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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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  • very well preserved the ruins, I recommend taking enough water, because it's too hot and the walk is long because the ruins are on top of a mountain.
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  • Really amazing place to visit in an incredible setting! Interesting museum as well! I didn't go to Monte Alban with an organised tour but just a collectivo taxi as I wanted to spend more than hour on ...  more »
  • While to a big and impressive as many of the other ruins throughout Mexico and central America, the Monte Alban ruins provide a good opportunity to see and learn about the local cultures and inhabitan...  more »
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  • The expanse of this place is incredible. It truly shows how ingenious the ancient locals were in utilizing space and materials to create a city. You won't be disappointed if you visit Monte Albán!
  • Beautiful place, well kept ruins, amazing views, cafeteria with an awesome view. 65$ pesos to get in. It is worth it!!
  • The ruins are an hour way from oaxaca by collectivo. It's pretty compact area compared to say teotihuachan or chichen itza. You can see everything in 2 hours. They are not the most impressive mayan ruins compared to others but worth half a day out if you are in Oaxaca and like seeing this kind of thing.
  • Monte Alban is the ruins of the civilization once known as Zapotecas.The area is beautiful very large so you need lots of time to see all the structures you can bring lunch and make it a whole day trip.There is museum where they exhibit all the items found while excavating!Very cool!
  • If you're into ancient ruins, Chicken Itza, Machu Picchu style this is another one to add to the list. Whilst not as spectacular as the aforementioned two, it's still special an has the advantage of actually being near an awesome city, Oaxaca, Mexico. Free in Sunday (I think) and not costly or difficult to get to by local taxi.