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“Overrun with tourists and really underwhelming” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Mitla

Mitla
Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Ranked #21 of 57 attractions in Oaxaca
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: The Zapotecs inhabited this ancient city after they were forced out of Monte Alban.
Raleigh, NC
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“Overrun with tourists and really underwhelming”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Maybe we expected too much of Mitla, but this had to be the greatest disappointment of our 12-day stay in Oaxaca. The site is small - barely covering a block or two of the surrounding village - and was overrun with tourists, including children and teens climbing on the ruins (despite ample signage saying this was prohibited); adults making out and smoking in the tunnels; and toddlers urinating along the paths (while their parents watched nonchalantly). To even get the the ruins, you have to walk thru a gauntlet of cheesy tourist stalls selling cheap tchotchkes.

Sure, the geometric patterns of some of the stonework are amazing...but much of the archeological ruins here have been reconstructed. (Our driver, who had bachelor's degrees in anthropology and history from the national university in Mexico City, said only about 20 percent of the site is actually original; the rest has been "re-imagined" to how archaeologists think it once looked.)

Compared to the amazing ruins at Monte Alban and Yagul, this place felt like some sort of cheesy roadside attraction. We toured in in less than 30 minutes and left.

This is a place that looks better in photos than in real life.

Visited August 2012
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Gibsons, Canada
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“Archeological site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

It was smaller than I expected, but the tour guides were excellent. The actual temples are a marvel of architecture.

Visited July 2012
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Sunshine Coast
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“Walking back in time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

So enjoyed our guide and the explanations given. This place is rich in culture and history. We stayed one hour on a hot day and this gave us a very good look around.

Visited July 2012
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“Unique archeological style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

This place is magic, it has a unique decoration on the pyramids and although it is not a big site, you can see how people never stopped living there. Church has a visible pyramid below which is amazing. It has a small market with crafts and the best tamarind ice cream I had ever had. A MUST see.

Visited July 2012
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“Incredible Stonework”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

The stone work and detailing at Mitla is incredible. What you at first think are carvings turn out to be individually fitted pieces of stone. The plaques are in Spanish and English, but I'd recommend a guided tour if possible.

Visited July 2012
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