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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 yesterday via mobile

This ancient Zapotec site has far more to offer than we expected! Stunning views over Oaxaca and the neighbouring valleys, and a lot of intact temples and complexes! Not a lot of shadow though.. so bring your suncream and/or hat! Only a small entrance fee...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing -a definite must when visiting Oaxaca. We took a bus and not a tour as we had someone in our group that was knowledgeable of Monte Albán. The bus ride was crowded but doable and significantly cheaper.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Curiosity575899
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is definitely a place that must be seen. The museum itself is extremely useful- but you will need a guide unless you read Spanish fluently. You will, without words, be impressed by the ingenuity, design sense , geometry, and artistry of these people- and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank couplessPS
Reviewed 5 days ago

We hired a private guide, and so glad we did. We learned about the area on the drive from the city to Monte Alban and then about the site. Excellent visitors center. Nice gift shop. I was so thrilled to get to see this site.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Patricia F
Reviewed 5 days ago

This massive set of temples, homes and burial sites is majestic. Where good walking shoes as there is a lot to see and wandering is important even as you listen to your guide.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Susan B
Reviewed 6 days ago

I am not going to spend time describing the ancient majesty of Monte Alban; you can see the pictures and read the history in Wikepedia. Which is a good idea if you are going to really appreciate the enormity of what was there from 500BC...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 2trex
Reviewed 6 days ago

Awesome experience. If you can go late in the afternoon the crowds should be less and it gives you a better experience. Their is a tourist bus that picks up and drops off at Hotel Rivera. Fair price.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank christenstclair24
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great tour with our guide who was 84 Native Zapotecan who was extremely informative and entertaining! We arrived early around 9:00 am which was great because it was not crowded and cool. We have traveled to many of the most famous Aztec & Mayan ruins...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank PVAmigo
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is well worth seeing, but there is no covered places, so gets very hot. best to go in the morning if there is a choice.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Owen K
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the world heritage sites in Oaxaca - as well as downtown Oaxaca city - but a three hour meander through 1500 years of remarkable culture that left architecture, history and all of it speculative since it preceded written Mesoamerica history. Try to start...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Micaela S
28 January 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
27 October 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.
26 August 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