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Monte Alban

Oaxaca, Mexico
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Ranked #3 of 58 Attractions in Oaxaca
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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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Cuernavaca
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you are in the city of Oaxaca this is a visit not to be missed. This hilltop site was strategically located by the Zapotecs to dominate the three valleys around it (Etla, Zaachila and Oaxaca). It was a religious, political and military settlement. There are palaces, temples, ballcourts, underground passageways (not available to enter anymore), the 'danzantes' building, the... More

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

It is worthwhile to climb to the top of this hill...The ruins are vast and impressive at a beautiful sorounding. Magnificent views of the whole area. Food at the coffeeshop is very good

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you love seeing the pyraminds, then this is another one for you. Different to teotilacan pyramids and the mayans, once again these stunning ancient pyramids have a different set up and are calm and peacefull. The views over Oaxaca are also worth the trip.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

A good day trip from Oaxaca, definitely worth doing if you aren't going to some of the ruins further south (i.e. Palenque), and even if you are. Very welled laid out and interesting site - the first planned city in the Americas and a mystery site re. why it was abandoned. If you don't speak Spanish, bring a guide book... More

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Our guide, Daniel, (booked through a tour from Hotel Azucena), led us on wonderful tour of these vast and amazing ruins. They give you insight into the Zapotec civilization that existed here until 800 AD. An experience not to be missed.

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Chapala
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We booked the tour thru the Holiday Inn Express. Jorge was very knowledgeable & spoke English well. Pick-up at Hotel was always on time.

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Puebla
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Definite day trip in the area, close to town and a nice walk. The skies in Oaxaca offer wonderful vistas and photo ops

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India
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57 reviews 57 reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

If you are a fan of the Mayan/Aztecs history this place will blow your mind. Beautifully preserved and maintained Monte Alban is a must see if you are even passing by Oaxaca. Visually stunning and awe inspiring Monte Alban has the magical power of transporting you back thousands of years to see firsthand how these civilisations lived.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Love ruins. As I write this I have done four of the top five. Monte Alban for me was great as its on the top of a hill, so gives panoramic views all around the valleys below and the mountain ranges to the edges. It has a number of well preserved/repaired terraces and building foundations. We took a tour and... More

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Sondrio, Italy
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

A big and fascinating archaeological site situated on the top of the mountain(. It's one of the most important Zapoteca site and if you go I recommended to take a guide to learn something more,an example is that it is just a part of a bigger complex of structures built on the area around this, but the rest remains undiscovered.... More

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