The site of Kohunlich is relatively extensive, about 21 acres surrounded by tropical forest. The layout of the buildings and the remains of water channels and cisterns suggest that Kohunlich was an important city at the time.
Archaeological information says that the first settlements were established there by 200 AD, although most of the most significant buildings were built between the years 250 and 600 AD. It can also be assumed that this site represented a focal point of trade between the cities of the Peninsula of Yucatan and several Mayan cities in Central America.
The ancient name of the site is unknown. The word Kohunlich is not of Mayan origin, it is the result of a phonetic transcription of the original English name Cohoon Ridge, word elaborated by the archaeologist Victor Segovia, who was the first to explore the region.