Dainzú Archaeological Site – Oaxaca


Dainzú Archaeological Site Oaxaca Mexico

Dainzú – Near Oaxaca


Dainzú (‘Cactus Hill’ in Zapotec) ruins are located twenty minutes outside Oaxaca City on the way to Tlacolula. Dainzú is an interesting little archaeological site whose pre-hispanic village extends to where Macuilxochitl now stands on the other side of the motorway. It is estimated that Dainzú was inhabited between around 750 BC and 1000 AD. The Dainzú archaeological site consists of three buildings which have thus far been excavated. When Dainzú was first excavated in 1965 a low relief gallery that depicts a violent scene with pre-hispanic ball players was found. There seems to be some difference of opinion as to what Dainzú was used for so we encourage reading around if you want to learn more about this lovely set of ruins.

We recommend getting a guide when you visit Dainzú as you get a much more animated, understandable idea of what is what than reading about it and trying to figure it out for yourself. Should you want to do some background reading however, follow this link to read further information about the Dainzú ruins.

To get to Dainzú drive towards Tlacolula for about twenty minutes and it’s on the right hand side, it is visible from the road and signposted. If you don’t have a car, get a bus or colectivo that goes to Tlacolula and get off/out at Dainzú.

If you need more help in getting to Dainzú via public transport then please check the forum or Facebook, we would like to keep the comments section below reserved for visitors reviews of the attraction where possible.

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