Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, Oaxaca

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Looming 400 m (1,300 ft) above the Oaxaca Valley, Zona Arqueologica de 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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  • We visited Monte Alban during our visit to Oaxaca. We followed the advice of the manager of our hotel who recommended taking a taxi up to this site and touring it on our own right when it opened... 
    We visited Monte Alban during our visit to Oaxaca. We followed the advice of the manager of our hotel who recommended taking a taxi up to this site and touring it on our own right when it opened...  more »
  • Pretty incredible ruins close by the center of the city. We ended up spending around 2 hours there. The cab ride from centro was about 30 mins. Definitely a must if you are in Oaxaca 
    Pretty incredible ruins close by the center of the city. We ended up spending around 2 hours there. The cab ride from centro was about 30 mins. Definitely a must if you are in Oaxaca  more »
  • What a fantastic experience!! I would definitely recommend that you visit Monte Alban if you can. We visited in August 2022 and had read reviews about limited numbers. We opted to book a guided tour....  more
    What a fantastic experience!! I would definitely recommend that you visit Monte Alban if you can. We visited in August 2022 and had read reviews about limited numbers. We opted to book a guided tour....  more »
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  • We were at this archaeological site in low season - so we didn't have the problem of some reviewers that only 400 people were admitted per day. Entrance costs 85 pesos. The site is well maintained and there are signs for almost every structure. Some of the structures can be climbed. The sheer size and age of the buildings are very impressive. I have visited several archaeological sites in Mexico - this is one of the well-maintained ones with some very good paths. There are two car parks - at our time in the low season they were free of charge.
  • A must see place to learn about humanity and the development of civilization. We are such a small blip on the scale of time and you can really feel that in this place. We took the bus in from Oaxaca first thing in the morning. That's the way to go. Cheap, easy, and the buses don't have to wait in line to get in. We hired a private guide to show us around for 600 pesos and it was so worth it. Christina was great and provided so much insight that we would have missed without a guide. Such a powerful place! We hope to visit again once the museum is open. Even though we all are tired of COVID, an upside was being here without the massive crowds they seem to usually have. Add to that, a great lunch at the cafeteria with great service!
  • The site is great! You do not need to pay $60-100 to come here. Save your money. Get a taxi and get there for around $15 or less. The entrance is about $5. There are a ton of tour guides that are waiting outside itching to give tours. They charge around $30 for 2-3 hrs for a family of 5. That was too much for me, so I negotiated with him and gave him $20 for 1.5hrs. The total trip for a family of 5 was $60 total. There is a gift shop and a museum (museum was closed when we went due to covid). 4stars only cause the sellers and tour guides are very persistent at the entrance and ruin the experience a bit. But once you're inside the location they aren't allowed to disturb you.
  • Zapoteco era ruins ☺️⭐️This is the location the 20 pesos bill is pictured after. Bring comfy shoes and water and small snacks. You can buy a hat w the local vendor for as cheap. The entrance is cheap to an American. I loved how intact the ruins were. Bathrooms at the entrance museum. It closes early so be there by 12pm
  • Went there Jan 25, 2022. Opens at 10 am and has to wait on road for a while before 10. Queue for ticket 85 pesos per person. Has toilet near the entrance . Also museum which is currently closed and cafeteria,gift shop inside the building. Then go up to see all the tombs and structures. Wear hat , sunscreen , comfortable shoes . Has to I go up and down steps. Bring water..takes about 2-3 hours in total . There are guides as well.

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