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Mitla, Tule, Teotitlan and Monte Alban Combo Tour

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Southern Mexico, Mexico
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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.
  • Tour the archaeological ruins of Mitla, including the 16th-century Church of San Pablo
  • See the marvelous tombs, temples and pyramids of UNESCO World Heritage–listed Monte Alban
  • Enjoy spectacular views from Monte Alban’s panoramic mountaintop
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned coach included
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.

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A must-do tour when visiting Oaxaca
britaa2013
, Nov 2019
A valuable insight into the pre- Columbian history of the region. Our guide was excellent in providing relevant information in two languages
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Utter choas at start, ok after
BradleyJP
, Nov 2019
Hotel pickup and transfer to correct shuttle was completely incompetent. Wrong pickup time sent. Missed picking me up w others. Zilch coordintion w other pick ups. Wasted more than TWO HOURS to just start turn. After started, met exoectations. Its a long day, and no lunch stop...which seems like a cheap out.
star-5
I love the history and culture of...
Debra K
, Jan 2018
I love the history and culture of Mexico. Mitla and Monte Alban are must see ruins. Maybe best to split tour over two days.
star-5
Really exciting, local guide an...
Enrique G
, Jul 2017
Really exciting, local guide an expert and motivated person enjoying his work. 100 recommendable
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The tour was great. Too bad I...
Steffani C
, May 2016
The tour was great. Too bad I foolishly bought it online and paid 4 times as much as I would have if I'd walked in off the street. Fool me once, yada, yada.
star-4
Apolo was an excellent guide, we...
Martin G
, May 2016
Apolo was an excellent guide, we learned from and enjoyed the experience...
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I was unable to complete the tour...
judith m
, Mar 2016
I was unable to complete the tour but most of the tour was delivered in Spanish, not English. Because this is an all-day tour, I think it would be helpful if there were one guide to explain in Spanish while another guide speaks in English. It is too much for one individual. There was quite a bit I did not understand. It was a lot of riding in the shuttle and I felt the tour was very overpriced. I would not recommend seeing both of these amazing sites in one day. Still, the driver and guide were very congenial and helpful. Thank you.
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We never take tours while traveling...
David L
, Jan 2016
We never take tours while traveling we just do the research ourselves and wing it, but because Mitla and Monte Alban were over an hour from our hotel, we decided it would just be easier to let someone else do the driving. What we gained from the tour extended so far beyond the convenience factor--we had so much fun, took beautiful pictures, and loved the conversations with our tour guide. We look back at our trip and consider this tour a real cultural highlight. It was a truly great experience and I definitely recommend it for singles, couples, and groups.
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This tour was not fully described...
erinburns
, Nov 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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Our tour guide Antonio was good with...
Rhian N
, Nov 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.

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