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This famous relic of pre-Hispanic times sits on a high plateau with views for miles around. I saw it on a Roads' Scholar trip which included other well-known archaeological sites in Oaxaca and Tlaxcala, and this was the most impressive and largest of all. Take at least an hour to visit the various courts and temple sites, as well as the small museum on the site.There will be many spots where you can just sit to think about the lives of those who practised their rites and rituals up here. The people who did, did not live on the site, but further down in the valley.

Thank carlar2
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I visited Oaxaca for Dia de Los Muertos, but we also wanted to see the area. We picked up the bus from the stand next to the Hotel Rivera del Angel for 60 pesos each (no tour) - it leaves every hour starting at 8:30AM and returning every half hour. We left at 9:30 AM and were two of the six passengers at that time - the ride was about a half-hour to the drop off. Then, you pay admittance - there were no lines on a Sunday at about 10AM We really felt we had the entire place to ourselves (given its magnitude - there were several groups already touring), but the crowds began arriving by about 11AM (making photos much harder to take if you want to avoid strangers). We read about the site before visiting, and that is a good idea if you are not going with a knowledgeable tour-guide. The information signs were in English as well as Spanish, but they were not terribly informative. The sun was HOT that day, but the high was only forecasted to be about 76* F - so, be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses, and use sun-screen (there are very few shady areas). There is a cafeteria inside the museum complex, and also a snack shop outside as you pass through the ticket gates. It took us about two hours to see everything, including the museum and gift shop moving at a leisurely pace. I highly recommend a visit!

Thank Jennifer A
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Monte Alban is fascinating! Amazing view into past civilizations and cultures. For $70 pesos you can walk and explore freely this unique site. The views of the city and surrounding mountains are great! We had a nice lunch on the restaurants terrace with a view... very pleasant There are also certified tour guides waiting near the entrance gate for anyone interested in paying a fee for their service. We paid $500 pesos plus tip for a one hour guided tour. We had babies with us and chose the shorter tour. It sounded like others offered slightly different options so you might be able to shop around a bit and find someone who can address any specific interests you have. Our guide was sweet and spoke some English. They have a small museum, gift shop and restaurant.

Thank catherinewL2146VX
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went in a guided tour, which I think is a must as they know the stories behind it, and I just would be looking at cool bricks if it weren't for the guide. You can climb the pyramid at the end, which is only 40+ steps, however they are quite step. It is definitely worth a visit.

Thank SammyJT73
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a beautiful site with just a few steps, then everything is on the same level. You an climb a few pyramids, if you like. Be sure to stop in the museum before visiting the site and see some of the original carvings. Also visit the gift shop for its excellent selection of books, and the jewelry shop. The shop has a good selection of well-priced silver and gold jewelry.

Thank EstherP1882
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Truly a wonder! Unspoiled and very accessible. Easy day from Oaxaca combined with other places. Worth having a guide so you know what you are seeing.

Thank Rhonda24
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Archaeological! This was fantastic! The only thing I would say is the outside merchants will not take NO for an answer.

Thank HGReynoso
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I had been to Monte Alban years ago. It was even more amazing than I had remembered. If you only have the chance to visit one ruin while in the Oaxaca area, make sure to see this one. The restoration is well done. The site is big with a good view of the valley below. The history of Monte Alban is worth reading about. I highly recommend visiting here. You will be glad you did.

Thank Dorothy M
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Reviewed 5 days ago

amazing site undisturbed by Spanish conquistadors--pleasant shady places to rest. there is a small museum and pleasant terrace cafe at entrance Bus travel is easy or you can go by taxi

Thank david w
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Monté Albon was a great experience. We arrived early so it was not crowded at all. We were able to climb both the South and North side - the views are awesome!

Thank gunther1971
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