Oaxaca, Mexico
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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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
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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D
, 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.

E
, Jul 2017

Really exciting, local guide an expert and motivated person enjoying his work. 100 recommendable

M
, Jan 2017

Excellent tour and excellent guides.

R
, Jan 2017

Very knowledgable guide. Nice pace. Well planned

S
, Jun 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.

t
, Jun 2016

this was a long day but well worth the effort

M
, May 2016

Apolo was an excellent guide, we learned from and enjoyed the experience...

j
, 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.

G
, Mar 2016

Our tour guide was David and my wife and I were the only participants of this tour to see Monte Alban and Mitla. We were disappointed with the tour as David only shared sparce information about the history and culture. He did not seem enthusiastic about showing us the archeological sites. He concentrated mostly on the Zapotec but avoided the Aztec, Mayan and Spanish influences, and he was impatient with us asking questions, but we got to see the very impressive sights. When we asked a question, he usually began with, I just told you that already. He didnt take us to all of the important sights in Monte Alban and we did not get to see the museum. We asked him about a section of Monte Alban as we were leaving so he left us with 45 mins of free time and we quickly scoured the area to see what we had missed. We expected a highly knowledgable guide for this expensive tour. He did not seemed prepared and only seemed interested in giving us very general and minimal information. We knew enough about the history to know that he shared incorrect information at times.

D
, 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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