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The Zapotecs inhabited this ancient city after they were forced out of Monte Alban.
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very nice site. The palace is really beautiful. Great when not too crowded. The market outside is very nice.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Viaje3000
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So much going on at this site - a beautiful,activity used church - and stunning ancient ruins. The perfect example of how the history Mexico. Once you pay the low admission price, you enter a small museum with some pottery and a skeleton. It’s a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JoshtheTravelG
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very small site, but oh so beautiful. The quality of the stonework is outstanding. The design is something to behold. Getting into the tombs takes a little effort. The on-site guide provided by the tour was very thorough. He disappeared before I...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank julian t
Reviewed September 2, 2019

The ruins at Mitla are unique and different from other sites in Mexico. Mitla is just over an hour drive from Oaxaca. A small site but the designs are unique and some of the site has been restored giving a better feel of what things...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank SandFlogger
Reviewed July 12, 2019

Good site to visit with interesting carvings. Old church on site as well. There is an entry fee, but they didn't end up asking us to pay

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Mark C
Reviewed May 3, 2019

Mitla was very important religiously to the Zapotec, and they made many impressive mortar-less mosaics, none of which have patterns that are repeated exactly - unique in Mexico. You can see the remains of ruins which were covered with a Christian church and the Columns...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Mary K
Reviewed March 25, 2019

As the religious center for the Mixtec (so more or less after Monte Alban fell until the Spanish arrived), it has a few well preserved building with interesting stone inscriptions. Well worth the hour trip from Oaxaca.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank nathanielb2013
Reviewed March 24, 2019

The town itself is very nice- some good shops and well painted. The site is quite popular and the best part of it was that one building had survived with stone detail on the buildings truly intact- so you can really see what these buildings...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank couplessPS
Reviewed March 19, 2019

The ruins at Mitla are a must-see if you're interested in understanding the artwork of the Zapotec peoples. Many of today's Zapotec weavings are based upon the artwork you'll see in Mitla. It's a very relaxing and peaceful environment. BUT... do yourself a favor and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Skelt440
Reviewed March 12, 2019 via mobile

These ruins are not as massive as the ones at Monte Alban, but they contain unique stone mosaics that are incredible. Many Oaxacan rugs have copied the Zapotec mosaic patterns seen at these ruins. It takes about an hour to visit these ruins, and they...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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