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Municipality and city
Flag of Tonaya
Location of the municipality in Jalisco
Location of the municipality in Jalisco
Tonaya is located in Mexico
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 19°47′N 103°58′W / 19.783°N 103.967°W / 19.783; -103.967Coordinates: 19°47′N 103°58′W / 19.783°N 103.967°W / 19.783; -103.967
Country  Mexico
State Jalisco
 • Total 463.67 km2 (179.02 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 5,557
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

Tonaya is a town and municipality, in Jalisco in central-western Mexico. The municipality covers an area of 463.67 km².

As of 2005, the municipality had a total population of 5557.[1]


Tonaya, Jalisco is a city of Catholicism. In the 1800s the church of Tonaya was built, for the last 200 years it has stayed the tallest building in Tonaya signaling high authority in the religious area of the city. But the biggest religious story of Tonaya is the story of the Marian apparition that protects the city by the name of La Virgen de Tonaya. Her physical form has been said to have only been seen by very few people in the nearby mountains. It is also said that her spirit resides in a doll that was made to replicate her located in the church. Every year she is taken out of her church viewing spot and carried through the streets of Tonaya to be seen by the whole population of the city.


  1. ^ "Tonaya". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved April 20, 2009.