Mitla & Hierve el Agua

Trip information!

This excursion is on Sunday, March 31.

The ruins at Mitla consist of 5 “ruin clusters”. Archaeologists speculate that some of the ruins were used for ceremonial and religious purposes, while others served as palaces for the elite. Unique to Mitla are the greca decorations found on ruin walls.

Hierve el Agua is renowned for its natural springs and surrounding mountain beauty. Although the springs perpetually appear on the point of eruption, the natural temperature of the water fluctuates between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius (72 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit) allowing visitors to comfortably enjoy a refreshing dip in the springs. Furthermore, Hierve el Agua was a sacred spot for the ancient Zapotecs, thus archaeological investigations have discovered important information concerning the lives of the original inhabitants of the region. Archaeologists have recently discovered an irrigation system more than 2,500 years old. At Hierve el Agua, visitors may enjoy the option of swimming in one of its fabulous springs, or in a recently constructed pool.

Hierva el Agua

Monte Alban and Arrazola

Trip information!

This trip takes place on Tuesday, March 26.

Monte Alban served as the ancient capital of the Zapotecs between 500 B.C. and 800 A.D. At its height the city was inhabited by more than 40,000 residents. Today, visitors can explore the site. Points of interest on the Grand Plaza include: temples and palaces; bas-reliefs of human figures known as the danzantes; a ball court; an observatory; and tombs that once held gold, silver, jade, alabaster and turquoise treasures (now housed at the Centro Cultural de Santo Domingo in Oaxaca City).

Arrazola, known for its alebrijes, or colorful hand-carved and painted animals that are seen in markets and tourist shops in and around Oaxaca. Students have the opportunity to visit local homes where the wooden creatures are produced.

The west side platform at the Monte Alban pyramid complex. By Nsaum75 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Oaxaca 2019 – Day Trips are now open for registration and payment

If you arrive in Oaxaca early or stay late, we have some excursion opportunities for your consideration.

Check out the following day trip options:

Click here for further information about Fundación En Vía.

Registration for these excursions will close on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Joseluisjuarezperez [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

Registration for Oaxaca 2019 is now open!

¡Oye! Conference registration is now open for Oaxaca 2019.

Complete the conference registration form.

Pay your conference registration fees here.

Rates until January 15, 2019

  • Professional membership and early bird conference: $130 and includes
    • faculty, independent scholars, and university staff based in the U.S.
  • Discounted membership and early bird conference: $100 and includes
    • students
    • post-docs
    • contingent faculty
    • scholars based outside of the U.S.
    • emeritus faculty

Accommodation in Oaxaca – SECOLAS – 2019 annual meeting

Here is information on accommodation in Oaxaca:

Holiday Inn – this is the conference hotel

  • We have a block of rooms for the nights of 27, 28, 29, 30 March 2019.
  • Choices are between two queen beds and one king bed
  • Price is 1,660.05 MXN (~$81.50 USD) per night
  • Click here for reservations
  • Event code: SEC
  • Be advised that if you choose to stay in the Holiday Inn outside the dates listed above, there is an increase in the nightly rate.

For our colleagues who are interested staying longer or dates outside those listed above, SECOLAS has been informed of the following hotels. We are also working to secure group rates, and will provide that information if we are able to do so.

Oaxaca 2019 – Deadline extended to November 1!

At the requests and interests of several colleagues, we have extended the deadline to submit an individual paper or panel abstract for our 2019 in Oaxaca to November 1, 2018.
To submit your proposal, click here.


¡Oaxaca 2019! Call for Papers

Come one! Come all!


Join SECOLAS in Oaxaca, México in late March 2019 for our 66th annual meeting.


Submit your abstract here.


Historias will be back, but we are enjoying some summer holiday

Never you fear. The Historias team is taking a short, but well earned, summer holiday and is planning a full schedule of quality programming in the fall!

Stay tuned!

Member Alison Bruey publishes a new book

Congratulations to SECOLAS member Alison J. Bruey on the upcoming publication of her new book Bread, Justice, and Liberty: Grassroots Activism and Human Rights in Pinochet’s Chile!

It is now available for pre-order from the University of Wisconsin Press at a discounted price of $30.

Discounts for course adoption are also available through the press.

Find it here and enter the discount code at checkout: AA101

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