What to do in Mahahual – Daytour to the Maya temples of Kohunlich
Kohunlich at 180 kilometers is especially famous for its Temple of Masks. The masks recall the sun god Kinich Ahau. They were not meant as straight representations but as portraits of the cities rulers. The city is believed to have funtioned as a regional center. It was also used as a place to stop along the trade routes from Yucatan and Campeche to Belize and Guatemala. Kohunlich is named after the cohune palm & was first reported in 1912 but only excavated in the 60s. The site was inhabited hroughout the Classic period, A.D. 250-900. The total city covers 21 hectare. It is surrounded by a beautiful sub-tropical rainforest. The mayority of the buildings still have to be excavated.
One of my favorite Maya Temples
From all the Maya temples I have visited in the past 10 years, Kohunlich is still one of my favorites. The huge central plaza of Kohunlich is surrounded with pyramids and temple platforms. You can sit on one of them and look over the area. Trying to imagine how this place must have been so many years ago. Everytime I visit Kohunlich I am again surprised by the peaceful, tranquil atmosphere at this site .
How to get to Kohunlich from Mahahual
Drive the 60 km back to the junction. Turn to the left direction Chetumal. After 60 km turn to the right, direction Escarcega. After 20 km you will see a sign for Kohunlich to turn to the left. From there its another 10 km before you arrive at the Maya temples of Kohunlich. From Maya Luna it will take you around 2.5 hours to get there.