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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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Oaxaca holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Monte Alban and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I took a shuttle bus from the city centre rather than packaging this into an excursion. It is really close to the town centre and you can walk around everything in about two hours. There is a small ca...  more »
  • My ancestors created some pretty sturdy civilizations that still stand today, so rain or shine, I was coming to see this place. You can get here by either a regular city bus, a taxi, or a tourist van....  more »
  • I am a fan of the Mayan route but this place is one of the best that I have been to. These ruins are one of the largest and most impressive that I have seen. We were able to get a guide that knew so m...  more »
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  • Nice complex of ruins that are mostly in good shape. Inexpensive to get in and guides are available for hire ranging from 300 to 400 pesos. Free parking. Go early and avoid the tour buses crowds. Plan on visiting for a couple of hours.
  • Beautifully preserved and restored ruins close to Oaxaca City. A must-see. I highly recommend hiring a professional guide to explain everything. They stand near the entrance.
  • Great archeological park also to be reached by public transport; take at least half a day to visit; very hot and dry place, bring lots of water
  • Very cool site, I recommend getting one of the guides standing around the entrance if you don't know what your looking at. Ours was friendly and told us all about the different parts of the site.
  • Beautiful historical site. Up there, you get sweeping views of the surrounding valley and get an idea of the mind blowing nature the natives lived in.