I had never been to a Mayan ruin before.
I’d seen pictures, of course. Pictures of Pyramids in their splendor and pictures of them overrun by tourists. I was prepared for the latter and amazed when I found the former.
My day excursion to Tonina (dating from the 6th – 9th centuries) on a recent blog trip sponsored by Mexico Tourism was a surprise on many fronts. The history, the magnitude and the fact that so few people were there.
Work uncovering Tonina from mounds of earth, rocks and trees began in the 1970’s by a French team. The National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico began excavations soon after and a museum was opened in 2000 preparing the way for tourism. As one of the more recently excavated sites, it is not as well known as others. At 2 1/2 hours from San Cristobal, it is also a little further off the beaten track. This is why it was not busy (I was told that other sites would have had at least 6 coaches of people on that Friday) and such a pleasure to explore. We were able to climb the pyramid.
Please join me…