Oaxaca: Places to Explore


Mitla and the Textile Villages

It gets far fewer visitors, but Mitla is, in many ways, as impressive as Monte Albán. Here you'll find splendid stonework that is referred to as greca because it resembles that of the ancient Greeks. You'll also see walls painted a striking shade of red, a reminder that when inhabited, these cities were not just the bare stone associated with the ruins. Other worthy archaeological sites along Carretera 190, the newly resurfaced highway to Mitla, are Lambityeco and Yagul.

Carretera 190 is also the road to the great textile town of Teotitlán del Valle, where house after house is set up as a workshop where both men and women work on back-strap looms. Prices can be high, but the workmanship justifies it. Nearby Santa Ana del Valle has weavings at lower prices.

Buses bound for villages east of the city depart from the second-class terminal in Oaxaca City, across the street from the Central de Abastos.

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