Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, Oaxaca

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Must see · World heritage site · History Museum · Ruin
Looming 400 m (1,300 ft) above the Oaxaca Valley, Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban is the most majestic of the state’s ancient ruins. Translated as the “White Mountain,” the vast pre-Colombian archaeological site shows evidence of a network of dams, canals, pyramids and artificial moulds carved out of the mountain by the Zapotec people from as early as 500 BC. Inhabited over a period of 1,500 years, many of the ancient remnants are considered symbols of a sacred topography, and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Tread ancient paths past altars, pyramids and 170 known tombs, then wind your way to the great plaza for spectacular 360 degree views of the valleys below. You can plan Oaxaca trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • This was a fantastic place to discover a culture that influenced a still thriving people. If nothing else the view alone was worth the adventure.  more »
  • Spent several hours at this magnificent archeological site with one of the local guides. Due to Covid, the number of visitors is limited so we went early and waited for the gate to open. We were...  more »
  • I mean, it's beautiful, sure. It's sooo hot too. Come prepared. It's only 80 pesos or so to go in. Need 2 hours max. Can get a tour if you're into history and such.
  • Useful to have a guide (similar to other historical sites). One of the earliest ruins (way before Teotithuacan) so interesting to understand architectural similarities and differences. Still limited people but museum is closed.

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