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: Amy E Sheen
There were four of us on the tour and it was the perfect number. We could ask questions, hear everything our guide told us and climb and explore the ruins. It felt like our tour was the only one there that day, but we learned there were actually a few other groups there as well. It was just so big and our guide was purposely showing us different buildings than the other groups at different times to avoid a big crowd anywhere. I learned so much! And a great picnic style lunch was included on the way home!
Reviewer: Jose Manuel Morales
Love Shore Excursions Group w/ setting my family of newbie cruiser. On the tour company Native Tours company . Since we where the only for going their the tour company upgraded my family dzsanchi temples 2hr drive, but worth it
Reviewer: Amber Krosel
We were very happy with our tour guide and driver on this tour, and had a pretty private experience with only one other couple sharing our van. The ride was pleasant (even though it mentions bumpiness), the A/C was refreshing, and we even got a sack lunch provided. On our way back from the ruins, leaving the jungle, we took some time to watch monkeys fly through trees and learn a little more about the wildlife in the area.
Reviewer: Michelle M.
You actually get to climb! 90% of temples are closed to climbing nowadays. Our guide was fantastic! It was a long drive BUT it was in an air condition, clean van. We stopped for fresh roadside pineapple, empanadas, salsa. It was a great opportunity to see Mexico, not just the port. The ruins were amazing! There is time to climb, take photos, ask questions. Our guide brought extra water and sandwiches.
I have visited two other Mayan Ruins and Kohunlich was the most interesting and the most remote site. Well worth the two hour drive. The native guide Casey was outstanding both on the drive and at the site, plus a stop at her village provided the freshest and best pineapple I have ever had.