Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, Oaxaca

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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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  • Based on what I have read about the site and that culture, they had dwellings made out of wood and vegetation on mounds. Reconstruction appears to be more like Teotihuacan or Chichen Itza. Museum is.....  more
    Based on what I have read about the site and that culture, they had dwellings made out of wood and vegetation on mounds. Reconstruction appears to be more like Teotihuacan or Chichen Itza. Museum is.....  more »
  • Monte Alban is a must see in Oaxaca. We took the colectivo from the town center at the corner Mina/Díaz Ordaz. It cost 90 pesos including return and its a short ride. I advise you to take the first... 
    Monte Alban is a must see in Oaxaca. We took the colectivo from the town center at the corner Mina/Díaz Ordaz. It cost 90 pesos including return and its a short ride. I advise you to take the first...  more »
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  • We were at this archaeological site in low season - so we didn't have the problem of some reviewers that only 400 people were admitted per day. Entrance costs 85 pesos. The site is well maintained and there are signs for almost every structure. Some of the structures can be climbed. The sheer size and age of the buildings are very impressive. I have visited several archaeological sites in Mexico - this is one of the well-maintained ones with some very good paths. There are two car parks - at our time in the low season they were free of charge.
  • A must see place to learn about humanity and the development of civilization. We are such a small blip on the scale of time and you can really feel that in this place. We took the bus in from Oaxaca first thing in the morning. That's the way to go. Cheap, easy, and the buses don't have to wait in line to get in. We hired a private guide to show us around for 600 pesos and it was so worth it. Christina was great and provided so much insight that we would have missed without a guide. Such a powerful place! We hope to visit again once the museum is open. Even though we all are tired of COVID, an upside was being here without the massive crowds they seem to usually have. Add to that, a great lunch at the cafeteria with great service!

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