Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cruising Coba

Coba is massive. It was once the heart and home of the largest population (estimated around 100,000) in all of the ancient Mayan cities. It was a bustling metropolis with around 6,500 structures, with only a small fraction uncovered today. With so much to explore, the best way to cover it all was on bikes. So fun to cruise along these ancient roads while envisioning what life was like.

We climbed to the top of the Nohoc Mul pyramid, the tallest in the Yucatan. This was no small feat. I thought my lungs were about to explode by the time we reached the top. So much for all those morning runs keeping me in shape. But that view over the jungle canopy was worth it.

Several tourists have slipped and fallen to their death on the way down, the steps are quite narrow, steep and slippery from so much wear. It was a little nerve wracking making our way down.

The arena where the warriors played a Mayan ball game.

After that we cooled off in an incredible cenote. This thing was massive with a small opening and wooden staircase leading down to this huge sinkhole. The water was freezing and the deep dark unknown sorta freaked me out, but every one else took turns jumping from the platform about 35 feet high.

We ate dinner at the most delicious Argentine restaurant. Mike served his mission in Argentina and had some great recommendations (chorizo empanadas for the win, or so I hear). We finished the night off with souvenir shopping for the kids and Haagen Dazs. And the beginning of the end with digestive issues. Everyone was dropping like flies, except Melissa and I. We were all super careful not to drink the water and eat only at reputable places, but something in the food just didn't settle well. Kind of a bummer, but it's all part of the Mexican experience!

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