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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Owner description: This peaceful archaeological site provides a more picturesque counterpart to its more popular sister site, Monte Alban.
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Mexico City, Mexico
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50 reviews 50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

It is a mystery that there are not more visitors at Yagul. The archaeological site itself is impressive and the physical location is in many ways more beautiful that Monte Alban. There is a profusion of vegetation and other wildlife as well as wide vistas across agricultural lands and surrounding mountain ranges. There is an array of cacti and succulents... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Yes. It's sad, but true. Yagul is a beautiful and interesting site, and is really not very far from Oaxaca City, but we had it entirely to ourselves. Anyway, we were thrilled to be the only ones there. We arrived early and began our visit with a hike up the rocky hill overlooking the site and the surrounding valley. Follow... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We were advised on arrival in Oaxaca to be sure to visit Yagul, and we did--3 times! Just off the highway between Mitla and Oaxaca, en route to the ruins, situated at the base of a high outcropping, we passed by a mesa with early (much earlier than Yagul) petroglyphs; if we'd had the time and energy we could have... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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79 reviews 79 reviews
36 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Perfect stop point on the way back from Mitla to Oaxaca, and toward the latter part of the Monte Alban/Mitla occupations (mostly AD1200-1521). Good views. Interesting tomb with carved heads and Mitla style fretwork. Reconstructed in some places. Gives you a good idea of a smaller satellite town, and you'll probably have the place to yourself. The caves across the... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

A bit off the beaten track, but well worth the effort. Quiet, less visited and beautiful views. Well worth the visit. On the way back, stop at and see the Tule Tree or Teotitlan for the rug demo.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

After seeing the archaeological site of Monte Alban, it's a "small" one. But there is a cool maze inside this archaeological site and the surrounding scenery is good too. I think this is worth to take a look here. 2013-6 entrance price MXN$42/adult opening hours: 8am~17pm Mon-Sun location: 16°57′30″N 96°27′1″W Be careful of some prickly plant seeds attached on your... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Yagul is a mysterious city on a hill outside Tlacolula, Mexico. Discover the origins of the builders for yourself and experience how it might have felt to live in this pre-Aztec city. The view from the hilltop fortress above Yagul is amazing and well worth the climb. Even though the midday sun was out, the breeze was cool and refreshing.... More

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State College, Pennsylvania
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12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Yagul is an amazing archaeological site. Much of it has been excavated and restored, but there is more that has not been touched. Even if you don't have an interest in the pre-history of the area, you will still love the views. From the vista there are incredible views of the valley below inculding the river. There is not site... More

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Raleigh, NC
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31 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

These ruins are located at the end of a nondescript side road along the highway between Oaxaca city and the much more touristy and heavily promoted ruins at Mitla. There's little signage or fanfare as you approach. No souvenir shops, taco stands or guide services. But, oh my, the ruins and the views!!!! Yagul predates Mitla and Monte Alban and,... More

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26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

Yagul predates Mitla, and is much more rustic in its construction. However, it boasts one of the largest ball courts in Mesoamerica, a tomb with two extremely well-preserved carved stone figures near the entranceway, a large carved image of a frog, and a series of rooms frequently termed a labyrinth. The ruin is currently undergoing restoration and further excavation. Hiking... More

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