If you visit the Yucatan peninsula and have one of those crazy schedules where you can’t see more than one location with ruins ( I don’t recommend you do that, see as many as you can) then Coba would be a good choice. Yes, I know everyone goes to Chicen-Itza. But Coba is special.
You walk, bike or take a cycle-rickshaw thorough shady paths in the forest. The main pyramid is the highest in the Yucatan Peninsula. And you can still scale it. Which is great because it takes getting to the top to have a feel for just how amazing these tall and steep structures are, all surrounded by the jungle.
The pyramids get all the attention, but I’m most intrigued by the ball courts. For all the certainty with which every tour guide explains the ball game, not enough is known about it to be sure of how it was played. What seems pretty certain is that it was a very hard game to play. And maybe even very long.
See those small stone rings at the top of those sloping walls? You (probably) had to get a very heavy ball through them without using your hands or feet to hit it.
All the time I was sketching this my daughter sketched me sketching the ball court. I love that she’s a fearless sketcher, and no subject is too complicated to take on. Her tiny sketch has all the sketching gear I dumped on the ground , me and my sketchbook, the forest behind me, the ballcourt behind that and even my son in the distance.