Archaeologists believe that Coba contains thousands of structures, but only a few are accessible.
You can pass ancient ball courts, temples, and other Mayan ruins while walking down roads that have existed for at least 1,000 years.
Climb Coba’s massive stone pyramid, Nohoch Mul for a panoramic view of the forest surrounding the ancient site.
Why it’s worth the trip: The Coba ruins are just as haunting as other ancient Mayan ruins, yet the crowds tend to be much smaller.
Where to stay: If you want lively nightlife and lots of amenities, get a hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico-it’s less than two hours away.
Tulum has some impressive Mayan ruins of its own and offers more seclusion than Playa del Carmen.
How to get here: Take a tour bus from Playa del Carmen, or rent a car and explore on your own schedule.