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.