|Driving Up Into The Clouds!|
The road was bumpy, paved and then unpaved, curvy, washed out on some hillsides, climbed up mountainsides (up to 2700 ft) into the clouds, temperatures dropped about 20 degrees. Villages were scattered about and on the roadside we found a variety of stores: groceries, bbq restaurants, colorful local garments.
|Roadside Garment Store|
As we approached a village that was flanked by date palms, we were accosted by the tope vendors--but this time it was different, the women had strung a flag/banner rope across the road, as we approached, they pulled it up to prevent us from passing the children who were selling food items in baggies, we continued to move forward as the children were knocking on the windows, begging us to buy....wow how aggressive and uncomfortable that encounter was!
Three hours from the time we left Palenque, we finally arrived in Tonina. The trip got longer as we drove. It was about 80 miles one way--not the short trip we anticipated.
ANYWAY, this site was impressive. The main temple was one of those that each generation added something on to it, not only was it tall (over 230 feet to the top), but also wider than any we have seen to date. It has 7 terraces, many rooms, small temples, passageways, 3D stelae! A huge ball court with 3D decor. As you climb the temple steps and turn around to view the panorama-there are many unexcavated "things" out there--right now they're little grassy humps, some with trees growing, all just begging to be unearthed.
This site was too large to explore in one day--we will return someday, stay a couple of days in Ocosingo and explore what we missed!