It is located in the northwest of the state of Quintana Roo, in the municipality of Tulum.
From the city of Cancun, take Federal Highway 307 towards Tulum and continue on State Highway 109 towards Nuevo Xcan. The site is located 43 km further on.
Monday to Sunday from 8:00 to 17:00 hrs. Last entry 15:30. Maximum capacity 1500 people per day and 250 people at time.
Coba consisted of small villages which lived by farming and hunting. Between the fifth and tenth centuries, its economy grew and its political organization improved. Roads were built and stelae and panels were sculpted. The road network kept expanding, and political and trading relationships began with other Mayan towns.
Coba was completely abandoned by the time the Spanish conquistadors took over the Yucatan peninsula, until the explorer John Lloyd Stephens reported its existence in 1842. Juan Peón Contreras and D. Elizalde arrived at Coba in 1886, sketching just one of the temples. In 1891, Teobert Maler provided the first photograph of a temple at Coba.