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  • Location:Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Mitla and Monte Alban Combo Tour from Oaxaca

Pyramids, tombs and mosaic murals — embark on an archaeological adventure with this guided full-day tour from Oaxaca featuring Mitla and Monte Alban. Travel by comfortable coach to the ancient religious center of Mitla, and see how the Zapotecs lived before the Spanish conquest in the 1500s. Then, from the mountaintop of Monte Alban, a UNESCO site, marvel at panoramas of the city and Oaxaca Valley. Walk about Monte Alban’s vast complex as you hear about the excavations. Convenient hotel pickup and drop-off are included.


  • Full-day combo tour of Mitla and Monte Alban from Oaxaca
  • Tour the archaeological ruins of Mitla, including the 16th-century Church of San Pablo
  • Discover the beauty of Mitla’s elaborate mosaics and fretwork with an informative guide
  • See the marvelous tombs, temples and pyramids of UNESCO World Heritage–listed Monte Alban
  • Enjoy spectacular views from Monte Alban’s panoramic mountaintop
  • Learn about the Zapotecs who constructed these Mesoamerican cities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned coach included

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What You Can Expect

Mitla and Monte Alban Combo Tour from Oaxaca

Mitla Ruins in Oaxaca

After morning hotel pickup in Oaxaca, travel with your informative guide by air-conditioned coach to the Zapotecan ruins of Mitla. This archaeological zone of a former religious site dates back to 850. Walk the grounds and gain insight into Mitla’s elaborate fretwork and geometric patterns that adorn tombs, panels, friezes and walls.

Constructed with precisely cut and polished tone, the intricate mosaics make Mitla one of the most important Mesoamerican sites of the Oaxaca Valley. Mitla, governed by kings, remained mostly isolated until the Spanish arrived in the 1500s. Learn about this conquest as you gaze at the colonial Church of San Pablo.

After Mitla, continue to the pre-Columbian archaeological site of Monte Alban (White Mountain), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated on top of a mountain, you’ll be amazed by the panoramas of the city and Oaxaca Valley. Your guide takes you around the vast complex’s Grand Plaza, altars, temples and pyramids, and shares fascinating facts about Zapotecan history and culture.

Discover some of the site’s 170 tombs, ceremonial platforms and an I-shaped ball court built in 100 BC. Make your way up to the South Platform (Plataforma Sur), which boasts a wide staircase and 360-degree views.

Enjoy free time to gaze at the impressive ruins on your own before your coach takes you back to Oaxaca. You’ll arrive at your hotel in the evening.

Customer Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour around Oaxaca. The guides included additional towns to the tour as Teotitlan del Valle and Santa Maria del Tule. Plus tour! Book with confidence and don't miss it if around Oaxaca.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was a highlight of our trip to Oaxaca. In the description they don't mention you also go to see the Tule (widest tree in the world) and a textile maker. Oaxaca is famous for its textiles, so it was truly a pleasure to stop and see what they are all about. We loved Monte Alban. The views are incredible. Our guide took us right up to the entrance gates after passing many people hiking up the hill toward the entrance. Mitla was also fantastic. Try the ice cream outside of the gates.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Experienced guides, great sites.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The tour was amazing!
Gabriel, the tour guide, was extremely patient and took his time to answer questions, allow picture taking and wait for people who were lagging a bit behind. Though I believe the afternoon portion of the trip took longer than he was scheduled to work, he never made us feel rushed or as though we should not satisfy our curiosity. Though I had been to the archaeological ruins before, it was still fascinating as well as a wonderful introductory experience for my companion.
The tour company in Oaxaca was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

If you are in Oaxaca you undoubtedly need to take this trip. My boyfriend and I went on this excursion and we were accompanied by two other parties and an English speaking tour guide who was knowledgable and friendly. I recommend you wearing lots of sun screen because the only shade is in the van! Have fun!

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Tour schedule was upset by political activity in Oaxaca City, but the staff met the challenge and we had a wonderful day. The tour guide, Moses, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. A very full day!

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2015

Our tour guide Antonio was good with loads of information in Spanish in English and happy to answer questions but be aware that you return to Oaxaca after the Mitla part to pick up people for the afternoon part of the tour. For us this meant we had a brief half hour to grab something to eat before heading off at 3pm to Monte Alban. It takes around 30 mins to get there and so by the time people in our group had bought tickets for those who didn't have them included in the price it was 3.45pm. Our guided tour lasted an hour and at 4.45pm the guards started blowing whistles and closing off areas to get people out of the site which shut at 5pm. We ran up to the top of the site to try and get some photos and were chased by security guards. It's a shame we couldn't have started half an hour earlier and been told to bring lunch so we would have had some time to wander, enjoy the setting and get some good photos as it's a beautiful place which deserves more than a quick hour to run around. We also didn't have time to even look in the museum.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

The tour started very well. Our tour guide Moses spoke good English and was very helpful and informative. We went first to Mitla, which was really interesting, helped by the information Moses contributed. Then we went to the Tule tree, which we hadn't expected, and it is really huge. The final part of the trip, visiting Monte Alban, was unfortunately not as successful as it might have been. The plan had been to go back back into Oaxaca to pick up some other people and drop others off but because there had been a strike and the roads were blocked we were very delayed. The trip to Monte Alban went ahead - we could have gone the following day but we weren't aware that the site closed at 5 p.m. This meant that we did not have sufficient time at the site to explore or to see the museum which was there too. We were disappointed about this as Monte Alban is really fascinating place to visit and we would have been better advised to put our visit off to the following day. For this reason, we have given 3 stars.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this November 2015

This tour was not fully described. It included a brief stop at a 2,000-year old tree and a longer stop at a rug manufacturer, which was interesting, but also included some time at the showroom for shopping. The most misleading part of the tour is that it turned out to be two separate tours. After Mitla, where we had about an hour max, we went bacj into Oaxaca in heavy traffic to drop off some people an pick up others. By the time we got to beautiful Monte Alban, we only had one hour to explore. Out guide fir the day was not very informative.

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