These New Archeological Sites Open Near Cancun Following Maya Train Launch

New monumental archeological sites are set to open in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. This event is accompanied by the Tren Maya—Maya Train—railroad.

This region is already known for its Mayan heritage, so these additions will simply add to the incredible history of the place.

The site of Kohunlich was preserved during restoration work. The 14-square-kilometer settlement was composed of housing units and civic-ceremonial complexes. These are surrounded by abundantly fertile fields, which were historically used for cultivation.

Kohunlich Site

Kohunlich thrived from 600 A.D. through 900 A.D, during which most of these grand structures were built, including the Plaza de las Estelas, the Vias, and the Noroesta complexes, along with luxury residences such as the Pixa’an and the 27 Steps. Its occupation dates back to the Late Preclassic period from 300 B.C. to 250 A.D. That being said, its early constructions were covered with monumental buildings in the Early Classic period from 200 A.D. to 600 A.D.

During this period, the Temple of Masks was erected, and it was adorned with eight figures who represented royal characters dressed in sun-related garb. The masks were molded in polychrome stucco with red and black colors. Only five remain.

The General Director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, by the name of Diego Prieto Hernández, shares that Koohunlich will likely increase the influx of visitors to Quintana Roo in Mexico. This program has been developed by the federal Ministry of Culture through INAH and additional areas are part of the Program for Improvement of Archaeological Zones, also known as Promeza.

This is an excellent development and one that will likely be a wonderful development for travelers and locals alike. If you are a history buff or someone who adores archeology, this will probably be a thrilling place to visit.