From Oaxaca: Zaachila and Cuilapan Half-Day Tour

From Oaxaca: Zaachila and Cuilapan Half-Day Tour

From US$ 55 per person

Enjoy time spent visiting and exploring Villa de Zaachila and Cuilapan de Guerrero, modern towns which were lively centers of life centuries ago. See the archeological ruins of their former buildings, tombs, and churches on a full-day tour from Oaxaca.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Small group
Limited to 10 participants
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 6 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup from most hotels located in downtown Oaxaca, in the tourist area.


  • Explore the cities and towns in the Central Valley of Oaxaca
  • Stroll through the popular open-air market held every Thursday in Zaachila
  • Admire the pre-Hispanic tombs in the Zaachila pyramid
  • View the open-air chapel in Cuilapan
  • Walk through the quiet and colorful streets of the former bustling town of Cuilapan
  • Learn about the history and culture Villa de Zaachila and Cuilapan de Guerrero
Full description
Visit the archeological site of Zaachila and town of Cuilapan on a full-day tour from Oaxaca. Learn about the origin of these 2 locations and the buildings that still stand there today. Zaachila archaeological zone is located in the town of Zaachila. It was founded by the Zapotec, and existed as the last Zapotec capital in the 14th and 15th centuries. Located in the center is a pyramid with 2 pre-Hispanic tombs; one is richly decorated and the treasures found in the other are on exhibit in the National Anthropological and Historical Museum in Mexico City. Much of the site, however, has modern-day structures on top of it, preventing further excavation. Meanwhile, the present-day town is known as Villa de Zaachila, and is famous for its open-air market every Thursday. After visiting the indigenous present and past, continue to Cuilapan de Guerrero to see the colonial past. This town is best known for its open-air chapel. The 16th century Dominican monastery located here could have been the largest complex of its kind in the New World if it had ever been finished. Enjoy walking through the colorful but quiet streets to get a taste of what Cuilapan is like today.
  • Round-trip transfers from Oaxaca City tourist area
  • Meals
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please contact a Mexitours representative to confirm your hotel pick-up time at least 24 hours in advance using the phone number listed on your voucher or send an e-mail including your hotel name and any special requests.
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Product ID: 8195