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Tonina

East of Ocosingo | Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico, Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Gorey, Ireland
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118 reviews 118 reviews
57 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is a harder site to reach than some others but it does have something really fresh about it. There are buses or day trips from San Cristobal. Journey is interesting in itself. We saw charcoal being made and a dead snake impaled on a sharp stick! The site is fairly recent and still visible from the road. Most other... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

At 4 in the morning we were picked up by our driver for a 5 hour drive to Palenque. Leaving from casa San Cristobal we stopped for breakfast just as it was turning light. Then, unbeknownst to us, our driver took us to a lesser known archeological dig TONINA. To say that this became the highlight of the day would... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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135 reviews 135 reviews
40 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This Mayan site is HUGE and underdeveloped which gives it great authenticity. There is a small museum at the base and then a 1/2 mile hike to the ruins. From there it is a long multi storied hike up the seven pyramid levels to the top. At the fifth level there is a huge and amazing carved relief wall telling... More 

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Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Very nice place with Maya ruins. Despite there ane practically no organized trips its simple to reach the place via publc transport form palenque or San Cristobal. I reccomende to use OCC or ADO busses (they are more expensive than collectivos, but much more comfortable) into Ocosingo and from market!!! it is only 15 min by collectivos. Marker is in... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Tonina was not on the origianl itinerary for the tour i did through Maya sites and some of the group decided to give it a miss and spend a second day in Palenque. Tonina was Palneque's arch rival in historical times and is about a two hour drive from Palenque through windy mountainous road that offer great views ajd little... More 

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California
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1,534 reviews 1,534 reviews
1,002 attraction reviews
386 helpful votes 386 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

While the Tonina site is located in the State of Chiapas, it is nowhere near Chiapa de Corzo. It is just outside Ocosingo!

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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were lucky enough to visit 6 Archeological Sites this visit to Mexico and this was by far my favourite. Lovely overall feel to the site. There were only about half a dozen people there when we visited so the experience was very relaxing. The climb to the top is very steep but once at the top it is well... More 

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Honduras
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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Those are the two words I'd use to describe Tonina. We found this in our guidebook on a road trip and thought we'd stop off along the way. A bit of a detour to get there but man--it was worth it. Instead of writing a long review, I'd rather post some photos of how great this Mayan ruins site was!... More 

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We went to the ruins at Toniná in late November and we were the ONLY people there. We stopped by en route down from San Cristóbal de las Casas to Palenque, but not many visitors seem to do this. It's a shame because these ruins are very interesting to climb, although it is very steep, so bring a walking stick.... More 

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Elgin, Arizona
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

I hate to admit it, but you can get a little jaded after multiple days of visiting ruins. Having said this, Tonina was fairly mind blowing. The shear mass of the site and seven platforms is simply amazing. The Stella's and museum are phenomenal. Some tips. We took the bus from Chiapas and dropped our things in the nearby Exhacienda... More 

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