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Coba

Listed under Ancient Settlements in Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico.

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Tucked away about 90kms east of Chichén Itzá lie the ruins of another great Pre-Columbian city. At its largest the city was home to about 50,000 people, many of whom would have been farmers tending to the land surrounding the city. Most of the construction happened between about the 6th and 10th centuries – most of the inscriptions on the city's walls have been dated to around the 7th – but the archaeologists who studied it think it was inhabited until the 14th Century, which means it may have been populated up to the arrival of the Spanish.

It's a sprawling site built around two lagoons from which canals run, providing water for the outskirts of the city and beyond. The main attraction today, and possibly at the city's peak, are the temple pyramids; the tallest is Nohoch Mul at 42 metres high – the tallest on the Yucatan Peninsular. What's nice about this site is that it's not all been wretched from the jungle's grip so you can see in the overgrown sections what these site would have looked like when explorers first discovered them.

Written by  Bianca Dartmoor.

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