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Once a worthy rival to nearby Palenque, today the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Toniná are among the least visited of Chiapas’ many Mayan sites, but its remote location and minimal crowds make a tour all the more impressive. Toniná’s importance as a ceremonial center was at its height between 600 and 900 AD and the vast archeological site encompasses more than 90 excavated buildings dating back to this period, spread over seven hillside terraces, as well as an on-site museum.

Highlights include the Great Pyramid, the Temple of Prisoners, the War Palace and the Temple of the Earth Monster, famous for its well preserved ‘Mural of the Four Eras’, but the star attraction is the towering hilltop Acropolis. A 70-meter high pyramid reached by 260 steps, the Acropolis ranks as one of Mexico’s highest Mayan temples and offers spectacular views over the Ocosingo Valley below.

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Tuesday–Sunday 9am-4pm
Toniná, Mexico

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Tonina Archaeological Zone, Tours departing from San Cristobal de las Casas

Tonina Archaeological Zone, Tours departing from San Cristobal de las Casas

TONINÁ ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA - SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS CHIAPAS DEPARTURE Departures at 8:00 am at the reception of the hotel, Ocosingo, Chiapas where we will visit the Z.A TONINÁ which means “Big Stone Houses”, the height of this Mayan archeological zone dates from the end of the 6th century and the beginning of the X A.D. in such a way that around the year 900 it became the largest acropolis of Neolithic Mexico. The main one in the highest point of the whole, the highest in Mesoamerica. Among the most important sculptures found in Toniná are those of its last ruler: Tzots Choj and, recently, having 3 hours to visit, to fully enjoy the tour. To end the trip we move to the city of San Cristobal and with the option of ending in Ocosingo, Chiapas.
  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation


Toniná hours of operation: Tuesday–Sunday 9am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.