Mayan for "water stirred by the wind", Coba is
next to a group of shallow lakes. The archaeological remains
are of a city begun in AD 600.
These structures were scattered along a system
of sacbe, which means "white
roads". Each sacbe was built to exact rules. There was
to be a base of stones three to 6 feet high, about 15 feet side,
covered with white mortar. The
remains of more than 50 sacbe have been found crossing the Peninsula
There are more in Coba than in any other location.
was the largest city of its time with many outlying villages,
and an important trade link between the Yucatán
Caribbean coast and inland cities.