Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, Oaxaca

Must see · World heritage site · History Museum · Ruin
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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  • Interesting pre-Columbian site, dating back to its origins about 500 BC. This culture predated the Mayas. The Zapotecs may have had a written language, and may have had human sacrifices. The...  more »
  • We love ruins and Monte Alban is interesting. Created by the Zapotecs pre Aztecan culture. The museum is currently shut due to Covid.  more »
  • It was a very hot day, wear a hat and I also had an umbrella for the sun. Very cool views and fun echo. Try clapping.  more »
  • I mean, it's beautiful, sure. It's sooo hot too. Come prepared. It's only 80 pesos or so to go in. Need 2 hours max. Can get a tour if you're into history and such.
  • Useful to have a guide (similar to other historical sites). One of the earliest ruins (way before Teotithuacan) so interesting to understand architectural similarities and differences. Still limited people but museum is closed.
  • We caught a taxi from the historic center for 120 pesos, arriving at 10:30am already a line at the entrance. So our driver dropped us off and we walked up to the ticket office. The site closed at 4 pm daily, but the security will start to close about 3pm.
  • Fantastic, almost intimating site. We took a paid tour with a fantastic guide which made the trip more memorable.
  • Due the Corona epedemic the plateau with main attractions is closed to the public. People are still there, taking care that you do not enter. You can park your car more down the hill at the closed road gate and walk up about 20 minutes to enjoy the view before the plateau and there are still two graves and one palace ruin to be seen.

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