Cobá is an archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Mayan culture, located in the southeast of Mexico, in the territory that today is the state of Quintana Roo, some ninety kilometers east of Chichen Itza and some forty northwest of Tulum.

The possible meaning of Cobá could be of cob, ‘what has humidity’, or moss and á, or há, ‘agua’, that is to say ‘water with moss’, or ‘moisture of water’. Another possibility that is not ruled out is that it means ‘cloudy water’, due to the proximity to small lakes with a very cloudy color.

Other authors, researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History, however, offer somewhat different translations to the term Cobá, among which may be mentioned ‘agua de las chachalacas’, because cob is the name of that bird in the region; ‘Tooth of gopher’, also of the Maya coh, ‘tooth’ and bah, ‘gopher’; or ‘abundant water’, of cob, ‘abundance’ and ‘ha’, water.

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