The Mayan Ruins of Kohunlich are a Great Day Trip from Tulum

Kohunlich is a large archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization, located in the Yucatan peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo about 144 miles from Muyil, which is nestled deep within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

Kohunlich consists of mainly residential complexes and palaces that present a very elaborate architecture, alongside evidence of the sophistication, importance and status of the families that once lived there. The site is also surrounded by a dense, subtropical rainforest, and it contains almost 200 mounds, that still today remain largely unexcavated.

The city was elaborately planned and engineered, with pyramids, citadels, courtyards and plazas surrounded with palace platforms, all laid out to channel drainage into a system of cisterns and an enormous reservoir to collect rainwater.

The Temple of the Masks is an early classic pyramid built in 500 AD with a central staircase decorated by large stucco masks. The pyramid is thought to be the oldest excavated structure in all of Kohunlich. The masks reach a height of 8 feet and remain in good condition today as a result of further construction made to the pyramid in 700 AD that provided protection.

If you have run out of things to do in Tulum, or you simply wish to explore the many Mayan ruins throughout the rest of the region, Kohunlich is a perfect choice, to continue your journey into the rich Mayan history of Mexico.

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