San Pablo Villa de Mitla is a town located in the Central Valleys region, 46 km (29 mi) from the capital of Oaxaca, and belongs to the District of Tlacolula.
The name Mitla means place of the dead and this site was inhabited by Zapotec and Mixtec people in different eras, for which the archaeological vestiges the same as the pre-Hispanic structures, is one of the most important attractions of this area.
Surrounded by vast green carpeted hills in the rainy season, most outstanding of the archaeological site of Mitla, are the structures and the type of ornamentation that was used to decorate their temples. Made of mosaics, there is an apparent lack of human motifs that are very commonly found in the ornamentation of other cultures. Also highlighted is the mix of the Zapotec and Mixtec cultures. This site was discovered by archaeologist Leopoldo Batres during his explorations performed in 1901 and 1902.
You can also visit the Frisell museum that contains several showrooms displaying pre-Hispanic pieces which give an overview of the evolution of Zapotec and Mixtec art.
Open every day from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.