Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, Oaxaca

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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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  • My favorite archeological site in Mexico thus far. It is huge! Separate at least 2 hours to watch it all at your own pace. When we visited they only allowed 500 people per day, so get there early to.....  more »
  • We would be surprised if you came to Oaxaca and somehow didn’t do this. It’s as amazing as you might expect and the views are just incredible. So just take this as one more review to tell you that...  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.

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