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We took the "collectivo" (a taxi that takes up to 5 passengers) from Terminal de 2a clase, near Arbastos Mercado. 10 pesos each to Atzompa, and then took a Moto-taxi (20 each) up to the site. Would have been an unpleasant walk into the sun,...More
Having been so fortunate to visit this site with the archaeologist in charge, we were amazed to learn that it is actually within the area designated as Monte Alban. Seeing this site helps to complete the picture of the civilization that lived there as it...More
Near Monte Alban but with nearly no visitors (we were the one car in the lot when we visited), Atzompa is a hidden gem worth visiting. The site is still being excavated and we were lucky enough to watch the archaeologists at work.
Less known, truly mystical. I had a three wheeler to take me up to the ruins. The view on the way up is like a picture postcard and don't have any doubt that you will enjoy every bit of it.
One piece of advice though,...More
You can take a local bus to the area, then ask a moto-taxi to get you up the long hill. Don't miss the museum on your left - its so worth your time and donate if you can as this site needs some financial help...More
There are so many great things to see in Oaxaca and most people head straight for Monte Alban which gets absolutely crazily busy after 10am. I'd highly recommend visiting Zona as well. Not as popular but equally as impressive. It's not as big but the...More
When visiting Oaxaca, most people visit the Monte Alban archeological site. Having seen the impressive remains of that ancient city state it is understandable that visitors to Oaxaca will call it a day for archeological sites and explore the other charming aspects of the city....More
Few visitors when touring the grounds, well delineated. Several ballcourts and level to the plazas. Hawks soar about the mountain top with spectacular views of Oaxaca and the Valley to match the archiology. No entry fee, no museum, no services.
The hike is worth the view. Just recently opened in the past five years this site brings to mind all there is in Oaxaca state that has yet to be discovered. Very interesting to walk through these ancient ruins.
First off, how to get there easily. From Oaxaca, get yourself to the "Central" (bus station near the Mercado de Abastos). From there, ask around and find the colectivos to Atzompa. Pay 10 pesos for a 10-15 minute trip to Atzompa. When you get close...More