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Monte Alban

Oaxaca, Mexico
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Ranked #3 of 57 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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Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Breath taking site, well preserved, well cared for, well interpreted. Spending time there is fundamental to developing a sense of the antiquity of this part of southern Mexico. I live here. Wheel chair access but for a really strong accompanying friend.

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Riihimaki, Finland
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This is one of the 3 most important archaeological sites in the middle part of Mexico. We visited as a group of 30 grown-up tourists from Scandinavia. With a professional guide you are well updated on the history of the site. Start early in the morning and do not forget to visit the museum near the entrance. This is a... More

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Puerto Escondido, Mexico
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We booked a bus in Oaxaca early in the morning to visit Mt Alban. We were glad we did, as it became quite hot early and there was no shade. It was great too look around, there weren't too many people and the structures were amazingly in tact. We didn't go with a guided tour, and there were many signs... More

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Woodbridge, O
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Monte Alban was a must see stop on a recent 16 person, beer and mezcal tour I designed and hosted in November 2013. Impressive in its size and location, this world famous archeological and cultural site is a must see for anyone visiting Oaxaca. I recommend that you hire a guide to help understand the the deeper meaning of the... More

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Well excavated ancient site that is definitely worth a visit. It's a relatively short cab ride from the city center. We hired a guide when we got there and we were glad we did. It's a large site with several pyramids, some reconstructed, a ball court, and a large community area. Expect to spend at least 2 hours here. The... More

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SK
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I've visited Mayan ruins on the Caribbean side and while Monte Alban has many of the same characteristics, there is a different feel to the site. Had a great English speaking guide who tried his best to convey the meaning of most of the buildings, but there are just so many mysteries surrounding the site. Well worth a morning spent... More

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Bellingham
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The ruins and their restoration here are amazing. Perched on top of a small mountain, with beautiful views and a nice breeze, this is quite a site. There is a small museum on site, containing some of the artifacts that were recovered. It is hard to put into words the wonders of a site like this, but I would recommend... More

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nyc
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

One of the world heritage sites for good reason; go with a good guide and be happy you were lucky enough to see this.

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London, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We visited a great number of archaeological sites on our grand tour of Mexico. This was the second sight that we visited. Located just outside the city of Oaxaca (Wahaca in English) on a high hill-top (mountain?). Being quite high up it did feel nice and fresh with a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside (including the city of Oaxaca).... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

A beautiful 360 degree view from the top of the ruins. Because of its location, it is unique, with the top of a mountain leveled in order to construct the buildings in ancient times. Fascinating place to visit. Not a good place for people who can't walk much, as you must walk up a slope to the entrance. Once inside,... More

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