Kohunlich Mayan Ruins Tour
Kohunlich is a large pre-Columbian Mayan site that covers approximately 21 acres. The site at this Costa Maya excursion is surrounded by dense sub-tropical rainforest, and it contains more than 170 mounds that remain largely unexcavated. The city was elaborately planned and engineered, with raised platform pyramids, citadels, courtyards and plazas. The area has relics dating back to 200 B.C., but most of the structures were built in the Early Classic period from about 250 to 600 A.D.
Departing from Costa Maya, the drive is approximately 2 hours each way over paved highway. The last few miles are over an unpaved road that can be bumpy after a strong rain, but at the same time, not overrun with large touring buses.
Your tour guide will lead you on an approximately two-mile walk through the complex starting with an enormous central plaza ringed by pyramids and temple platforms. To the north, there is a massive, raised acropolis with a palace complex. Further east, there is the Pyramid of the Masks, built in honor of their sun god, with six gigantic stucco masks flanking its central staircase. You will see intricate decoration consisting of stucco masks that are part of a symbolic decoration system loaded with cosmic elements that reflect the importance of the cosmos for the ancient Mayan people.
Your guide will explain the Mayan social, political and religious organization, which will help you envision the glorious days of this old Mayan city.
Please note: Although the site has been excavated in more depth than other nearby sites such as Dzibanche, it does not have the facilities found at the large sites in the Yucatan. There are restrooms available but there is no shopping (film, souvenirs) or food and drink available for purchase. Guests with dietary requirements may want to bring a snack along. A bottle of water will be passed out at the beginning of the tour.
Reviewer: Lawrence Haukedalen
This was an outstanding excursion, worth the long 2-hour drive each way. We were the only ones signed up for this excursion that day so we had a private guide and driver. Rosa is an exceptional guide, knowledgeable and friendly and Pedro was a great driver. Kohunlich is a wonderful place with magnificent structures in a beautiful, park-like setting. We arrived mid-morning and had the site almost completely to ourselves. We have booked many excursions through Costco but this was certainly the best.
Reviewer: Kathy Thompson
We had a tour all to ourselves -- just the two of us -- and it was awesome! Our tour guide Fabiola was knowledgeable and friendly, and kept us engaged with stories and commentaries on our 2-hour drive to the ruins. We felt the extra travel time was worthwhile and got us out of the usual cruise tours. And kudos to our driver Heriberto -- he made our trip safe and pleasant!! We were quite pleased with our experience and look forward to booking another adventure with Shore Excursions in the future!
Reviewer: Marey Richins
My husband and I were the only ones on this tour. We had an air conditioned van with a driver and tour guide. They were knowledgeable and friendly. The ride to and from is worth the time. The park was not crowded and we were able to climb the steps on several of the ruins. Although the tour says only beverages were included, we were given water for the ride and a great bag lunch and soda on the return. We stopped at the "Pineapple Town," and purchased fresh pineapple on the way back to port. This was our favorite tour of our cruise!
Reviewer: C. Simmons
We just returned from our 7-14 January, 2018, trip on RC which included Costa Maya. It was our fourth time here, our second visit to Kohunlich. The first time we went on a larger, ship sponsored tour which was overcrowded. We wanted a smaller group so booked with Native Choice thru Shore Excursions and had four people in the van. Tacho and Erick made a great team and the day was near perfect. The site is beautiful, peaceful, the temples and ball court in decent condition, the Temple of the Masks one of the best I have seen in 32 Maya sites. Like seeing an old friend.
We booked a tour to the Kohunlich Mayan Ruins. Since we were the only ones signed up and they didn't take just 2, we were offered a refund or go on a different tour. We opted to take the tour going to Dzibanchi Ruins. There were only 6 others on it which was nice. Our tour guide Francisco was great. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. The tour was great and we were very happy we decided to take it