Kohunlich-Dzibanche Ruins Tour

The ultimate Maya ruins adventure in Costa Maya!

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Children Ages 6-12


Infants Ages 5-


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Kohunlich-Dzibanche Ruins Tour

The most complete Maya ruins combo available in Costa Maya, this experience includes a guided visit to Kohunlich Ruins, the most studied archeological site in the region, where visitors can explore the remains of splendid royal palaces, the acropolis and the ball court.
The Kohinlich experience is completed with a visit to the temple of the masks to admire the best preserved stucco masks of the Maya world, representing members of the ruling family playing the role of the Sun God.

After exploring Kohunlich the adventure continues on to Dzibanche Ruins, Costa Maya's most prestigious archeological jewel and former home of the Kan dynasty, the most powerful and influential of the Maya world.
The ruins of Dzibanche are hidden under the jungle and away from the crowds offering plenty of opportunities to see wildlife.

Adventure lovers will be delighted to know that Dzibanche is the only ruins site in the region where visitors are still allowed to climb to the top of temples for breathtaking views of the surrounding jungle.

Kohunlich-Dzibanche Tour summary

Rate definitions
Adult: $110.00 Ages 13 years old or older
Child: $95.00 Ages 6 to 12 years old
Infant: Free! Ages 5 years old or under
Rates are in US Dollars.

What's included

  • Round transportation
  • English speaking guide *Disponible en EspaƱol
  • Entrance tickets to Dzibanche
  • Entrance tickets to Kohunlich
  • Guided tour at both sites
  • Bottled water
  • Box lunch (turkey sandwich, fruit, juice or soda, bag of chips or granola bar)

Not included

  • Copyright fee for video recording at the ruins sites
  • Gratuities for guides/drivers

Tour Duration
7.5 hours

Departure times
Daily departures except on Christmas and New Year's day.
Earliest departure for cruise ship guests is one hour after the ship docks.

Tour departure point
This tour departs from The Native Choice Kiosk, a few steps outside the port. Tour confirmations include easy to follow directions, contact numbers and a map.

Be aware

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

Services and excursions at the port are sponsored by the cruise lines, anyone planning to use any local service must expect to leave the port to find their service provider.

Payment information
A deposit of $15.00USD per person is required to confirm spaces for this tour, balance payment will be required at check-in.
Deposits are fully refundable if for any reason your cruise ship doesn't call port at all in Costa Maya.
Online payment of the reservation total or remaining balance is possible within 21 days (3 weeks) before the tour.

Booking fee
We don't charge booking fees nor any other extra fees.

Cancellation policy
48 hours before the tour to avoid a $15.00USD per person fee.

Level of exertion
This is a walking tour that requires a very good level of fitness and health. Participants must be comfortable with outdoors, be able to walk at a steady pace on uneven grounds under the jungle for extended periods of time.
Climbing to the top of the temples is optional, it could be challenging and is not recommended for anyone with fear of heights.

This tour operates rain or shine.

We require that your cruise ship stays in port for at least 10 hours to participate in this tour.
This tour combination isn't wheelchair friendly nor recommended for people with difficulties to walk.
Children ages 5 y/o or younger can't participate in this tour.
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 the ruins sites, this fee is paid directly at the entrance of each site.
Tripods and drones aren't allowed into either ruins site.

Wear comfortable walking shoes.
We recommend a good sun block lotion and bug repellent during the rainy season.
Bring extra cash just in case you want to buy a snack.

Kohunlich-Dzibanche Tour timetable

This tour is completed in 7.5 hours

2 hr 10 min

Travel time Costa Maya to Dzibanche Ruins

10 min

Break to use facilities and prepare for Dzibanche

1 hr 15 min

Tour of the Dzibanche Ruins

30 min

Travel time from Dzibanche to Kohunlich

10 min

Break to use facilities and prepare for Kohunlich

1 hr 15 min

Tour of the Kohunlich Ruins

10 min

Break to use facilities and enjoy a snack

1 hr 50 min

Travel time Kohunlich to Costa Maya

Kohunlich-Dzibanche Tour additional info

The Kohunlich-Dzibanche Ruins Tour visits the ruins of Dzibanche first, and then the ruins of Kohunlich.

The ride from Costa Maya to Dzibanche Ruins takes around 2 hours 10 minutes. Most of the way the road is fairly new and in perfect conditions, however, the last 30KM the road becomes narrow and during the rainy season it could get a little bumpy.

Total walking distance to see all sections available for visitors in Dzibanche is around one mile.

After touring Dzibanche we travel for approximately 30 minutes to Kohunlich for the second part of the tour.

Kohunlich, involves more walking than Dzibanche since some sections could be away from the others. Expect to walk more than one mile at this site.

It's possible to climb most of the buildings at both sites.

Both sites have clean bathrooms at the entrance. The tour will stop at the service area of each site to allow time to use the facilities before entering the sites for the guided tour.

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!

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