Our last full day in Tulum was just as fantastic as the first two. We started our day at Coba, the ruins of another maya city. Coba is an older and much larger city that dates back to somewhere between 100 BC and 100 AD. The temples were huge and the ruins were much more spread out. To facilitate tourists getting from one temple to the next, there were pedicabs available for hire and bicycles for rent. We opted for the bicycles. Admittedly, this is the first time I had been on a bike in a long time and I was a little wobbly at the start, but when else will I have the opportunity to ride a bike through the jungles of Mexico? So we biked from temple to temple, to ball courts, to the observatory – it was unbelievable. Another surprise was they still allow people to climb the tallest pyramid on the site, Nohoch Mol, which also happens to be the tallest temple in all of the Yucatán peninsula. Nohoch Mol stands at 138 feet tall and I was a little nervous about crawling up the almost 14 stories of uneven stone steps – but it was too special an opportunity to pass up. We climbed to the top, and I was so glad I made the climb as the views were amazing.
After returning our bikes and enjoying some coconut water (literally the water in a coconut) and mangoes, we headed out in search of cenotes. Cenotes are sinkholes that are formed by limestone bedrock collapsing and then fill either with groundwater or rainwater, becoming natural swimming pools. Laura picked three for us to visit – Multum-Ha, Choo-Ha and Tamcach-Ha. These cenotes were all underground and accessible by spiral wooden staircases. By pure chance, we lucked out and 2 of the 3 cenotes we swam in, we had completely to ourselves. We’d climb down the stairs and enter these caverns filled with stalactites, stalagmites and crystal clear turquoise water. Swimming in the cenotes was another fantastical experience in this great adventure. At the end of the trip we were sad to go, but I think we all left feeling refreshed and grateful for the amazing experience we had together. And really, we packed at least a week’s worth of relaxation and adventure into 3 1/2 days – how lucky are we?