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  • Location:Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Monte Alban Day Trip from Oaxaca

Discover what makes the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Monte Alban one of greatest archeological sites in the Oaxaca Valley! This 3-hour tour takes you by comfortable coach to the nearby ruins, which rest on a panoramic mountaintop with views of Oaxaca. Your professional guide will lead a tour through the vast complex filled with pyramids, ceremonial rock carvings, a huge ball court and 170 excavated tombs. Round-trip hotel transport is included.


  • 3-hour tour of Monte Alban from Oaxaca
  • Visit the ancient archeological ruins of Monte Alban, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Gaze at breathtaking panoramic views from a marvelous hilltop location
  • Discover magnificent temples, pyramids and tombs as you explore one of Oaxaca’s most significant sites
  • Learn about the Zapotec culture from your professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned coach included

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What You Can Expect

Monte Alban Day Trip from Oaxaca

Explore Monte Alban on a half-day tour

Monte Alban, whose name means ‘White Mountain,’ is located on a vast mountaintop expanse with spectacular 360-degree views of the city and surrounding Oaxaca Valley. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Oaxaca City, the pre-Columbian archeological site is considered the most magnificent of the region’s ancient ruins.

Upon pickup from your hotel at 10am, travel by comfortable coach to the site, located approximately 20 minutes away. You’ll explore the immense and well-preserved complex on foot as you tour the grounds with your knowledgeable guide. Visit pyramids, temples and altars, as well as several residential structures – all constructed around the rectangular Grand Plaza, a large open area on the flattened plateau.

See the I-shaped ball court constructed in 100 BC, and climb to the South Platform (Plataforma Sur), a large area known for its wide staircase and great panoramic views. Learn interesting facts from your guide about Zapotec history and culture as you gaze at ceremonial platforms, including a series of significant rock carvings called The Dancers (Los Danzantes). You’ll see some of Monte Alban’s 170 tombs, whose excavations revealed a range of paintings and stone carvings.

Spend some free time exploring on your own and capturing great photos before re-boarding your coach back to Oaxaca, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel around 1pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our guide Antonio was fantastic! His knowledge of the history of Monte Alban was amazing and he was very personable. His English was clear and concise, we had absolutely no problems understanding him. He catered to the group and answered many questions. I would recommend this tour and would even take it myself again the next time we arrive in the beautiful city of Oaxaca

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Emil was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. He answered all our questions big and small. Very happy we took this tour and feel lucky to have an excellent guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

I was delighted with this tour and with our guide - I am an Anthropology sudent and have studied some Meso - American cultures, but my partner is not so inclined. This trip was so well presented that both of us mainatained a high level of interest and enjoyment. We had been to the Santo Domingo Cultural Museum, the prior evening, which contains the treaures from the Monte Alban dig and this really rounded out the "Zapotec Experience" in Oaxaca. Sorry I didn't have time to do Mitla, but I'll be back for another tour. Five stars.



5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Very much enjoyed this tour. I learnt so much about the archeological site of Monte Alban and it's worth every penny. Thanks!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Great tour from start to finish! The operation was flawless from start to finish. Our guide was knowledgeable about the history of the Zapotec civilization and Monte Alban itself. It's just a short drive away from Oaxaca, which makes it a perfect short tour!

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

My husband and I were very pleased with this tour. We were picked up at our hotel in a very clean, air-conditioned bus with a very friendly driver. Our tour to Monte Alban was with only 1 other couple. Moses, our guide, spoke very good English and was extremely friendly and attentive. At the site, we were the only 2 on the English-speaking tour so we got our own guide. Moses spent a lot of time explaining not only the archeological history but the use of plants and other resources as well. We found this quite interesting. We had the last hour to roam the site, visit the museum, or shop the gift shop. Perfect 1/2 day trip! Glad we read the other reviews that recommended hats, sunscreen and water too. Quite useful.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Fantastic site, good guide who gave many details. Was the only English speaking person on this bilingual tour, still got most of the info the Spanish speaking tourists got

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