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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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  • Sweeping vistas and a scale blew me away. How did they build this with only human power and no metal tools?!? We booked a 3 hour tour with Quinta Real. Our guide, Moses was funny and informative. The ...  more »
  • We used the bus company that sells tickets in the zocalo in front of the shop next to Subway which goes on the half hour and returns on the hour. This was easy and convenient, and brought us up to the...  more »
  • It is one of the archaeological sites that I liked, having bastos fields to navigate, multiple pyramids and different scenarios, where you have magnificent views. I recommend you to wear a hat and a very good repellent. You can also eat at the restaurant with affordable prices and a very good view
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  • Really cool and great couple to have a good day, if you're going to Oaxaca can not miss it
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  • Beautiful archeological area with beautiful views of Oaxaca
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  • Very good place to visit, on very interesting
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  • J loved this archaeological site!
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  • Beautiful archaeological site, has important history
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