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“Monte Alban on a budget”
Review of Monte Alban

Monte Alban
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Owner description: The ruins of this ancient Zapotec capital make up one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Latin America.
Reviewed September 29, 2012

If you are strapped for cash or in the mood for a bit of exercise, one can walk up to Monte Alban from the city of Oaxaca. I recommend, however, taking the local bus for 5.5 Pesos, which stops about 2/3 of the way up the hill to the ruins. Just get out at the bus stand (a dirt parking lot, which is the final stop for the buses before they head back down the same hill again), and start walking up the hill. It's a good 30 minutes to an hour assent, depending on your fitness level and the heat of the day (I suggest an early start). It's a gradual climb, not difficult, but there isn't much shade, so be prepared. A 57 Peso (current as of Aug 2012) entrance fee gets you access to the ruins and the small but worthwhile on-site museum, and if you arrive early enough, you'll beat the crowds and can even watch the vendors too busy setting up their stalls than to try to sell you their wares.

A 20-30 minute downhill walk to the dirt bus stand, 5.5 Pesos to bus it back down to the city and you saved yourself a heap of change.

The site is lovely and if you are fortunate enough to go on a clear day you'll have amazing views of Oaxaca and the valleys on the other side of the ridge. Enjoy!

Thank theladylee
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Nice museum and beautiful grounds. Some of the ruins are in excellent condition. Quick taxi ride from city.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

This is a truly amazing site to visit! Similar in concept to Macchu Pichu--ancient ruins with temples, an astronomy building, a game court, tombs, and more built on a mountain top in a how-did-they-do-that? way, Monte Alban is an amazing site to behold. The writing and counting carved into the walls is some of the oldest in the Americas and hasn't been fully deciphered!

Thank jillstutzbach
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Amazing and well-kept, stunning views, extremely important from the historic point of view - an absolute must-do!

Thank Julia P
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Go there early morning with fog and cloud, it is peaceful and nice. You will understand why the inhabitants were called people of the cloud. Go to the museum and the jewelry shop is worth a look too

Thank Chrystel40
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