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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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  • It is to go from oaxaca in buss, cheap and you'll have all the time to take it to your liking and not on tour or tour q're going more limited, is a large area so you should go with tennis, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and if possible an umbrella! This super nice aunq at most of the stations is dry... is a magical place and gives a very good photo...
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  • You can look up all the historical information online about why you should visit Monte Albán; I'll just say what I enjoyed. The admission is very affordable at 70 pesos, and the museum next to the tic...  more »
  • Go here with a guide if possible. There is a lot to see here and it is so interesting. If it’s sunny take a hat!  more »
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  • Easy to get to. Very well maintained and completely stunning. We enjoyed it much more than we expected. We did not hire a guide and enjoyed the freedom to wander with our two year old. Signs are interesting and in english (though signs inside the museum are not translated sadly). Very sunny but not too hot in January. Expect a lot of climbing, which is a challenge considering the elevation. Shuttles to the ruins are about 70 pesos per person from Oaxaca and run every half hour.
  • Awesome and magic place, if you're visiting Oaxaca Monte Alban is a must! 20 minutes driving from downtown, just be careful if you're using a navigation system to get there, because there is the easy way and there is the hard one. The easy one can get you there through an asfalt road wide enough to fit two cars in both directions, one up hill and one down hill, the hard way can head you on a sinuous and narrow road parts rough with just one track for back and forth. Whatever the way you choose, and with the grace of god or the luck goddess, you will find at the top the magnificent of the ancient city built by Zapotec people 800 years B.C.
  • Worth a visit even if you have seen other sites. The views of Oaxaca are great, the site is visually interesting on a large scale even if there are not many details left on the buildings. English and Spanish information plaques are well located throughout the site. The small museum has some nice pieces from the site though no English explanations.
  • If you’re into ruins and a bit of walking, great place to visit while you’re in Oaxaca. You can just take a taxi here by yourself (20min) and skip the tour bus. Go early in the morning. Overall pretty impressive preserved ruins, lots of great photos to take as well. Great views from the top. Must do while in Oaxaca
  • Fantastic! A serene place. You could bring a book and chill out here for the day just like you were sitting in your local park. The ruins are high up on a mountain and surrounded by mountains. If you go during the week it sometimes feels like you have the whole place to yourself as it's not very crowded usually.

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