The Archaeological site of Atzompa is just outside the City of Oaxaca and can be reached by taxi or collective taxi from the pottery making village of Atzompa. Shopping and museum available in the village
Oaxaca city offers archaeological ruin sites within a few miles of the city that were built between 1200 BC and 1519 AD. They are open to the public and can be reached by public bus, car, or taxi.
Ruin Sites Reached by Bus From Oaxaca City
Dainzu Archaeological ruin site south of Oaxaca city
Sites Reached By Bus
The valley of Oaxaca contains nine ruin sites of the Zapotec culture open for visits and reached by bus, private car, or taxi.
Monti Alban, right, can also be hiked or biked from Oaxaca City
From 1500 BC to 1519 AD,
dvanced indigenous cultures in Oaxaca built monumental
cities of stone. The cultures reached an apex of artistic achievement at around 800 AD and then diminished. They had a
resurgent period around 1200 AD.
The Spanish conquerers and colonists built
their churches over the existing
indigenous temples using the
already quarried rock for building
This church at Teotitlan
del Valle is built over an 8th
Century Zapotec temple.
Of the eight ruin sites reached with an hours drive of Oaxaca City Monte Alban, Mitla, and Lambityeco can be reached directly by bus.
Teotitlan del Valle reached by public bus and crossroads collective taxi or by the village bus Teo Titlan del Valle has a small museum of artifacts but the temple site is now beneath a Spanish colonial era church.
Yagul, Dainzu, and Huijazoo can be harder to reach by public transportation because of remote access roads. Bus or collective taxi to the crosssroads and then a walk
Tours to the ruins are available through agencies, or guides in Oaxaca City or the visitor can self guide using the well marked trails and explanatory plaques done in the Zapotec language, in Spanish, and in English.
Thirty miles southeast of Monte Alban on Route 190, the archaeological ruin site of Mitla, has architectural details unique in Mexican ruins and demonstrates the post classic incursion of the 10th century AD Mixtec culture into the art of the
Oaxacan Valley Zapotec culture.
Textile shopping Available at the site
Ruin Sites by Bus
from Oaxaca City
Yagul offers a tomb open to the
public, a ball court, and a hilltop view of the valley
Lambityeco is a small site with interesting classic era sculptures and tombs
reached by the Tlacolula or Mitla bus, colectivo, or taxi.
Construction started at Huijazoo around 250 AD culminating at its height in 800
AD. The largely undeveloped site was abandoned after 800 AD
Dainzu Ruin site's unusual features include a large, partially restored ball court built in the tenth century AD and a group of sculpted stones depicting ball players that are similar to Monte Alban's Danzantes.
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second class buses reach the Teo Ttitlan del Valle crossroads on Route 190. Collective cabs run from there to the village center. Direct buses from Oaxaca City also run to the village center.
Monte Alban By Bus
Reach Monte Alban by Autobuses Turisticos bus from the stop across from the Hotel Rivera Del Angel on Calle Mina (Mina Street), or by taxi. Tour groups include Monte Alban in guide tours from the city.
Yagul can be reached by the second class bus for Tlacolula. Get off at the crossroad and walk the mile-long access road
Reach Monte Alban Archaeological ruin site by bus, taxi, bike or hiking from Oaxaca City