Federal Tulum, Cobá, Q.R., México

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