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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 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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  • This is a zone that is seldom visited, it´s a shame, it has an 80mts high structure what it makes it the tallest in Mesoamerica. Be sure to be there with water, and dress light, mosquito repellent it´...  more »
  • if you travel from san cristobal to palenque, this is a mandatory stop, is a hidden gem of mayan culture just 20 minutes of ocosingo town.  more »
  • This unknown or less popular archeological site is amazing for its condition and the views are stunning. A must see. You are allowed to climb and to get inside the pyramids. The condition of the mural...  more »
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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
  • 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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  • Surprisingly the height of buildings, the view of climbing is very cute, if will not forget to go to the Museum of the archaeological site.
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  • Ruins in very good condition, very interesting and very careful the environment
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  • Of the best archaeological sites I have visited. Actually I didn't expect but the moment to see that giant, doubt dissipated. A huge pyramid that clearly shows the power and capacity of the Mayan culture.
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