Tonina- Mayan Superpower

Tonina is an archaeological site located 8 miles east of the town of Ocosingo in the Mexican state of Chiapas. It is a Mayan site and gained significant power through the use of warfare. Tonina’s greatest rival was Palenque, some 40 miles to the north. It was Tonina that eventually toppled their great rival. The site is imposing, rising over 230 feet over a plaza and features several temple-pyramids over seven terraces.

model of Tonina

The cheapest way to get to Tonina from the town of Ocosingo is by catching a colectivo or combi from the market in town.  It will cost you less than a dollar each way and drops you off right at the entrance to the site after about a 15-20 minute ride.

At the entrance of the site is the museum and you should definitely take a look inside.  The museum contains several carvings from the site and a few models of what Tonina looked like at its peak.

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The Heart Of Mexico City – The Zocalo

If you only had one day to spend in Mexico City then a great place to spend it would be in the Zocalo, or main plaza. The Zocalo is at the heart of Mexico City. It would be easy to spend an entire day with just the sights on offer here, but I would allow at least a half day at the minimum.

View of National Palace & the Zocalo from above

The three main sights to take in here are the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral and the Aztec ruins of Templo Mayor. Depending on your pace and inclination each of these sites can be visited in one half hour to 2.5 hours for the detail-oriented visit. I personally spent a half-hour at the Cathedral, one hour at the Palace and about 2 hours at the Aztec ruins. Continue reading

Museo Dolores Olmedo

Garden of the Museum

Thanks to a suggestion from The Globetrotter Girls website, on Tuesday I made the 45 minute long Metro and Light Rail journey from the Centro Historico to the southern area of Mexico City. The purpose of this journey was to see art from Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The artwork presented did not disappoint. I was especially impressed by Frida Kahlo’s pieces. I was honestly unfamiliar with her art and was duly impressed. What further impressed me was the garden of the museum. The gardens made for a pleasant stroll between the exhibit buildings. Accompanying me on these strolls were what must have been dozens and dozens of peacocks throughout the grounds. In addition to the peacocks there were also about 10 Mexican Hairless Dogs. I’d never seen dogs quite like these before.

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