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Monte Albán Tours

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Monte Albán
One of the oldest cities in the Americas, Monte Albán—an ancient Zapotec capital—is perhaps the most important archaeological site in Oaxaca and among the largest in Mexico. Head to Monte Albán’s flat mountain top for views of the city, then explore the vast site’s temples, tombs, underground tunnels, and ball court.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  
Address: Oaxaca, Mexico
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Monte Alban Ticket

Monte Alban Ticket

Save time and take advantage of this unique option with TripAdvisor / Viator to buy your entrance ticket to the archaeological site of Monte Albán, avoiding the lines and avoiding long waiting times. When booking this ticket, all you will have to do is a simple exchange in advance, entering the site in less than 2 minutes.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$44.18
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US$44.18

Monte Alban Day Trip from Oaxaca

Monte Alban Day Trip from Oaxaca

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Discover the pyramids of Oaxaca in Monte Alban, meaning ‘White Mountain,’ located on a vast mountaintop expanse with spectacular 360-degree views of Oaxaca Valley. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Oaxaca City, the pre-Columbian archaeological site is considered the most magnificent of the region’s ancient ruins. On this guided tour by coach from Oaxaca, explore the complex filled with pyramids, ceremonial rock carvings, a huge ball court and 170 excavated tombs. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.94
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Archaeological Area Monte Albán

Archaeological Area Monte Albán

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Visit the impressive archeological ruins of Monte Albán and discover one of the most important sites of the Zapotec culture. Enjoy panoramic views over the city and the valley of Oaxaca from this privileged place.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$42.00
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US$42.00

Monte Alban Transfer from Oaxaca

Monte Alban Transfer from Oaxaca

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Choose between different schedules, to visit the archaeological site of Monte Alban, with our Shuttle service.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$7.99
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US$7.99
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Monte Alban, Arrazola, Coyotepec and Cuilapam Full-Day Tour from Oaxaca

Monte Alban, Arrazola, Coyotepec and Cuilapam Full-Day Tour from Oaxaca

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From the mountaintop pyramids of Monte Alban to the Cuilapam Convent on the valley floor, learn all about the rich history of Oaxaca Valley on this guided full-day trip by coach. Discover the Zapotec pyramids and excavated ruins of UNESCO-listed Monte Alban, admire the mystical woodcarvings of San Antonio Arrazola and meet resident artisans in San Bartolo Coyotepec, a town known for its beautiful black pottery. Hotel pickup and drop-off from Oaxaca included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$47.57
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US$47.57
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Private Family Tour to Visit Monte Albán, Alebrijes and Barro Negro

Private Family Tour to Visit Monte Albán, Alebrijes and Barro Negro

Enjoy a Private Tour with family or friends; ideal for groups of 4 to 19 people. Fall in love with incredible landscapes and take the ideal photo with plenty of time and without haste. Make a visit at your own pace with extended time if you wish, without depending on the itinerary of a mass group. During this Private Tour you will be accompanied by a guide and driver in a modern Mercedes Benz Sprinter vehicle. In addition, if you are Mexican, you can take advantage of the discounts for nationals at each site (only if applicable) such as student discount or free entry on Sundays. We will pass by you to your hotel to visit the most emblematic places of this route such as the Archaeological Zone of Monte Albán, Arrazola (craft town where they create Alebrijes), the Ex-Convent of Cuilapan de Guerrero, Zaachila (indigenous village with multiple restaurants of typical food) and San Bartolo Coyotepec (creators of the Black Clay) to finally return to their hotel.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$74.11
Price varies by group size
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US$74.11
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Mitla, Tule, Teotitlan and Monte Alban Tour

Mitla, Tule, Teotitlan and Monte Alban Tour

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$61.54
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US$61.54

Full-Day Monte Alban Archaeological Site and Oaxaca Artisan Experience

Full-Day Monte Alban Archaeological Site and Oaxaca Artisan Experience

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The ancient Zapotec city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte Alban sits about 9 miles (6 kilometers) west of Oaxaca. With this tour, explore the hilltop archaeological site with a guide and enjoy views overlooking the Oaxaca Valley. That leaves enough time to visit the artisan towns of Arrazola, Cuilapam de Guerrero, and San Bartolo Coyotepec. Plus, round-trip transportation from your hotel in downtown Oaxaca is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$30.76
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US$30.76
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2-Day Oaxaca Tour including Monte Alban, Mitla and Hierve el Agua

2-Day Oaxaca Tour including Monte Alban, Mitla and Hierve el Agua

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Ideal for travelers who want to enjoy the most importat touristic attractions from Oaxaca in two days. Monte Alban and Mitla are the main arqueological sites in Oaxaca, both sites are the most visited by Oaxaca visitors. With this combo, in two consecutive days you will enjoy following tours: >> Monte Alban Route to visit the archeological site, then, the artisan village of Arrazola (handcraft Alebrijes), continue to Exconvent of Culiapam and San Bartolo Coyotepec (black pottery) >> Mitla Route, visit the Tule Tree, Teotitlan del Valle (wool carpets), Mitla Arqueological site, Hieve el Agua (salt-water petrified cascade) and Mezcal Factory. You will be added to a small group of tourists, usually up to 14 persons, neverhteless, on high seasons our groups might become bigger. This tour is operated in spanish and english. We will pick you up at your hotel's lobby between 9:45 to 10:00 AM.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$52.31
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US$52.31

Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapan & Coyotepec

Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapan & Coyotepec

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Visit the impressive archeological ruins of Monte Albán and discover one of the most important sites of the Zapotec culture.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$53.00
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US$53.00

Monte Alban, Atzompa, Yagul and Mitla Archaeological Sites Day Trip

Monte Alban, Atzompa, Yagul and Mitla Archaeological Sites Day Trip

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Explore the archaeological highlights of Oaxaca without getting lost on this day trip, a great choice for first-time visitors. Take a guided tour of Monte Alban, the largest Zapotec urban center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit its satellite city, Atzompa. Then travel to Yagul and Mitla to see other examples of Zapotec architecture. Plus, round-trip transportation from downtown Oaxaca is included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$79.99
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US$79.99
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Ecological Art and Monte Alban

Ecological Art and Monte Alban

Discover the archaeological zone of Monte Alban and learn about the elaboration of Papel Toledo, an ecological paper native to this state.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$153.85
per group
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US$153.85
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Enjoy all Pyramids of Oaxaca in Private Day Tour: Monte Alban, Mitla, Yagul

Enjoy all Pyramids of Oaxaca in Private Day Tour: Monte Alban, Mitla, Yagul

This tour is ideal for those archeological lovers. Experience the essence of its two cultures: La Zapoteca and La Mixteca, both left a historical and cultural legacy that today can be breathed strongly in the identity of Oaxaca. We will visit the most important archeological sites in Oaxaca such as: Monte Alban, Atzompa (recently open to public), Yagul and Mitla. This tour is operated in private for your family and / or friends, in a comfortable vehicle according to number of passengers. You will be accompanied by a certified guide (Spanish - English) and driver. An advantage on private service is the freedom to move at your own pace without haste and enjoy every visited site. You will have enough time to take as many photos as you want, forget about waiting a big group. Enjoy your own tour. This is a special adventure that will let you carry incredible memories of your travel experiences and the magic of the Oaxacan roots and finally will recharge with a special energy.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$65.00
Price varies by group size
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US$65.00
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All inclusive:Monte Alban,Arrazola, Cuilapam,ex convent,San Bartolo Coyotepec

All inclusive:Monte Alban,Arrazola, Cuilapam,ex convent,San Bartolo Coyotepec

All inclusive,no surprises , not extra charges.We are from Oaxaca,we have a Licensed Tour Guide.Your Safetly is our priority! We have a First Aid Certification; we are professionals! and we Will happy to guide you!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$199.00
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US$199.00
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Combo two-day tours, Hierve el Agua Full day and Monte Alban full day

Combo two-day tours, Hierve el Agua Full day and Monte Alban full day

To guarantee a low price, we offer you a combo of two tours. We recommend this combo, if it is your first visit to Oaxaca. We have new and modern vehicles, with government permits to transport and also with insurance. Avoid taking free excursions, they don't guarantee you have a certified guide. To guarantee a low price, the order of the tours may change. You should consider that the tours are in continuous days. We only use vans for tours.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$37.00
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US$37.00

Oaxaca Zapoteca Route Private

Oaxaca Zapoteca Route Private

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Enjoy an Amazing tour from Huatulco to Oaxaca for 3 days, you will discover the magic of ancient cultures, also you will visit the mezcal palenques, the city of the dead "MITLA", the Archaeological Zone. The adventure continues making the following scale to the Zapotec indigenous people of weavers "Teotitlan del valle", a place full of colors. Continue the journey where you will appreciate the famous and most notable "Tree of El Tule", And to finish this first day of adventure we arrived at the Oaxacan capital, where they will appreciate the former church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. The second day you will enjoy this great journey where we will know Monte Alban archaeological site which is the ancient capital of the Zapotecos and one of the first cities in Mesoamerica. we willvisit a small town of adobe houses "San Bartolo Coyotepec" famous for its black pottery. you will have the opportunity to visit Artisan Villages where you will admire the wood carving artisans.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1,538.47
per group
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Oaxaca & Chiapas - 6 Day Tour

Oaxaca & Chiapas - 6 Day Tour

On this tour you will visit colonial cities such as Oaxaca and visit indigenous communities that still preserve their traditions, religious beliefs and social organization. In addition, you will encounter manifestations of the Olmec, Zapotec and Mixtec cultures; and you will know archaeological zones such as Palenque, one of the most important in the world.
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  • 6 days
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US$1,073.85
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US$1,073.85
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Oaxaca Antigua Full-Day Tour

Oaxaca Antigua Full-Day Tour

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Our tour will offer you an unforgettable experience and stay in our state, which will be visual, historical and cultural. Thanks to our certified tour guides, you will be able to give you extensive knowledge of the great history and present of the tourist attractions that surround Oaxaca.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$60.00
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US$60.00

Private Tour: World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Monte Alban & City of Oaxaca

Private Tour: World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Monte Alban & City of Oaxaca

With Guide Oaxaca it is to have passion at your service, privacy at the heart of your stay and peace of mind as a guarantee. So you have no surprises: no visits to repay, no additional costs except tips and drinks. We are qualified guides with in-depth knowledge of our region. Whether they are French or English speaking, our guides have passed the guide diploma and know our region inside out, not only the tourist sites, but also the local culture and history.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$99.00
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US$99.00
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Exclusive Private Tour Monte Alban & Atzompa

Exclusive Private Tour Monte Alban & Atzompa

With Guide Oaxaca it is to have passion at your service, privacy at the heart of your stay and peace of mind as a guarantee. So you have no surprises: no visits to repay, no additional costs except tips and drinks. We are qualified guides with in-depth knowledge of our region. Whether they are French or English speaking, our guides have passed the guide diploma and know their region inside out, not only the tourist sites, but also the local culture and history.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$199.00
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US$199.00
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Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour

Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour

We have quality service, our guides are certified but above all we have a lot of charisma and spark in what we like to do, to pamper the traveler in order to know the wonders of our state.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$18.00
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US$18.00
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Half-Day Oaxaca Monte Alban Walking Tour with Guide and Pickup

Half-Day Oaxaca Monte Alban Walking Tour with Guide and Pickup

Mysterious experience invited by mysterious ancient ruins Monte Alban is a ruins of Sapoteka culture built on a hill about 400m high in the Oaxaca basin at an altitude of 1500m. It is said that the Zapotec people who once lived in this region started construction around 500 BC and flourished until around 800 AD. After that, Zapotec declined, but the Mishtecs who took control of the region took over and lived in their place. The Monte Alban archaeological site has many attractions, such as a pyramid-shaped temple, an observatory, and a stone plate relief depicting a human figure called Dansante (dancing person). Ancient ruins rooted in the land of Oaxaca will captivate you. The tour will be held in the morning. [English guide]
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$49.50
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Monte Alban and Zapotec Civilization Guided Cultural Day Tour

Monte Alban and Zapotec Civilization Guided Cultural Day Tour

★ Mysterious experience guided by mysterious ancient archeological sites ★ Guide to hidden attractions in Oaxaca [To a rarely accessible local place] Monte Alban registered as a World Heritage Site and one of the most famous tourist attractions in Mexico! further! !! On this tour, you will be able to enjoy not only Monte Alban but also Oaxaca, where you can visit the village of Arrazola, which is famous for its traditional alebrijes , and the Cuilapan Monastery, which stands in the silence outside the city!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$55.00
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US$55.00
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Full-Day Oaxaca Sightseeing Tour Monte Alban and Mitra Sites

Full-Day Oaxaca Sightseeing Tour Monte Alban and Mitra Sites

[Zapoteca civilization enjoyment tour] ★ Sightseeing Oaxaca Monte Alban and Mitla archeological sites in one day It is a great tour to go around Mexico's leading tourist spots in one day. You can enjoy the Aztec folk beautiful streets in the world heritage-listed Monte Alban and Mitra ruins, as well as the Thule tree, which is over 2000 years old and known as the world's thickest tree, and Teotitlan del Valle!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$143.00
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US$143.00
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Should I book Monte Albán tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Monte Albán can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 23 Monte Albán tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Monte Albán 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Monte Albán costs USD 44.18. Guided Monte Albán tours start around USD 44.18 per person. See all 23 Monte Albán tickets and tours on Viator.
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