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Tonina, Ocosingo

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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.
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  • The main building of Toniná, rather than a pyramid, is a mountain covered in three layers of Mayan history. Its large size makes it different and therefore, visits suitable for those interested in the Prehispanic culture.
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  • If these touring Chiapas by car is a must. We came because it was us pass-through of blue water Comitan, however was the best experiences on the trip. We expected a small place but surprised us atop the architectural and the views of the Valley from the highest point. You need sneakers or comfortable shoes to climb as more high will make small steps, but it is worthwhile too. As it is not so tourist looks even bigger and there are many more ruins still covered by grass, but already they're identified to continue gradually discovering this magnificent ruined city if you have opportunity to do not miss it!
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  • Get there is a bit complicated, the tours are expensive. In my own experience, I was in San Cristóbal de las Casas, from there take a collective to Ocosingo and hence it is easy to get other collective or taxi (depending on your budget), Tonina, in fact as in the collective where I went were several to Toniná driver for $25 more took us to the ruins and we hope to bring us back to SanCris. As for the ruins, are not very large, but this very well preserved and are very beautiful, there same can take a small guided tour, which I recommend much to understand more about the construction and culture. I should mention that the rise is pretty tired and tends to be quite hot (although sometimes it rains). Anyway, I recommend it very much was a very good experience, even if you focus you can feel as you go back in time and see Tonina as it was before. A beautiful place to connect with your roots. There is a restaurant which wasn't open when I went and a gift shop. I bring my own food, and I recommend it. There are also tours to horse and a very nice Museum with a very friendly staff, also there is leave backpacks, which is advisable, as the pyramids rise is just as tired, where to bring the camera and water. Clean bathrooms, but you should go in the Museum before the tour.
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  • 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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  • Hello is place of Chiapas is wonderful and lets you admire the expertise that our ancestors had, and be not only proud but admired for his knowledge, best regards to all
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  • Beautiful place, you need luck so there are no locks on the way, I very much recommend visiting it, hire a guide, they are very friendly people and they live off that!
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  • Ruins little known because they are still only excavated 5%, but it is an extraordinary place, with a huge pyramid. It is worthwhile to make the stop in Ocosingo, Palenque and San Cristobal de las Casas, to visit
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