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Monte Alban

Oaxaca, Mexico
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Ranked #3 of 55 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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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

It's incredible how this area with all of its temples could be built without the help of cranes etc. The little brother of Teotihuacan.

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Boerne, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

These are the most beautiful ruins I've visited. There are informative markers but go with a guide it made our experience unforgettable!

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Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Aside from fascinating history of the Zapotecs, the site is well maintained, with almost a spiritual beauty, the ghosts of lost civilizations blend in with the presence of modern day.

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San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I have been in a lot of ancient ruins in Mexico, and this are by far the best ones, you have a very good sightseeing from the top.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I must say I am one of those archeology junkies, every time I visit one of these places I go crazy and I want to learn everything about the place! I love the culture Monte Alban brings about the Zapotecs. The architecture for the pyramids, plazas and patios are stunning. Everything is covered in green fresh grass, and you have... More

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Creel, Mexico
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47 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Really amazing and well maintained ruins on a mountaintop. Very extensive site with many well preserved pyramids and temples atop a mountain with expansive views. A must see, if visiting Oaxaca and even worth a trip to the city in itself.

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St. Paul/ Minneapolis
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I have been to many archeaological sites in Mexico and this one is very near the top of my list. The location was huge, there was so much to see. I suggest bringing an umbrella to shade you from the sun because it can get very hot with very few shade locations. Also, bring water and a snack because the... More

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Hong Kong, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Definitely the highlight of our trip to Oaxaca! The site itself is quite large, but reasonably well maintained and (at least when we went) not crowded. If you have any interest in Mesoamerican history or local cultures, would heartily recommend a visit. Our trip was organized by Rodolfo at Jade travels, who arranged a knowledgeable guide to accompany us and... More

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Ithaca, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is probably the best site in Oaxaca. The Zapotecs leveled the mountain to build it. Don't miss it.

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Houston, Texas
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82 reviews 82 reviews
12 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

These ruins, according to our tour guide are the oldest pyramids you can find in Mexico, we were blown away. Spend some time walking around these structures, find the Danzantes, and visit the museum .

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