Best of Tulum: Coba

Coba is an ancient Mayan city 30 minutes from Tulum. I wanted to visit Coba because the highest pyramid, the Ancient Pyramid can still be climbed unlike El Castillo in Chichen Itza. The steps are not in the best condition, they can be a little slippery so wear footwear with good grip. I climbed straight to the top refusing to stop for breaks, at 42 meters or 137 feet it is comparable to the Santa Monica Stairs (111 feet), but still far below the Culver City Stairs (342 feet).

We opted to rent bikes in Coba to cover more ground quickly. There is an option to hire bike peddlers just past the entrance or you can hire them further inside. I would recommend renting bikes as the city is quite large and I think biking through an ancient Mayan city is a unique experience.

There’s a “fish spa” in the parking lot. For $10 USD you can have little fishies nibble away at your feet. I’ve never tried it before and I decided to give it a go. At first it feels like there’s a steady stream of electricity running through your feet but you get used to it. I figured if there was any dirt and grime to be found the fish would nibble it away.

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