Cobá, which means “Choppy water” was in the epoch of its greatest flowering the most important city located in the northeast of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Situated between two large lakes, the great city was joined by an extensive network of “sacbeoob” or avenues. Up to 50 of them have been found, the longest of which reaches Yaxuná, near the archeological site of Chichén Itzá more than 100 km from Cobá.
Its Nohoch Mul pyramid, 42 m high, is the highest in the Yucatán peninsula.
Another feature that distinguishes Cobá is the large number of sculpted steles from the Classic period (600-900 A.D.) with all the representations of personages standing with sumptuous clothing and adorned with necklaces, bracelets and spectacular headdresses. In their arms, the personages are holding a great scepter of command.
After a historical introduction to Mayan culture in general, and Cobá in time, this guide explains to the reader the particular characteristics of this archeological site. Below a tour of the zone is described, supported by a detailed plan which enables the reader, depending on the routes he chooses, to know one by one all the monuments with a detailed description of each building and stele. The text is complemented with numerous color photographs and drawings.