KOHUNLICH: THE TIMELESS CHARM OF THE MAYA CIVILIZATION
Kultur, Packed lunch
A visit to the archaeological site of Kohunlich and the Temple of the Masks: wonderful and still partially unexplored Mayan ruins surrounded by the rainforest.
What we will see
- The Maya archaeological site of Kohunlich
- Temple of the Masks
- The 27 steps complex
What we will do
- We set off by coach in the direction of the archaeological site of Kohunlich that covers an area of approximately 8 hectares, most of which is still unexplored.
- The settlement dates back to 200 BC even though most of the more significant buildings were built in the beginning of the classical period, between 500 AD and 600 AD. The city had temples, palaces, residences and an impressive acropolis and a sophisticated drainage system for collecting rainwater.
- We cannot miss visiting the famous Temple of the Masks, one of the most representative monuments of the Quintana-Roo state, built in the typical shape of a step pyramid, flanked by six enormous 2.4 metre tall masks with human traits, all slightly different from one another.
- There are many other buildings and monuments that deserve our attention, such as the Acropolis, a large elevated platform with a central courtyard surrounded by several rooms, and the 27 steps complex, the most elaborate residential building discovered to date immersed in tropical vegetation.
- On our way back, while we savour the wonderful memories of this excursion, we are served with a basket lunch on the coach.
What you need to know
- There is limited availability of English speaking guides.
- The coach transfer from the port of Costa Maya to the archaeological site of Kohunlich takes approximately 2 hours each way.
- Part of the journey may be on rough roads.
- The visit to the archaeological site involves long walks, uphill and on rough terrain; it is therefore not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- We recommend wearing comfortable, hard-wearing shoes.
- Do not forget to bring a hat, sun cream and insect repellent.
- We recommend bringing some cash with you.
- There are no planned stops during the coach trip, but there are toilets on the coach. It is recommended, however, to use the toilet before boarding the coach and to use the one on-board only if strictly necessary.
- Access to the site with professional photographic equipment (tripods and professional cameras) is not allowed.
- To use your camera within the archaeological site it is necessary to pay a tax (approx. 5-10 U$D) at the entrance.