After really relaxing into the vacation in Punta Allen, we headed inland for the Mayan ruins portion of the vacation. Our first stop was Cobá, where the site has not been cleared of jungle around the ruins and you can climb to the top of the tallest pyramid (in the whole Yucatan). The town of Cobá was nothing special. Two of the three hotels in town here open, and we chose the one we saw first. We spent the early evening reading by the lake and watching for birds, but only saw a few species.

The next morning, we were up and at the entrance to the ruins 10 minutes after opening to hopefully get some time and pictures without other people. This was a very successful strategy and we had an hour before we saw anyone else, and after that it still didn’t feel crowded. Of course, we were a bit off-trail at times and more interested in taking pictures of birds, enormous spiders, and other critters than the ruins themselves. A very pleasant morning and the jungle keeps everything shady and cool.

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The ruins cover a large area, and they are happy to rent you a bike. We passed and walked, but this was a portent of crowds to come.

The beautiful paths through the site.

The big pyramid

Got to clean up those ruins.

The bird portion begins: couch's kingbird

A couple more couch's kingbirds

Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet or a social flycatcher

Another yellow-bellied tyrannulet

Is this where I dropped my sunglasses? Sadly no, they were lost to a watery grave.

Broad-winged hawk

Oh no! My head's on backwards!!!

And the critters: Yucatan rust rump tarantula

Golden silk orbweaver

Golden silk orbweaver

Time to go.