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Monte Alban

Oaxaca, Mexico
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Ranked #3 of 49 Attractions in Oaxaca
Type: Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The ruins of this ancient Zapotec capital make up one of the most...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The ruins of this ancient Zapotec capital make up one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Latin America.
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Navi Mumbai, India
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94 reviews 94 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

a site of an old city the place is well maintained and restored to a great extent. carry a map or take a guide to explain different pyramids/temples etc. be prepared to walk, climb up and down, and walk around so sturdy shoes are a must. go early to avoid crowds. carry a hat too.since it is a mix of... More 

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Montrose, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I love ruins. This one is beautiful and easy to get around in. I took a local hotel tourist van to get there; it was really easy.

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australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The site is framed by the rugged Sierra Madre Mountains. Interesting if you love ruins. I did not think they were overly impressive. Not much left to see and not that well preserved. The countryside was nice.

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Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

For regular tourists, it is a wonderful sight to see. For lovers of archeology and ancient history, it is simply amazing. The site, the views, the actual pyramids and other buildings in good condition or restored. Be sure to go with a guide to understand all that happened there and what is the meaning of all the buildings.

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Oaxaca, Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Monte Alban was amazing and so exciting to see. I was not too keen on seeing it at first, but at the urging of my partner we went and it was AMAZING. Definitely the best ruin I've seen (that may also be because we went in the early AM and we were some of the only people there at the... More 

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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This was my 2nd trip to Monte Alban, my husband's 3rd. We are still surprised when we think we have covered a lot of ground, only to reach another rise, and yet more ruins. This place goes on forever, is so beautiful, and I love to envision the site in it's prime, with thousands of the residents going on about... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Well worth the time and taxi to see the ruins. Very good on site museum. While Mexico has plenty of Mayan ruins, this one is well worth the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

...than when we first visited 32 years ago. Many more excavations and tombs discovered as well as extensive restoration work which makes it more accessible. Well set out with an excellent on site museum. This is a must for visitors to Oaxaca which should be followed up by a trip to the museum in Mexico to see the reconstruction of... More 

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I found it best to hire a guide at the site. You can take a taxi fro the hotel and have them meet you later. The reason for the guide at the part is to have it more personal and relaxed. Most of these "on location" guides will try harder and will lie if they do not know the answer.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I was visiting Mexico for three weeks on a tour with a friend from Mexico City to Cancún and the very best pyramids I saw were the ones on the Monte Albán, my favorite even before Chichén Itzá and Tulum (even so they are all special in their own way). We took a taxi to and from the pyramids to... More 

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