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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.


  • Oaxaca day trip to Monte Alban, Arrazola, Cuilapam and Coyotepec
  • See the ball court, temples and tombs of Monte Alban, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Admire artisan-made alebrijes (woodcarvings) in San Antonio Arrazola
  • Visit the San Bartolo Coyotepec Church and the Cuilapam Convent in Cuilapam de Guerrero
  • Hear stories about the ancient Zapotecs from your guide during your full-day sightseeing tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from your Oaxaca hotel included

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What You Can Expect

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

Monte Alban Ruins in Oaxaca

Enjoy midmorning pickup by coach from your Oaxaca hotel and kick off your day of sightseeing at Monte Alban, a UNESCO site located on a mountaintop boasting panoramas of the city and Oaxaca Valley.

Spend about 2.5 hours at the archaeological site. Your guide takes you around the complex, including the Grand Plaza, a large open area on the flattened plateau. Hear engaging facts about Zapotec history and culture as you gaze at ceremonial platforms, including a series of 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. Visit pyramids, temples, altars and the I-shaped ball court constructed in 100 BC. Make your way up the South Platform (Plataforma Sur), a large area known for its wide staircase and great views.

Next, head to San Antonio Arrazola, a tranquil town at the base of Monte Alban. For about 45 minutes, stroll through the town and admire the local folk art, such as the world-renowned woodcarvings from the copal tree called alebrijes depicting a fantastic zoology of mythical creations and monsters.

In the traditional town of Cuilapam de Guerrero, swing by the Cuilapam Convent, a 16th-century Dominican convent known for its unfinished basilica and capilla abierta, or open chapel. Learn about this historical colonial feature aimed at encouraging larger numbers of indigenous people for conversion to Catholicism.

After refueling with lunch (own expense), wrap up your sightseeing in San Bartolo Coyotepec. Visit the 16th-century San Bartolo Coyotepec Church, the Oaxaca State Museum of Popular Art (MEAPO) and a craft market displaying the work of more than a dozen families. Learn about this town known for its black pottery (barro negro), unique ceramics made locally since pre-Columbian times.

Your full-day tour ends with drop-off at your hotel in Oaxaca in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Donald C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent and friendly driver. Very knowledgable. It was an excellent way to get the lay of the land and learn a lot about Oaxaca and the wonderful sights in the region.

Robert A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Yes this was a good all day trip. It started off a little shaky, with the computers down. We left late from our meeting place, but after that it was smooth throughout.
Special shout out to our guides: Daniel and one they called Pansonsito. So informative and their English was very good.

Katie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a fantastic full day tour. The tour guide, Moses, was friendly, helpful and very knowledgable on the sites we visited. The use of the Viator site was easy and the arranged hotel pickup was simple. I will be using their services again!

Helder T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Long day, but very rewarding. We had an extremely well versed tour guide who had all the answers and provided lots of interesting information. Especially enjoyed the artisania and luncheon buffet. Visited a variety of interesting towns and locations.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

I feel that how, why old native maxican disappered ?

Kristina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Great guide and wonderful way to explore around Oaxaca!

Elaine A

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing. David was great and very informative. Definitely recommend food was delicious and Monte alban is beautifullll.

Christopher A

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

We really enjoyed this tour and our guide/driver was courteous, informative, and spoke excellent English. The only thing that keeps me from giving it five stars is that we were only allowed 45 minutes of free time at Monte Alban, which is not nearly enough to explore the sight. If the tour could be adjusted to allow at least an hour and a half, it would be perfect. Despite that criticism I would still recommend this tour to others. It's particularly good for people whose time in Oaxaca is limited and who want to see as much as possible in a short amount of time.

Eric B

4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

Very well run tour commencing at a hotel in the central city. The company was well organized, easy to contact, and offered well trained guides and drivers. The van drivers were professional and safe. The tour buses were recent models, comfortable and well maintained. We felt safe. The tour provides both English and Spanish speaking guides depending on the needs of the group.

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