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The beautiful Maya site of Cobá literally means "water stirred by wind".

These ruins are unique in that they have been barely restored, merely cleared. Only a few of its estimated 6,500 structures have been uncovered, but the ones that have been are graceful and impressive.


On these quiet and peaceful grounds it's hard to imagine that Cobá may have once had the largest population of all the ancient Mayan cities. This vast Mayan archaeological site dates from 600-900 AD and there were an estimated 100,000 people living in its domain. It was the heart of a large metropolis composed of many cities within the eastern Yucatán.

La Iglesia pyramid at CobáCobá's most unique aspect is seen in the architecture of its pyramids and buildings situated on the shores of several lakes.

As many as 50 "sacbes" (ancient roads) led into this huge Mayan city centre, one of them over 62 miles long — the longest in the Mayan world. Today few people live in Cobá, leaving one to ponder how such a great city fell into complete decline.

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