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Monte Alban

Oaxaca, Mexico
951 516 1215
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Ranked #3 of 58 Attractions in Oaxaca
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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
83 helpful votes 83 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
32 helpful votes 32 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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Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Stunning! Loved the history and the mystery here. Amazing views. There is something magical about this place. Hire one of the guides for 45 mins it is well worth it. Keep an eye out for the beautiful butterflies too! This is the best thing to do in Oaxaca for sure !

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A must visit when you are in Oaxaca. Be ready to do a lot of walking and taking stairs. They charge $59 pesos per person. And children under 13 are free. You can take your own water bottles or whatever you like to drink. Beatiful scenery makes it worth to do all the walking

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Washington, DC and environs
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8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had a local guide who was both an archeologist and a birder (wish I would remember his name at the moment) who made this visit even more special. Go earlier in the morning if you can, it was getting crowded by the time we left (around noon).

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