Kohunlich Ruins Tour

House of the Sun God


Duration 6 Hours

Difficulty Moderate Moderate

Rating 5 Stars

$75USD Ages 13+

$65USD Ages 6-12

$0USD Ages 5-

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Kohunlich Ruins Tour

Join us in this expedition to the ruins of Kohunlich and admire one of the most studied sites in the area. Walk through the ruins of this ancient Maya ceremonial center and climb its spectacular temple dedicated to the Sun God.

We'll explore one of the most outstanding sites in the area and discover the intricate decoration of one of its temples 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 Maya.

Kohunlich consists of mainly residential complexes and palaces that present a very elaborated architecture, evidence of the sophistication, importance and status of the families that once lived there.

During this guided tour you'll learn about the Maya social, political and religious organization and will be transported back to the glorious days of this old Maya city.


Kohunlich Ruins Tour summary

Rate definitions: Adult: Ages 13 years old or older: $75.00USD
Child: Ages 6 to 12 years old: $65.00USD
Infant: Ages 5 years old or under: Free!

Inclusions: Round transportation in air conditioned van, travel insurance, English speaking guide, entrance tickets, guided tour at ruins, bottled water during the tour and box lunch (turkey sandwich, fruit, juice or soda, bag of chips or granola bar).

Duration: 6 Hours

Departure times (cruise ship guests): Daily, one hour after ship docks. Tour departures are adapted according to your ship's schedule.

Departure location: The Native Choice Office, four blocks from the Costa Maya Port. Email confirmation will include easy to follow directions and a map.

Deposit: $15.00USD per person required to confirm spaces for this tour.
Deposit is fully refundable if for any reason cruise ship doesn't call port at all in Costa Maya.

Cancellation policy: 48 hrs before the tour to avoid a $15.00USD per person penalty.

Restrictions: This tour is NOT wheelchair friendly.
This tour is better appreciated by children ages 6 y/o and older.
There's a $5.00USD copyright fee (not included in the tour price) for the use of video cameras at Kohunlich, this fee is paid directly at the site.
Tripods aren't allowed into the site.

Recommendations: Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a hat and sun screen if you visit during the summer. Ensure your camera's battery is charged and you that have space for pictures in your memory card.


Kohunlich Ruins Tour timetable

This tour is completed in 6 Hours.
Departure time is one hour after cruise ship's arrival time.

  • 1hr 50min - Travel time Costa Maya to Kohunlich Ruins
  • 10min - Break to use facilities at Kohunlich
  • 1hr 45min - Tour of the Kohunlich Ruins
  • 15min - Break to use facilities and enjoy a snack
  • 1hr 50min - Travel time Kohunlich Ruins to Costa Maya

Kohunlich Ruins Tour info

The ride from Costa Maya to Kohunlich Ruins takes around 1 hour and 50 minutes. Most of the way the road is fairly new and in perfect conditions, however, the last 9KM the road becomes narrow and during the rainy season it could get a little bumpy.

Kohunlich, involves a considerable amount of walking since some sections could be away from the others. Expect to walk more than one mile to see all areas open to the public.

This tour is suitable for anyone who enjoys adventure and children are always welcome to join as long as parents are aware of the travel time involved in this tour. At the site children of all ages enjoy the experience of walking and climbing this old Maya city, where it's sometimes possible to observe (or hear) howler monkeys.

It's possible to climb most of the buildings.

For the moment, other than bathrooms, there aren't other services available at Kohunlich. It's a long tour so we include a box lunch and we also make a quick stop at Bacalar town on the way to and from the ruins for our guests to take a break, use bathrooms and, optionally, grab a quick snack.

Please don't hesitate to contact us in case you need any further details or if you need any kind of assistance. It will be our pleasure to help you!