Sunday, January 4, 2015

Biking and climbing at Coba

Since the ruins at Coba spread over an area 10 times larger than Tulum, our guide recommended renting a bike to preserve our energy for climbing the ruins themselves.  Being a bike fan myself, I was happy to oblige.

After a long, hot day I especially appreciated the breeze from the bike and the shade in which the Coba ruins reside. And, I was charmed by the signs that clarified where I should leave my bike.


Climbing the large pyramid at Coba, I stopped at 3/4 of the way to the top to take this video:


From the top you can see the dense jungle covering the area. Many of the ruins (including the one I climbed) only have one or two sides cleaned of the plants overgrowing them. Scientists use GPS systems and photos from space to find the ruins, using the lighter color of plants growing over the limestone ruins as an indicator.





Going down is much more frightening than going up.




At one point on my way down, I smashed my finger between the security rope and rock steps...ouch!



Coba has at least two Mayan ballcourts, like this one, where elites used their hips to hit a rubber ball through the hoops at the side. The winners of the game were then given the honor of being sacrificed to escort the sun through the night and ensure it arose the next day.
Coba has several other large ruins, but I lacked time to explore them. I hope to return again someday.

1 comment:

Colleen Caldwell said...

Goodness, Cindy! I am so proud of you. This would terrify me, and then I would miss the experience. You have the joy of knowing you did it, smashed finger and all. I hope it is healing well. I probably would have to go down feet first, face down, looking up. Well done!