Built on the slope of a hill, Toniná rises up from the Great Plaza at an altitude of 875 metres (2,870'). My driver pulled off the road east from Ocosingo, once we had passed by the military post. This view is 1 kilometre away from the actual structures. Toniná is positioned between the Sierra Norte in Chiapas State, and the lowlands - a transition area between conifers and a forest of high altitude perennials. The climate is hot and humid with rains occurring year round.
I do have a word of warning for visitors. The plaza, grass covered, is very soggy when wet; even though the sun was shining brightly the day I visited, walking the plaza was like walking a swamp. Second, the steps of the structure are narrow, and the risers are high. Climbing is exhausting work. Coming down, careful though I was, I slipped and fell, slightly damaging one of the cameras. Just be very careful... Moreover, I did not make it to the top. I had to be satisfied reaching level 5 of the 7. Plus of course, there is a site museum - small, but do not miss it.
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