My kids are 5 and 7 and they loved Monte Alban as did we! It's manageable and not too huge but can get hot so be prepared. There's a great cafe too.
It is amazing people lived here a thousand years ago or so. They must have had a heck of a time bringing water up from the surrounding valley. The site is extensive and well maintained. The museum at the entrance is well worth a visit. Visitors have the freedom to wander most of the area - including climbing up steep... More
Tourists have free access to most areas of the site. It is very extensive and will require lots of walking. And if you are up to it - climbing the pyramids is the highlight ... going up is easier than coming down! The free standing carved stones in the site (dancing stones) are copies, the originals are in the on-site... More
Have visited ruins all over Mexico. This has to be ranked in at least the top 3. Amazing that it is right in the city! Huge ruins, well preserved and not overrun by tourists.
An interesting site, with fantastic views over the surrounding valleys. Interesting buildings and ball court, and some fascinating carvings (original and copies) which seem to show an interest in, and understanding of, various medical conditions. Visit later in the day when it is quieter and th lighting is better!
We used Suntour to take us to Monte Alban and provide the tour guide and it was well worth it. The site is high above the city of Oaxaca and is very well preserved and curated. I did not have a chance to visit the museum on site.
These ancient ruins have withstood weathering. Compared with Mitla in the area and other ruins in other parts of Mexico, they seem a bit plain as there is very little decoration. However, they are well worth the time spent touring them. It is very helpful to have a guide to explain them and the historical background.
A visit to Monte Alban takes you back thousands of years to learn about the lives of the Zapotec people who lived in the area. How they built, caught water, grew food, worshipped and lived. The site is mostly "restored" having been "discovered" in the early 1920's and excavated. All the findings are in the Museum in town. It's hot... More
This is one of the most important sites in Mesoamerica. It is only a short drive outside Oaxaca and can be reached easily and cheaply. It has a good museum attached although the information is in Spanish only. There are guide books in English and the information panels around the site include English. We did not hire a guide but... More
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