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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. You can plan Oaxaca trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • A must visit for anyone interested in the history of Mexico and Mesoamerica. I recommend a tour guide to provide the details that you might otherwise miss if exploring on your own.  more »
  • Unfortunately the place managers what they prove is just the interest of the money, this place is full of bad restorations has more block and cement than antique. Very small and poorly maintained.
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  • Eating stones was fun
  • A must visit when you visit Oaxaca. Probably 30-45mins drive from Oaxaca centro. There are some steps to climb as you visit the site so do wear proper walking shoes or sneaker but it is definitely suitable for people of all ages to visit. The energy at monte Alban is really good as you are able to see how an ancient civilization was. Also, as the site is high up, it overlooks Oaxaca city and is definitely great for photograph. Spend some time sitting under a tree or at the high ground to soak in the positive vibes
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