Zona Arqueológica de Mitla

Zona Arqueológica de Mitla, San Pablo Villa de Mitla

Zona Arqueológica de Mitla

Zona Arqueológica de Mitla
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Zapotecs inhabited this ancient city after they were forced out of Monte Alban.
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Adrian
Zurich, Switzerland68 contributions
Don't waste your time here!
Sep 2021 • Couples
What a terrible place. Not much to see or do. Just a lot of useless sales stands and one of the worst UNESCO sites ever. Because of covid, this open air site is only open from 11am to 1pm and only allows 400 people a day, which is a total joke. There are no proper signs or labels, so you're forces to go with a guide. Do not find here!
Written 5 September 2021
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Rob C
San Jose, CA2 115 contributions
Mitla Ruins
Dec 2020
If you like Precolumbian ruins this place is pretty cool. 75 pesos will get you in and you get to visit two ancient palace sites separated by a modern market and a church complex. In December of2020 there were only a limited amount of visitors allowed at a time. Guides are available inside the site and I feel that it's 100% worth it to hire one. One important thing to know is that once you pass from the first palace complex through the market to the second, and bigger palace complex there is no going back, so take your time in the first zone.
Written 18 May 2021
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RicherTrips
Monterrey, Mexico2 851 contributions
Mitla in Covid era
Apr 2021
Arriving to Mitla is complicated if you don’t come in a tour bus or your own car. It’s better to arrive early for only 200 visitors are allowed in pandemic times. Once the quota is reached, no one else comes in, even if the visit takes 60 to 90 minutes: No more visitors can get in later.

The archeological site is small, but wonderful. The stone carvings are unique; the fretwork friezes can’t be found anywhere else. What a pity that the Spaniard conquerors hurried to build a simple, graceless church using these temples and palaces as quarries.

Around the site, a big market offers crafts, souvenirs and food, including the famous tropical fruit and flower ice creams.

Be aware that the only bathroom facilities are behind the parking lot and require a 5 pesos coin for the turnstile.
Written 27 April 2021
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Starkall
Cologne7 contributions
No entrance to Mitla during Corona
Nov 2020
Due to the Corona pandemic Mitla is closed for foreigners, but not onyl the ruins, the only town is closed. As soon as you turn off the highway there is a road stop and the village police will send you back where you come from.
Written 25 November 2020
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Deborah C
Austin300 contributions
Well preserved ruins
Mar 2020
We came here by colectivo from Oaxaca which was an adventure in itself. A wonderful shop lady explained where to catch it on the way back - not where we were dropped off. Mitla is a pleasant little town and it's not a very long walk from the center to the ruins. We stopped along the way at Casa Zapoteca to have a bite for brunch. The ruins, while not large like Monte Alban, have extensive well-preserved brick mosaics, some with traces of paint remaining. There are a couple of places you can climb down inside and if you climb the very high steps inside the last courtyard you will be rewarded with being able to visit rooms with recreated roofs and more brick mosaics. The site is well maintained with cactus gardens and places to sit. You might want to download a map and explanations before you go, because signage is scarce. We had some wonderful ice cream right outside the entrance and the stalls there were pleasant places to shop.
Written 20 March 2020
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lquadros
San Ramon, CA126 contributions
Interesting if you area history buff
Jan 2020
We came here as a part of a group tour. Although our guide had a passion for explaining the importance and history of the place, his thick Spanish accent in English made it difficult to follow. If you have visited well preserved sites like Machu Picchu or chichnitza or teoteoachan , you may find the ruins a bit underwhelming.
The grounds around are well maintained and there are plenty of good photo opportunities. I recommend this place if you love history and want to do a deep dive into the details, otherwise you can skip it.
Written 10 March 2020
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Chinapjs
Washington DC, DC3 713 contributions
Interesting Zatopec ruins about 1 hour from Oaxaca
Feb 2020
Best to have guide who can tell you all about the Zatotpec people and the ruins here. Also will know the history of the church and the beliefs of the people. Many in this area still speak the ancient language at home.
Written 11 February 2020
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Jack M
Philadelphia, PA181 contributions
Unique brick work
Jan 2020
Thought to be a religous center of the Zapotecs. Brick work in the facades is absolutely stunning; thought to date from about 1100-1500AD. Church built by Spaniards on the ruins.
Written 26 January 2020
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Connie B
San Diego, CA510 contributions
Go here before Monte Alban!
Jan 2020
Good series of photos showing what they found inside. Underwhelming if you have been to Monte Alban but definitely worth a visit.
Written 19 January 2020
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Andrew F
Portland, OR119 contributions
okay Zatopec ruins
Jan 2020
Not the most exciting ruins I've seen but the extensive use of geometric designs is unique in Central America and so is of some interest. It's often combined in a day tour with other activities.
Written 9 January 2020
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