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Monte Alban

Oaxaca, Mexico
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Ranked #3 of 58 attractions in Oaxaca
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: Monte Alban is the premier archaeological site near Oaxaca.It is a Zapotec site built and used over a thousand year period . It remained sacred even... more »
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Fairview, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

It was beautiful but there is a lot of walking and a lot of steps. But I enjoyed the experience. The lady in the gift shop was not friendly at all. They don't want you to touch anything so if you want to buy something you have to wait for an employee to get it off the rack for you.... More

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Mazatlan, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

a historical gem that the government is really trying to preserve. A good guide makes this much more interesting and intriging

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Monte Alban is just awesome. Be sure to have a guide to explain you all!! you can't miss Monte Alban!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Estas ruinas son muy bonitas y bien mantenido. Es vale la pena a pagar una guía para aprender los detalles de la ciudad. These ruins are beautiful and we'll maintained. Definitely find a guide and pay the money so you can learn about the details of the city instead of just seeing the old structures.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Having already visited Copan, Tikal and Palenque on this trip and many of the other famous Mexican ruins on a previous trip it was always going to be difficult to overly impress us but it is definitely worth the visit for those traveling to Oaxaca. The sites are well restored and the views are amazing, only slight negative was not... More

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Managua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

You will need to be in a good shape for walking around. It just an amazing place that you can enjoy if you are with a guide. There's a bulding called "The compass" This point out the direction in which Venus, Earth and Moon align every 40 years.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Go early! It is worth your time. Great views of the city, good museum and you can climb many structures.

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you travel to Oaxaca, you have to go to Monte Alban, the centre of the Zapotec civilisation. Nice site with imposing pyramids. Easy and cheap to get to by bus from the city centre. Ask your hotel for details. Worth spending a couple of hours.

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We took a visit to Moute Alban. Our taxi driver suggested we take a look at tomb 7...which a lot of people overlook. It's outside in the parking area and is where, I think, the great treasures that are in the Cultural Museum in Oaxaca were found. The Zapotecs must have been a very advance civilization. From the beautiful lost... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I caught a shuttle from the main square, as I knew they left every 2 hours. The shuttle just takes you there and brings you back. That was all I needed. I wandered around the ruins in the sun, taking it all in. It was so much larger than I expected, and very well preserved. I found that I didn't... More

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