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Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Ranked #21 of 58 Attractions in Oaxaca
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Walking
Description: The Zapotecs inhabited this ancient city after they were forced out of Monte Alban.
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Jacksonville, Florida
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97 reviews 97 reviews
29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is much smaller than monte Albán but it is worth a visit to see the striking difference in architecture. Make sure you get the guided tour so you can understand how advanced in terms of engineering that they really were. If you go with one of the guided tours make sure you bring extra cash to pay the entrance... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Mitla is on the top of my list to go during Days of the Dead, not necessarily at night when there is a big hubbub (wherever you go for this holiday event you will be in a mob) but during the day, when the indigenous market is covered with flowers, burning copal incense, special Days of the Dead bread, and... More

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Gdynia, Poland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This place is quite small to compare with other acent spots in Mexico. Probably you always have to stay in queue to enter tombs, on day we were there was not too many people. Tombs are rather difficult to enter - especially for elder due to very low and narrow entrance. Actually - the town Mitla is very interesting with... More

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mequon, wisconsin
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This ruins were partially dismantled by the Spanish who built a church next to the site using the materials from Mitla. There still remains a multitude of examples of the intricate stonework. All of the designs were done with individual pieces, put together without the use of mortar. It's very interesting and incredible to look at. Don't visit Oaxaca without... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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9 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Part of the appeal at Mitla is the juxtaposition of pre-Colombian ruins and the colonial religious architecture in the church next door. There is a big tourist market right at the entrance to the archaeological site and a slightly tawdry, disneyesque feel to the approach. It is true that all of Mitla feels like a peso extraction machine, but to... More

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7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We went with a guide and really enjoyed the experience. Was amazed at the height of the risers on the steps as they were not tall people. We went to the market place after and found the prices good and a good selection. Make sure to go on a Sunday

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The ruins of Mitla were very interesting, even for my teenaged granddaughters..., the neighborhood marketplace near there makes for a very nice day also. The Marketplace is only open on Sundays so plan this nice complete day on a Sunday. This marketplace is the largest of the ancient pueblo gathering places. People come from miles around to do their weekly... More

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Custer, WA
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Mitla was a very small friendly town. We stayed at the Hotel Don Cenobio where every room had a theme. All the furniture was carved and painted wood. Our room was lovely sunflowers, our friends had a jungle panther theme. Everyone was helpful, the breakfast there was delicious. It is right across the street from the market. Because it was... More

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66 reviews 66 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The ruins are well preserved and cared for. They gave a good impressions of how life was conducted at that time. The underground chamber is not to be missed, but beware: it has extremely low entrance and ceilings. If you're very tall, you'll need to enter practically on your knees.

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Plattsburgh, New York
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150 reviews 150 reviews
58 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

On any particular day, a trip into the Valley of Oaxaca can combine several stops or attractions. I have always traveled to Mitla on a Sunday so I could include a stop at the weekly market in Tlacolula (coming or going, it doesn't really matter). On the Periferico highway near the 2nd class bus terminal, it's easy enough to catch... More

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