This part-Mixtec, part-Zapotec town 6km southeast of Cuilapan is an authentic place with a big, busy Thursday market known for its food stalls – expect a noisy melange of squawking chickens, buzzing three-wheeler taxis and gossiping locals. It was a Zapotec capital from AD 1400 until the Spanish conquest. Behind the village church overlooking the main plaza, a sign indicates the entrance to Zaachila’s Zona Arqueológica, a relatively unexplored site where tourism has yet to disturb the tranquility.
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