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Review of Monte Alban

Monte Alban
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Monte Alban Day Trip from Oaxaca
Ranked #3 of 134 things to do in Oaxaca
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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 October 7, 2012

There are many ruins and historical sites where good photography in a book or documentary is enough. But massive hilltop sites like Monte Alban require that you be there to appreciate the "feel" of site. We hired one of the certified guides at the entrance (250 pesos for 1.5-2 hours) which was worth it. We spent three hours at the site. Decent museum; many of the highest value finds from the site are in town at the Cultural museum. No taxi stand for the return trip, but hopped on one of the many shuttles back to the Zocalo (25 pesos).

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We arrived at Monte Alban very early in the morning. There was no one on the spot yet. The view we had from Monte Alban on the city of Oaxaca was amazing. Mountains all covered with clouds. Just amazing!
We had a guided tour. It was a great tour, you can climb on old ruines. And on top of these the view is even better! Surroundings are just so beautiful it must have been an amazing city.
The fee for this attraction is not very high though.
Outside you can buy some souvenirs if you would like.

Thank Kaat88
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Wonderful set of Zapotec temples, sited on the hill in green surroundings.I found it incredibly inspiring.Went in the afternoon, there were only a few people.Very quiet and magical, this was my favorite of all archeological sites in Mexico and Guatemala.You can easily get up there from Oaxaca, either getting on the local bus (7 pesos one way) or with travel agency (around 50 pesos return). I liked the fact that there are benches, you can sit, chill and adore the mountains in the far background.

Thank Alex D
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Specially I liked the setting atop the mountain and the views of the surroundings are magnificent (although it´s gotten a bit too populated since my last visit some 12 years ago)

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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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