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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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  • Very nice place to visit, full of history and mysteries. With a panoramic view of the Valley of Oaxaca. Simply beautiful!
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  • A must for anyone in Oaxaca. Ask for taxi transport. The tours offered in the historic centre and the hotels just to enjoy 2:00 leave this wonder.
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  • I had been to Monte Alban years ago. It was even more amazing than I had remembered. If you only have the chance to visit one ruin while in the Oaxaca area, make sure to see this one. The restoration ...  more »
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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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  • Beautiful archaeological site, has important history
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