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Monte Albán
Monte Albán

Monte Albán

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243 Reviews
Oaxaca, Mexico

Basics

Dating back to around 500 BC, Monte Albán was continually occupied for close to 1,500 years by (at different points) the Zapotecs, Olmecs, and Mixtecs. The site was already abandoned when Spanish colonizers arrived in the 16th century. While not fully excavated, Monte Albán offers many highlights, including vast plazas, palaces, and some of the most elaborate tombs unearthed in the Americas.

Visit Monte Albán during a day trip from Oaxaca City, or combine a stop here with visits to nearby towns and archaeological ruins, such as Arrazola, San Bartolo Coyotepec, and Teotitlán del Valle. Multi-day Oaxaca tours often stop at Monte Albán.

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Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec. pick up 7:00am
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec. pick up 7:00am
star-4.5
$47.57 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A Fascinating Look Back
The tour was expertly run, gracious, and very informative. Our archeologist guide, Antonio, was very knowledgeable, and shared his wealth of history & stories with us! Bus was comfy. Buffet lunch was yummy - get the mole!
Tracy_W, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Oaxaca

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Monte Albán 1/2 day tour
Sonya_C, Jul 2021
Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour
Miguel was very knowledgeable. His vast knowledge about f the history of Monte Albán and the Zapotec people made this tour five stars. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Awesome experience
Janelle_C, Jul 2021
Monte Albán cradle of civilization in America/half day tour pick up 7:00am
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was a great speaker. She kept us engaged. We were very accommodated in that we received way more on the tour than expected. She also took care to do tour in both English and Spanish, and picked us up/dropped us off at our desired location. I am in great awe of Monte Alban and Oaxaca. Book this tour!
star-4
Wonderful guide and tour of Monte Alban
Todd_Larson, Jul 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec. pick up 7:00am
The guide Antonio and Monte Alban tour were wonderful. The stops at at craft villages were canned and cheesy. Handicrafts way over priced.
star-5
Great experience
Victor_V, Jul 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec. pick up 7:00am
Our tour was a wonderful experience. Monte Alban was the ultimate experience and our tour guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We also enjoyed touring the villages and getting a better perception of the locals. I don't care much about souvenirs and shopping but you get a better understanding of the people who make out trip worthwhile.
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Monte Alban with Miguel
Phyllis, Jul 2021
Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour
Miguel was very knowledgeable. He was easy to listen to and gave us a lot of information. He made the experience personal and encouraged questions.
star-5
A Must
Elizabeth_T, Jun 2021
Monte Albán cradle of civilization in America/half day tour pick up 7:00am
If you’re looking for a tour guide, Antonio is your man. He is extremely polite, knowledgeable, and professional. You can tell his heart is in this. He sincerely loves his culture and it’s evident through his sharing of local history. He is flawless in transitioning between his English and Spanish to accommodate all persons on his tours. He loves to answer questions.
star-5
Great Tour!
Isabel_K, Jun 2021
Private Tour, all inclusive Monte Alban & Atzompa
The guide was extremely knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. I highly recommend Rosario and the driver.
star-5
Great Experience
Marla_S, Jun 2021
Full-Day Monte Alban Archaeological Site and Oaxaca Artisan Experience
Gabriel was a great guide. This was a good balance of activities! Monte Alban is impressive and seeing the artisans was a good stop also
star-5
Great way to spend a day in Oaxaca
Matthew_G, May 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec. pick up 7:00am
This was a great tour to experience Monte Albán and artisan villages in the area. Going to an alebrijes workshop in Arazola was particularly interesting. Our tour guide was top-notch.
star-5
First Rate!!!
michael_p, Mar 2021
Private Tour: World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Monte Alban & City of Oaxaca
The tour guide had first rate customer service skills, encyclopedic knowledge and went way beyond the normal call of duty for us. We give her a six star rating!
star-5
Wonderful
Jonathan_E, Dec 2020
Shuttle Monte Alban
Marco was wondeful! Throughly enjoyed Monte Alban. Not many people were there and it was nice to enjoy the peace and presence of Monte Alban.
star-5
Viator Delivers!
Amy_P, Mar 2020
Shuttle Monte Alban
Our driver, Gabriel, was very courteous, on time and informative about our trip to Monte Alban. We highly recommend him and Viator!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The signage at Monte Albán is in Spanish.

  • There’s a small on-site museum and a gift shop.

  • There is very little shade at Monte Albán, so bring a hat, sunblock, and water.

  • Wear comfortable shoes; Monte Albán is an expansive site.

  • Children aged 13 and under enter for free.

  • Monte Albán is not fully wheelchair accessible due to uneven ground.

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How to Get There

Monte Albán is situated just 5 miles (9 kilometers) outside of Oaxaca City and is easily accessible. Tourist shuttles to the area depart from Mina 518 in Oaxaca City, and organized tours typically include round-trip transportation—as well as stops at other points of interest.

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When to Get There

Monte Albán is open daily from morning until late in the afternoon. It is perhaps Oaxaca’s most popular archaeological site, so visit early to avoid the largest crowds and the worst of the day’s heat. Weekends tend to be busier than weekdays.

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Oaxaca’s Artisan Towns

After you visit Monte Albán, stop at the nearby artisan towns, which are known for producing some of Oaxaca’s most distinctive handicrafts. San Bartolo Coyotepec is known for black clay pottery, and Teotitlán del Valle is famous for handwoven rugs and other textiles. Arrazola is the place to find Oaxacan alebrijes—brightly colored wooden animals.

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