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Tehuantepec , Mexico
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This panoramic old hillside Zapotec stronghold was where King Cosijoeza fought off the Aztecs in 1496. It's 7km north of Hwy 190, from a turnoff just past Puente Las Tejas bridge 11km west of Tehuantepec. The last 2km to the ruins are a sweaty uphill walk through tropical woodland from the end of the unpaved approach road.

The unrestored site includes the remains of two pyramids, a ball court, a 64-room palace-type complex, several tombs, a thick defensive wall and several caves. There may or may not be any staff in attendance: ask at Tehuantepec's tourist office before going.