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Monte Alban, Oaxaca

Categories: Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Museums, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Monte Alban is an easy day trip less than half an hour from central Oaxaca. The ruins (circa 500 BC) are amazing and in great condition. The mountain top location is perfect for pictures and for viewi...  read more »
  • Place bound to visit if you're going to Oaxaca! If you are a lover of the archeological sites, please do not hesitate to visit it! It is nice without a doubt! In addition to that has amazing buildings
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  • This archaeological site is relatively large and has a series of monumental works which realize the importance that had this Zapotec Foundation at the time. To be in a high position, can be seen the Valley that surrounds it and the city of Oaxaca, in the distance. Thus, both the old Zapotec city and the landscapes of the environment added historical interest of the visit to the enjoyment of the surrounding views. The place has parking and a fee must be paid by the ticket. Children under 12 years, teachers, students and the elderly aged 60 are exempt of payment. Monte Alban has a small and very nice site Museum at the entrance, which has toilets, shop and a café with a relatively wide letter: offers from coffee and snacks to a meal in the form; It has a terrace from which shows the city of Oaxaca. Architecturally speaking, except the relative monumentality of the buildings that can be seen is an atmosphere in which it is not little know that the mountain was leveled over 300 years to be able to build this area at the top of her. If the day is sunny, it is recommended to bring a hat and sunscreen. If it is cloudy, it is not for others charged with an umbrella. Monte Alban is located to less than half hour from Oaxaca. Impossible stop visiting the site.
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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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Truly a stunning place that in some ways is more powerful than other more famous locales in Mexico.
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