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The ruins of this ancient Zapotec capital make up one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Latin America.
Oaxaca, Mexico
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Reviewed today via mobile

We explored the ruins with our Mexican guide. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about these pre-Hispanic peoples. Well worth the visit. Some great views from the top of the hill too. Just a short drive out of town.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kk1647
Reviewed today via mobile

Monte Alban is a significant archeological site replete with past civilizations. Ensure that you hire or go with a group tour that is conversant with the history and employs good English speaking guides. Of course if English is your spoken language!! We were not so...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LolaandBella
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A short drive out of town, this is well worth a visit. Very interesting with lots of atmosphere. We had a guide but didn’t think it was worthwhile. Most things are explained in Spanish and English. With a little bit of research in advance don’t...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SouthBankBoy
Reviewed yesterday

A great historic site and a beautiful reminder about the rich and cultured history of Mexico. Make sure to go early, before all the tourist show up and make the place crowded. Just hire a taxi from the city to go there, its both affordable...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ulrik J
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Monte Alban was much bigger than I expected and still only 60% restored we were told. Suggest you need to allow a couple of hours. We went with a guide but not really necessary as good interpretation panels in English. Particularly liked the so called...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

No one needs me to tell them what an important site this is. The fact that it's a working site -- with ongoing progress and discoveries -- makes it even better.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Julie C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not crowded. Beautiful day. Great vistas. Climbed to the top. Walked around. Had refreshments. A wonderful day.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Barbara E
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a fascinating archeological site with a small excellent museum and cafe. There are stone steps to climb so safer to have walking shoes. Built to be close to the sky, there are few trees to a hat is helpful as well. We came...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TownsendWashington
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a wonderful guide (Luis Ramirez) who was able to give us a true feel of the historical significance of this site. He also helped us up and down the many steps so we could take in the grandeur of the ruins. There is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Marilee B
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was quite a large complex, well restored. I don't know why but there are few tourists here. For that reason alone, it's worth visiting as you get to experience the place without the hordes. It's easy to get to from Oaxaca.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Response from Pattio666 | Reviewed this property |
Don't expect anything more than corporate profiteering from corporate-owned cites. You can ask around once you get to your location, get a few recommendations. People in Oaxaca, especially, are so lovely they will guide... More
October 26, 2018|
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Response from Suz2010 | Reviewed this property |
We found English speaking guides on-site. I suppose they could all be out with others when you arrive, but we had no problem, and the man’s English was quite good.
August 25, 2018|
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Response from Piotr M | Reviewed this property |
To be honest I do not know, but you drive through it, so it is always possible to stop and admire the view and enjoy your time, good luck