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If you're on a Mayan ruins kick, you should also check out the small site at Cobá, about 30 miles north of Tulum. Cobá doesn't feature the restored, pristine sites of Tulum, nor does it sit atop an awe-inspiring coastal setting, but it still offers history buffs a glimpse of some authentic Mayan ruins. In fact, some argue these ruins are more authentic than those in Tulum because Cobá's have never been extensively refurbished or restored, simply cleared away for the enjoyment of the public. What's more, according to recent visitors, it sees far fewer crowds than the more famous ruins.
The ruins spread over 30 square miles, with nearly 50 roads that spool out from the site's temples. But the top attraction is Nohoch Mul – the highest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan peninsula. Visitors can climb up all 120 of the pyramid's steep, narrow steps to enjoy an excellent and unrivaled view of the surrounding jungle.
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the ruins are accessible by following signs toward Cobá from downtown Tulum, which is about 30 miles away. The ruins are open daily for a small fee. To get around the site, you can walk, rent a bicycle or hire a driver to take you around in a rickshaw. Official licensed guides are also stationed at the ruins should you be interested in a guided tour. Similar to the ruins, you'll want bring enough pesos to cover admission and transportation as credit cards are likely not accepted here.