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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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  • Walking through Monte Alban you can feel the richness of the Zapotec culture, there is no doubt that it was a town with much knowledge of many things, is surprising view that is from there, since it dominates the Valley of Oaxaca, a place kept for the time! Highly recommended, just be careful! walking Muchisisisisisimo, but is worthwhile, it is highly recommended that the tour be guided since it eliminates many give them prejudices that are indigenous, as it is that of human sacrifices, here there is nothing of that, those things were not practiced, they were more wise to that, was a village that left a great relic.
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  • Arranged our own tour of the major Mexican Pre-Columbian sites (Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Chichen Itza). Monte Alban is a gem - beautiful setting, outstanding complete plaza of structures. Worth a sid...  more »
  • This site is a basic in any visit to Oaxaca. Bring sunscreen, hat and water. The view from the hill towards the city is majestic.
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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.