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: 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
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.