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Kohunlich archaeological site

Chetumal (Grand Costa Maya)

Would you imagine traveling to the past to learn part of Mayans history? This is possible if you visit Kohunlich archaeological site, which is the name of a Mayan city and ceremonial center 65 kilometers away from Chetumal, Quintana Roo. The meaning of its name comes from the English cohoon ridge, which refers to the existence of corozo (Acrocomia aculeata) palms.

Walking through every Archaeological Site corner, leads us to observe how the buildings were laid out and the remains of water pipes and cisterns that makes us rethink the importance of this complex at the time.

Kohunlich, which is surrounded by forest, is a settlement built in the early Classical period around 500 and 600 A.D. In Mayan culture splendor days, it was a trade meeting point among Yucatán Peninsula cities and the rest of the Mayan cities of Central America.

You can continue your tour in the Plaza de las Estelas (Stelae Square) and “El Conjunto de las Vías (civic-ceremonial complexes), structures where Kohunlich reached its peak population.

The area is made up of several architectural ensembles with ceremonial and residential purposes. One of them is Edificio A-1 or Templo de los Mascarones (Temple of the Masks), where stand out the monumental stucco reliefs which still keep the red painting that covered the temple. It is important to mention the once high-ranking structures Gradería (The Bleachers) and El Rey.

Would you imagine traveling to the past to learn part of Mayans history? This is possible if you visit Kohunlich archaeological site, which is the name of a Mayan city and ceremonial center 65 kilometers away from Chetumal, Quintana Roo. The meaning of its name comes from the English cohoon ridge, which refers to the existence of corozo (Acrocomia aculeata) palms.

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Walking through every Archaeological Site corner, leads us to observe how the buildings were laid out and the remains of water pipes and cisterns that makes us rethink the importance of this complex at the time.

Kohunlich, which is surrounded by forest, is a settlement built in the early Classical period around 500 and 600 A.D. In Mayan culture splendor days, it was a trade meeting point among Yucatán Peninsula cities and the rest of the Mayan cities of Central America.

You can continue your tour in the Plaza de las Estelas (Stelae Square) and “El Conjunto de las Vías (civic-ceremonial complexes), structures where Kohunlich reached its peak population.

The area is made up of several architectural ensembles with ceremonial and residential purposes. One of them is Edificio A-1 or Templo de los Mascarones (Temple of the Masks), where stand out the monumental stucco reliefs which still keep the red painting that covered the temple. It is important to mention the once high-ranking structures Gradería (The Bleachers) and El Rey.

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