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Reaching the parking lot, the only thing on offer is the entrance ticket. Bring along your own map, and/or guide book for reference! Nothing is available free or for purchase. Then, follow the path west for about 750 metres. Almost immediately you encounter the museum, but I saved it for later. Then, there is a path that branches to the right. Unless you are a masochist, stick with the left. You may look up and see why, as per this upload. The view is of Toniná from the east. At the very top, level 7, sits the Temple of the Smoking Mirror. And, it certainly looks to me like there are steps all of the way to the top. Go this way if you are in training for a marathon or some such event, or are in need of something about which to boast.

The bulk of what you see at the site probably dates from the Classic era, i.e. 600 - 900 CE. In Mundo Maya, as the Classic era advanced, the population seems to have become concerned with, what today, would be called governance issues. The different city states became more militant toward each other, e.g. Palenque and Toniná.

Eventually, the path takes you down to a stream, yes there is a bridge, next there are steps to be climbed to reach the Great Plaza. This you enter by one of the great monuments at Toniná, (in my opinion), Ball Court #1. In total, there are two courts.

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 505] (1561)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-11-19
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-08-08 4:26
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