Tonina is a pre-Columbian archaeological site and ruined city of the Maya civilization located in what is now the Mexican state of Chiapas, some 13 km east of the town of Ocosingo.The site is medium to large, with groups of temple-pyramids set on terraces rising some 71m above a plaza, a large court for playing the Mesoamerican ballgame, and over 100 carved monuments, most dating from the 6th century through the 9th centuries AD, during the Classic period. Toniná is distinguished by its well preserved stucco sculptures and particularly by its in-the-round carved monuments, produced to an extent not seen in Mesoamerica since the end of the much earlier Olmec civilization.. Toniná possesses one of the largest pyramids in Mexico; at 74m in height, it is taller than the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan..Toniná was an aggressive state in the Late Classic, using warfare to develop a powerful kingdom. For much of its history, Toniná was engaged in sporadic warfare with Palenque, its greatest rival and one of the most important polities in the west of the Maya region, although Toniná eventually became the dominant city in the west.Put Tonina at the forefront of your travel plans using our Ocosingo day trip planning tool .
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Desde hace tiempo, teníamos muchas ganas de ir a conocer esta ciudad maya, pero debido a su ubicación en una zona de conflicto con los zapatistas, veníamos posponiendo la visita, Nos hospedamos en San... more »For some time, we were eager to get to know this Mayan city, but due to its location in an area of conflict with the zapatistas, we were postponing the visit, we stayed in San Cristobal de las Casas, bus route does not exist, only if you are looking for in travel agencies and boards a group of more four make you the journey, if there are conditions, since there are two localities in the sierra that locks, if you are adventurous and bring your vehicle, you have to leave super early San Cristobal in the sa you the Sun, fill your tank, your head and encouragement of patience since the journey is full of curves, bumps, and an infinite number of non-designated stops, and if you're an atheist ask God not they mislead you (not travel never at night). Anecdota Tragica and comic at once in a ride after the village of Oxchuc (first seal) in a stretch in poor condition and stops a gang of kids 10 to 12 years, is momentum on the road and points of Slingshot loaded stone , demanded us money as minimo10 pesos. But once you get to the archaeological site of Tonina, everything is forgotten and remains one amazed by the Majesty of the Montana-templo - magic of Toniná, I do not regret, it would return if. The Mystic energy that has Tonina is unique. I am grateful to Manuel for being our guide.
Toniná es una de las zonas arqueológicas más bellas y menos publicitadas de México. Puedes llegar en transporte público desde Ocosingo y la visita puede llevarte dos o tres horas. No olvides llevar tu... more »Toniná is one of the most beautiful and least publicized of Mexico archaeological sites. You can reach by public transport from Ocosingo and the visit may take two or three hours. Do not forget to bring your camera; the friezes are wonderful! Go prepared with water and sunscreen, because the heat can be intense and the rise in the central Citadel is continuous. However, the view from the top is amazing and well worth it!
Toniná war eine der großen Überraschungen auf meiner Mexico-Tour. Übernachtung in Ocosingo (nur mäßige Hotelqualität, aber sehr freundliche Leute), dann per Shuttle durch eine erstaunlich schöne Lands... more »Toniná was one of the big surprises on my Mexico Tour. Accommodation in Ocosingo (only hotel quality moderate but very friendly people,), then driven by shuttle through an amazingly beautiful landscape to the archaeological site. Actually, the plant consists only of a single pyramid-like complex, but pulling up a hill located in gigantic proportions. I was not the only one who came close with an open mouth. I didn't expect really. The site is indeed poorly attended, but I was not the only one who had his eureka moment. worth a visit.
Stunningly preserved complex. It's quite empty most of the time, so it has a very peaceful atmosphere. Parts of this site basically look almost new. There are stucco murals that are very well preserved. The view from the top is quite nice; this site is in the middle of ranching country, so you see peaceful green pastures all around. Tip: hire a guide, if you speak Spanish.
Awesome place. Way less tourists than other sites. Take a local guide to learn more about the place. Lots to discover and you can go everywhere on the ruins.
This is a lesser famous but considerably large pyramid and is absolutely worth it to visit when on the way to visit Palenque... the pyramid is beautifully kept in pristine condition with manicured grass due to low volume of visitors and therefore not overrun by throng of vendors hawking their wares. The historical significance of the site cannot be understated since it is Tonina that sacked the king of Palenque.
Woow... Woooow, from the mesoamerica pyramids I've visited, this one was the absolute best! I am huge fan of mayan culture, soo civilized, so organized, so clean... It was mesmerising. It's the biggest pyramid of mesoamerica (bigger than palenque) and all the mountains around the pyramid are actually more pyramids, just amazing. Tour guides are good, some have worked in the excavation, so they have great story's as well, very humble people. If you want to use your drone, you need to get a permit, other wise they won't let you use it. Also, there are 270 steps, very steep steps as well, so bring enough water, sunblock and highly recommend a big hat and sun glasses
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