- Round-trip transportation from the Costa Maya cruise ship terminal!
- Air-conditioned, fully licensed, and insured transportation!
- English-speaking certified guide!
- Site entrance fee at Kohunlich!
- Guided tour of the Mayan ruins!
- Cold drinks!
- Snack of sandwich, seasonal fruit, and a cookie!
- Return to port or optional drop off at Costa Maya village!
Lush tropical vegetation and countless palm trees surround the outstanding Mayan Ruins of Kohunlich. Located on a hill covered with cohune palms, it derives its name from the English word Cohune Ridge where cohune palms grew.
Your English, speaking, federally certified shore excursion guide will be giving you background information and the history of the area and Mayans. Dating back to 200 BC, Kohunlich covers about 21 acres but is mostly un-excavated. There are approximately 200 Mayan ruin mounds that still hold the mysteries, hidden in the Costa Maya jungle.
What has been discovered is that the city was engineered with an elaborate channel system to hold rainwater. There are also many raised platforms and pyramids. The most famous structure so far is the Temple of the Masks dating around 500AD. This is a structure with a center staircase leading to the top. To each side of the stairs are enormous stucco masks with human faces. Built in honor of the sun god, there were originally 8 giant masks. Today only 5 stands as 3 masks were somehow looted.
There is an enormous central plaza that is lined with pyramids, temples, an acropolis, and platforms. This is a beautiful sight that remains uncrowded and visitors have not tarnished, or unspoiled by tourism. Your transportation will take you back to your Costa Maya cruise pier afterward.