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Tour - Mitla & Yagul Ruins (1)
Tour - Mitla & Yagul Ruins (1)

Mon, Mar 13


Oaxaca de Juárez

Tour - Mitla & Yagul Ruins (1)

The religious center of the Zapotec empire.

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Mar 13, 2023, 9:00 AM – 3:40 PM

Oaxaca de Juárez, 17°04'01.6"N 96°43'09.8"W

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Trip description:

Next to Monte Alban, Mitla has the most spectacular archeological ruins in the Valles Centrales. The religious center of the Zapotec empire after the demise of Monte Alban, the name Mitla is derived from the Nahuatl name Mictlán, meaning the "place of the dead”. Mitla is unusual in having whole structures, not just foundations, almost intact. The intricate stone fretwork which decorates the building outsie and in is thought to reflect Mixtec influence. Given its religious importance, it is a wonder the Spanish did not level the site, as they did in Tenochtitlan in 1521.

The palace ruins at Yagul are as beautiful as they are impressive. They are unusual in that the are situated in the countryside away from any pyramids or temples. The site is also known locally as Pueblo Viejo (Old Village) and was occupied at the time of the Spanish Conquest. After the Conquest the population was relocated to the nearby

modern town of Tlacolula where their descendants still live. Most of the visible remains date to 1250-1521 AD, when the site functioned as the capital of a Postclassic city-state. The site was excavated in the 1950s and 60s by archaeologists Ignacio Bernal and John Paddock.

Dr. Robert Markens, a local archeologist and friend of the Oaxaca Lending Library,

will be out guide on this detailed tour of these important ruins.

Additional charges There is an admission fee of 65 pesos at each of the sites.

Lunch stop The group will enjoy lunch at one of any of the many restaurants clustered along the main street in Tule on the way back to Oaxaca. Expect to pay between 100 and 200 pesos for food and beverage.


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