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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 ruins of tonina very few known and promoted which do not understand why, since they are incredible and the spectacular view from the side discharge from the ruins, are like 12 km from town ocosingo in cart, the entrance ticket know it since I was in domi NGO and be national free payment that day, the cost of the guide if you require it is between 200 and there are also a couple of restaurants
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  • Magic, the place, the mountains and surroundings, really nice to visit and relax - funny to see the animals around too..  more »
  • In your journey driving Chiapas traveling from San Cristobal to Palenque, I recommend you leave early San Cristóbal de las Casas, to pass to Toniná devoting to this archaeological site at least 4 hours, to then follow your way to Palenque scale in Las Cascadas de Agua Azul where I recommend that you go to eat and know the place to continue your road to Palenque evening to stay for 2 nights at this destination.
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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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