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Monte Alban, Oaxaca

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Looming 400 m (1,300 ft) above the Oaxaca Valley, Monte Alban is the most majestic of the state’s ancient ruins. Translated as the “White Mountain,” the vast pre-Colombian archaeological site shows evidence of a network of dams, canals, pyramids and artificial moulds carved out of the mountain by the Zapotec people from as early as 500 BC. Inhabited over a period of 1,500 years, many of the ancient remnants are considered symbols of a sacred topography, and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Tread ancient paths past altars, pyramids and 170 known tombs, then wind your way to the great plaza for spectacular 360 degree views of the valleys below. You can plan Oaxaca trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • My friends and I hired a service of tours are called DAINZUU, they are for you to the hotel or house where you are staying and make you a full day of tours and perfect explanations to learn more of the Zapotec culture. Monte Albán is a place to which you must go visit the Museum sees the ruins, and don't forget sunscreen a hat to cover your Sun. If you are going without a guide you will not understand much, since there are few signs with explanation, giving the route and imagining you last before believe me you will have an incredible time. It carries tennis and comfortable clothes because you raise the ruins and everything is made of stone. If you go on Sunday, only to MEXICANS allow us to enter free of charge. enjoy Oaxaca is always a good place to learn.
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  • It really is a wonderful, huge and impressive vestiges archaeological. A location very near to the city of Oaxaca and that it is worth to be visited with enough time to appreciate and fully explore the place. You must climb to the height of each pyramid (in which allow clear) the view from above is worthy of a postcard. I recommend look as comfortable as possible as the walk is long but it is worth every step taken in the place. If you're in Oaxaca an obligatory visit.
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  • We enjoyed our visit to Monte Alban very much. We used a guide book and the signage was excellent. I’m sure a tour guide would have added more information but it was nice to explore at our own pace. T...  more »

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