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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Valles Centrales

Monte Albán Ruins

The former capital of the Zapotec people is today an illustrious ruin, but for over a thousand years it served as the second largest ceremonial site in Mesoamerica, after Teotihuacán. Sitting atop a flattened hill, …
Top Choice Pool in Hierve El Agua

Mineral Springs

Natural hot tubs have never looked this good. Set in truly ethereal surroundings amid low brush-covered mountains, Hierve El Agua (meaning ‘the water boils) is a set of bubbling mineral springs that run into natural…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in San Martín Tilcajete

Jacobo & María Ángeles

Jacobo and María Ángeles have been making particularly wonderful alebrijes (colorful animal figures fashioned out of soft copal wood) for over two decades and now run a workshop providing employment for 100 villager…
Archaeological Site in San Pablo Villa de Mitla

Ancient Mitla

Second only to Monte Albán in their importance, though not as old, the ruins of ancient Mitla date from the final two or three centuries before the Spanish conquest in the 1520s, and comprise what was probably the m…
Handicrafts in San Bartolo Coyotepec

Alfarería Doña Rosa

All the polished, black, surprisingly light pottery, called barro negro, that you find around Oaxaca in hundreds of shapes and forms – candlesticks, jugs and vases, and decorative animal and bird figures – comes fro…
Archaeological Site in Santa María Atzompa

Atzompa Ruins

If you like your pre-Hispanic Mexican ruins suitably ‘ruined’ and crowd-free without compromising on authenticity or spectacular setting, opt for Atzompa. The site gets a tiny fraction of Monte Albán’s visitors (it'…
Arts Center in San Agustín Etla

Centro de las Artes de San Agustín

Pretty San Agustín's large, early-20th-century textile mill has been superbly restored as the Centro de las Artes de San Agustín (CaSa), a spectacular arts center with two long, large halls. The lower hall is used a…
Landmark in El Tule

El Árbol del Tule

Visitors flock to the village of El Tule to behold El Árbol del Tule, which is, by some counts, the fattest tree in the world. California's General Sherman sequoia is ahead in total volume, but at 14m in diameter, E…
Handicrafts in Ocotlán de Morelos

Guillermina Aguilar

Ocotlán's most renowned artisans are the four Aguilar sisters and their families, who create whimsical, colorful pottery figures of women with all sorts of unusual motifs. Their houses are together on the west side …
Notable Building in Monte Albán

Edificio de los Danzantes

This structure combines an early (Monte Albán I) building, which contained famous carvings known as Danzantes (Dancers), with a later structure that was built over it. There are a few original Danzantes in a short p…