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Monte Albán
Monte Albán

Monte Albán

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/half day tour
Monte Albán/half day tour
star-4.5
$35.94 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Nice half day tour!
It was exactly as described and our guide was passionate with great english. Communication was excellent.
Ryan_G, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Oaxaca

star-5
Viator to Monte Albán was excellent
Michele_S, Nov 2021
Monte Albán/half day tour
Viator was incredibly professional. Easy online booking followed by email and text confirmations. Detailed information to prepare for the trip. Timely pick up and journey to the site. While COVID protocols are limiting entrance at Monte Albán - thereby requiring early arrival and waiting at the site before they opened - our guide made it smooth and easy. Monte Albán itself was amazing. Highly recommend this visit and this tour company.
star-5
Incredible Day
Donovan_D, Nov 2021
Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour
Knowledgeable and personable guides and drivers. Timely pick-up. COVID safe protocols. Incredibly day!!!
star-4
Great tour (but a 2 & 1/2 hour wait to enter)
Spencer_J, Aug 2021
Monte Albán/half day tour
Our Zapotec tour guide was awesome-super knowledgeable and clearly cared about the ruins. The ruins were phenomenal. But 4 stars because this company really should let people know that they’re going to be waiting for 2 and half hours to enter the ruins because of Covid crowd restrictions. You arrive at 7:30 and enter at the earliest at 10. This may be old fashioned but I would have brought a book (and a coffee) if I had known. Recommend putting this info on your site.
star-4
Monte Albán Excursion
Samantha_B, Nov 2021
Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour
Hearing the history of the people that lived in the area and what they used the area of Monte Albán for (sacrifices).
star-5
Learn a lot about Monte Ablan!
Geraldine_W, Nov 2021
Monte Alban - Full Day Guided Tour with or without Food - Oaxaca
This was a great full day visiting ruins and craft studios! Xenon was timely in the pick up, and the car was comfortable. His explanations and storytelling are detailed and interesting for all the ares of the ruins. It’s clear that he really cares about Oaxaca and sharing it with visitors. I mostly picked this tour to see Monte Ablan, and the craft studios were a nice addition since you get to see the artists at work.
star-4
Quick tour(4h), good guide
Ustym_T, Nov 2021
Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour
We booked the tour with monte Alban only as we didn't want to waste time with artisans etc. Great choice, the guide was very friendly and passionate about his job. Would book again. We had to wait at the entrance in the morning (30min) as they only let in a few busses at a time. Entry was not included in the tour so the price is quite high in my opinion as you could also go on your own.
star-5
Great tour!!!
Victoria_B, Nov 2021
Full-Day Monte Alban Archaeological Site and Oaxaca Artisan Experience
Our guides were absolutely incredible and so friendly would 100%take a tour from them again they were extremely knowledgeable
star-5
Oaxaca trip
Lewis_D, Nov 2021
Private Tour, all inclusive Monte Alban & Atzompa
The knowledge of our guide, Rosario Hernandez was great. A Oaxaca native. Me and my wife had a very good time
star-5
Perfectly scheduled and informative
Mario_E, Sep 2021
Monte Alban - Full Day Guided Tour with or without Food - Oaxaca
Pick up was timely. We spent the perfect amount of time at each location for it to be fascinating but not overly done. It was a full day but it didn't feel like it. Juan is fun and knowledgeable. Good group of guys!
star-5
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-4
Wonderful guide and tour of Monte Alban
Todd_L, Jul 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
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
A Fascinating Look Back
Tracy_W, Jul 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
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!

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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