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Yagul, Lambityeco and the Best Oaxaca Ruins Ranked

Journey into the fascinating past of the Zapotec people, who lived in Oaxaca most notably from around 250-950 AD. All around the modern city you can find examples of these people, from the painted or carved symbols of the Zapotecs on the commonly found alebrije souvenirs, to the massive ruins and structures left behind from their settlements. Several of these archaeological sites, known in Mexico as zonas archaeologicas, are worth visiting while you are in Oaxaca.


Below I detail the four that I visited (out of 7 listed), ranking in order of most interesting to 'worth a quick look', as well as the others that I haven't had a chance to see yet. I've also included tour information for those without a vehicle who would like to pair a day of siteseeing with perhaps mezcal tasting, gastronomy and market tours, and more.


Zapotec symbols carved into stone

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In this article you will find:


The Best Zonas Archaeologicas in Oaxaca, Ranked


My Favorite Oaxaca Ruins Site