The Aztec warriors who opposed the conquistadors as they invaded central Mexico wore armor incorporating cotton padding. Of course, this padding may have been effective against the primitive weapons of other Indian nations, but it yielded all too often to the blows of metal sabers and cannonshot inflicted by the Spanish. Today very pretty embroidered cotton blouses such as those above are available.
When in Monte Alban, go exploring off the path. The great thing about visiting Mexican archeological sites is that almost anything goes! I mean, they do have ropes for places where they don't want you to go, but for the most part, you can wander anywhere you want to and not worry about it and get some great pictures!
When we arrived at Monte Alban, we started by walking around the site in order to arrive behind the Northern platform, like this we did see a part of the typical vegetation of this area.
We did also see some colourful birds; unfortunately it was not possible to make pictures as our group was too big and too noisy.
Our guide Rolando could not only tell us interesting information on this site, but was also a real nature lover.
Like this, he pointed us some beautiful flowers which were growing in between the ruins of this site.
Thanks to Rolando, our Zapotec guide, we did see a lot of plants; also on certain herbs he explained how these herbs were used by the locals to heal some diseases