Kohunlich ruins tour

Kohunlich Maya Ruins Tour

Join us for a guided visit to the heart of Kohunlich, home of the enigmatic stucco masks representing "Kinich Ahau" (Sun God for the ancient Maya) that are among the best preserved in the whole Maya world.

Kohunlich's temples and palaces are in a privileged location surrounded by exuberant jungle characterized by exotic "Cohune" palms from where the site got its name. Expect an adventure in a quiet atmosphere that makes it perfect to climb the acropolis, explore the multi-room palaces, walk through the ceremonial plazas and the ball-court, and admire the intricate decoration of the temple of the masks.

This tour includes the services of a local guide who will unveil the secrets of Kohunlich and fill your day with interesting facts about the great Maya civilization and today's local culture.

Tour details

Rate definitions

Adult US$80.00
Ages 13 years old and older

Child US$70.00
Ages 6 to 12 years old

Infant free!
Ages 5 years old or younger

What's included

  • Round transportation in air conditined vehicles
  • English speaking guide. (also available in Español and Français)
  • Tickets to the runis site
  • Guided Tour
  • Bottled water
  • Box lunch (turkey sandwich, fruit, juice or soda, bag of chips or granola bar)

Not included

  • Copyright fee of $5.00USD for the use of video cameras at the ruins site.
  • Gratuities for your guide and driver.

Tour duration
6 hours

Operating days and departure times
This tour operates daily with limited availability during Christmas Day and New Year.
Earliest departure for cruise ship guests is one hour after the ship docks. Later departures may be available if ship's time in port allows.

Difficulty level

This is a walking tour and includes walking on uneven grounds under the jungle. Climbing steps is required to see Kohunlich's Acropolis and 27 Steps Residential area. Walking uphill is needed to reach the Temple of the Masks.
This tour isn't suitable for anyone with difficulties to walk and it isn't wheelchair or scotter accesible.

A deposit of $15.00USD per person is required at booking to confirm spaces for this tour.

Balance payment will be due in cash (US Dollars or MX Pesos) at at check-in.
Optionally you can pay the total of your reservation at the moment of booking if you don't want to deal with balance payment when you arrive.

All payments received towards your reservation are fully refundable if for any reason your cruise ship doesn't call port in Costa Maya at all.

Cancellation policy is 48 hours before the tour.

This tour is better appreciated by children ages 6 years old and older.

Infants can participate in this tour only if it's reserved as a private tour.

Cruise ship must stay in port for a minumum of 8 (eight) hours to participate in this tour.

Tour meeting point

This tour departs from The Native Choice Kiosk a few steps outside the Costa Maya Port. Email confirmation will include easy to follow directions, contact info and a map.

Map from Costa Maya Port

In Costa Maya the port is privately owned and controlled by the cruise lines. Local companies don't have access to pick up guests nor have representatives there.

Services and excursions available at the port are sponsored by your cruise line, if you plan to use any local service your must expect to leave the port to find your service provider.

Tour timetable

1 hr 55 min

Travel time from Costa Maya to Kohunlich with a possible 10 minute rest stop at Bacalar.

10 min

Rest stop at the service area.

1 hr 50 min

Guided tour of the ruins.

10 min

Rest stop at the service area.

1 hr 55 min

Travel time from Kohunlich to Costa Maya.


  1. Wear comfortable walking or tennis shoes.
  2. A hat and sunblock lotion.
  3. Bring a little cash just in case.

Kohunlich Ruins Tour Details

This tour departs from The Native Choice Kiosk a few steps from the port, check tour meeting point for details.

The ride from Costa Maya to Kohunlich Ruins takes two hours, with a possible rest stop at Bacalar for bathrooms, gas and for our guests to stretch legs.

The road is in perfect conditions most of the way, then we switch to a narrow rural road for the last 10 minutes before reaching the ruins.

Visitors are allowed to climb the steps of the temple of the masks and the acropolis at Kohunlich.

This tour includes walking on uneven grounds and it isn't suitable for people with difficulties to walk.

There's a copyright fee of $5.00USD for the use of video cameras at Kohunlich, this fee isn't included in the tour price, it's paid at the entrance of the site and applies only for video cameras. There's no fee for the use of smart phones, film or digital photo cameras even if they can take video.

Kohunlich is in the middle of the jungle and currently there aren't shops. Expect to find only clean bathrooms and a ticket center at the service area of the site.

Reserve this tour

Adult US$80 Ages 13+

Child US$70 Ages 6-12

Infant free! Ages 5-