Moving on from Cozumel, we ventured to Costa Maya, Mexico, found in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, where the world's second largest coral reef can be found nearby in Banco Chinchorro. With some 500 different species of fish and 60 varieties of coral, travelers were excited to explore the underwater worlds.
I headed inland here where we visited vine-draped Mayan ruins of Kohunlich and Dzibanche. Dzibanche was once the capital of the snake Dynasty in the 5th and 6th centuries and included the Temple of the Captives and and the Temple of the Owl. At Kohunlich, where Mayans resided from 200 BC until AD 600 while trading fabrics, jade, and obsidian objects, salts and shells, we were fascinated by excavated masks of the sun god -- Kinich Ahau.