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Monte Alban

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Address: Oaxaca, Mexico
Phone Number: 951 516 1215
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Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: The ruins of this ancient Zapotec capital make up one of the most...
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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Great ruins definitely worth seeing if you're nearby

Expansive, beautiful layout of the first evidence of civilized society in the Americas. Affordable tickets, bathrooms, many areas to walk around, see views, take a nap and relax... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Expansive, beautiful layout of the first evidence of civilized society in the Americas. Affordable tickets, bathrooms, many areas to walk around, see views, take a nap and relax. Good, unobtrusive signage to explain the facts. Definitely worth going.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We visited 26 th feb 2015. We saw an office in the Zocalo offering return seats on a colectivo for 60 pesos each, so took up the offer. We arrived about 9.45 on a nice cloudy morning, which kept it cool to begin with. Gradually the sun burnt the cloud off and it got very hot by 12. 30 up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Hire a qualified guide. We did not know our guide didn't know anything about the site until it was too late. Fortunately I have been to other Mexican ruins and know enough about history to know when he was making it up. The museum was wonderful but all the guides sheets and labels are in Spanish. It did not detract... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Monte Alban is one of the major archeological sites in this region of Mexico. It differs from some of those that are better known, in that it was built by the Zapotecs. It consists of numerous structures covering a wide area (lots of walking) at an elevation of more than 6,000 feet. Plan to spend several hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Great archeological site. Just 15 minutes from downtown Oaxaca. Take a hat or purchase one in the parking lot before you enter. (Dirt cheap). Get a guide ($25 DLLs) to take you around and explain the area. When done, go to the small museum and restaurant for a cold beer. Well worth your time.

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Monte Alban is a well developed archeological site. Easy to get around. Tie it in with a trip to the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca. Actually, two days, as you will spend more time in the Museo in town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Monte Albán one of those places that demonstrate how complex, amazing, and rare certain sites are in the culture of mankind. It is huge, complex and thousands of years old. Even without a guide, you are overwhelmed with it all, the Main Plaza, the temples, the ball court. But a guide is affordable and even if you aren't the best... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This place is worth the hype it receives! It's not far from the center of Oaxaca, only a 20-30 minute drive up the mountain. The area atop the mountain is vast, and it can take hours to walk around and see it all. Amongst the ruins are beautiful trees, cacti, and other plants that add to the amazing views of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Rarely do we get the chance to be in an inhabited place that is so at peace with it's surrounding landscape. Impeccably planned and serene….

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

An amazing experience not to be missed and so close to Oaxaca City. Take a hat and sunscreen plus water. We had a guided tour and I would recommend that you do the same as he was full of information and insights into the city and the Zapoteks.

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