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Address: San Pablo Villa de Mitla, Mexico
Phone Number: 514-1294
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The Zapotecs inhabited this ancient city after they were forced out of...

The Zapotecs inhabited this ancient city after they were forced out of Monte Alban.

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Interesting ruins

If your time is limited you should go to Monte Alban but if you're in the area, Mitla is a great stop. It's not very crowded and the ruins are very accessible. It's a small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2016
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Along with its exquisite mosaics, the ruins at Mitla artistically bring the visitor closer to Pre-Columbian religious beliefs and careful customs surrounding death. Those beliefs are still part of the Oaxacan tradition as reflected at the annual celebrations surrounding the Dia de los Muertos. A guide can help explain the Mitla and the two tombs that are open to the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you go to Oaxaca, make sure that you check this out. Bring your hiking boots and your camera...and your ears. There is much to explore here, and the story is fascinating. Have patience as some of the places like the tombs are difficult to get in and out of...and I did bang my head up once. My photos don't... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Often overlooked, but well worth a visit. Some unrestored ruins with original colors, a fascinating tomb (almost airless), and extensively preserved detailed brickwork make Mitla impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is apparently one of those ruins with the most originals sections. Small but impressive nonetheless . We bought the tour from a guy on the zocalo on Oaxaca Historico centre. Their office is located on the November street, sharing the office with Ado. Strongly recommend them, the guide for the English part was very good. It included Tule, mezcal... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

If your time is limited you should go to Monte Alban but if you're in the area, Mitla is a great stop. It's not very crowded and the ruins are very accessible. It's a small area but there's a fair amount to see. Nice photos opportunities.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

This is well worth a visit, even for those who don't love archeological sites. An important Zapotec religious centre from one or two centuries before the Spanish invasion, it's stonework is still beautiful - mosaic geometric designs, many of them still clear and well preserved. It's surrounded by a magnificent cactus garden. We went in the dead of winter, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

This is s beautiful and very important site. It impressiveness lies in the significance and how it's built. What's around is not much and it's not a high elevation. But this doesn't detract from its importance and beauty. I don't know that it's for everyone but as a mesoAmerican archeology buff it was very moving.

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Thank Tempest1967
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

After having just visited Monte Alban and Aztompa, Mitla gave a different a unique view of the ruins. There were guides for hire at the entrance. While the ruins were not nearly as large, they were much more detailed in the carvings and design on the facade of the buildings. You were also able to climb down into a couple... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

As far as the wonders of Mexico, this is down the list, but a must-see if Oaxaca is in your only stop. (monte Alban is superior) The trip through the town of Mitla is like a ride through history. The site is well laid out with markers and was not busy on our visit. I think it would be chaotic... More 

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washington dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This archeological site has wonderful geometic/abstract designs that represent Mixteca mythology, and were added to the Zapotec structures, by the Mixteca people. The original construction alternates between horizontal and vertical layers, which allow for movement, which in turn stabilizes the building at the time of an earthquake. I thought that the information posters were most informative, our guide actually referred... More 

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