Coba Maya City
Quintana Roo, Mexico
Located between Tulum and Chichen Itza, Coba is a very large archeological complex that spans over 80 km². Luckily, there are bicycle carriages easily hirable to scoot your around the vast area.
Built around two lagoons connect with series of elevated stone roads that reach up to 100 km (62 mi)! Coba was a teaming city that was abandoned when the Spanish conquered the peninsula – around 1550. Although some knowledge of the site remained, it was not until the 1920s that scholoraly exploration really began . The ongoing investigation of several large temple pyramids is active and viewable.
While it was never really a ‘lost’ city , Coba carries that feeling as it rises and dips through the jungle mists.
one of two ballgame courts
view from the top of the Ixmoja pyramid. Ixmoja is the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán peninsula
Conjunto Las Pinturas
Uno Astro Lodge
(52) 1 984 165 0035
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, lote 8, Km. 8
Tulum Quintana Roo. CP 77780, Mexico
I wish I was at Uno Astro Lodge right now. This hippy paradise outpost, with the perfect beach and warm water lapping towards the palaces; with their organic beauty. We were escaping the horror of the Papaya Playa Project … and we just walked in and luckily for us there was a room available.
During our stay, there was an spiritual retreat at the hotel and part of their program was to build and play harps. This created a lovely soothing soundtrack as one walked the hotel grounds.
The astrolodge has no electricity, which what makes it great for a full disconnect. They are full on eco – with an organic vegetable garden, wind turbines to power the reception computer (only electrical area on the grounds). Also featured are composting toilets (much better that what it sounds like!) and – most importantly – hot water.
Aside from the majestic beach, comfortable rooms there is a viewing tower, which is a wonderful place to take in the rise and fall of sun or moon or stars. There is also a large gathering platform that is used for Yoga, meditation, dance, etc …
Uno Astrolodge harkens back to a time when Tulum was a real hide-a-away unknown to the New York masses; where one could go for a low-budget reconnect with the earth.
If going off the grid is the new luxury; then Uno Astrolodge is an easy 5 Stars!
view from Tower