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


  • 3-hour tour of Monte Alban from Oaxaca
  • Visit the ancient archaeological 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

What You Can Expect

Monte Alban Day Trip from Oaxaca

Explore Monte Alban on a half-day tour

Enjoy midmorning pickup from your Oaxaca hotel and travel by comfy coach for about 20 minutes to Monte Alban, a UNESCO site located on a mountaintop boasting panoramas of the city and Oaxaca Valley.

Upon arrival at the archaeological site, explore with your guide 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.

Enjoy some free time wandering the well-preserved site on your own and capturing memorable photos. Your Oaxaca pyramids tour of Monte Alban ends with drop-off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Alfredo S A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Daniel gave us the best tour of Monte Alban. I learned so much this time around my second visit.
I highly recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We enjoyed this 1/2 day tour. The pick-up was on time. The guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Monte Alban is fantastic.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

What a powerhouse of archeological information! Unbelievable that this massive site on the outskirts of Oaxaca City was
discovered less than 100 years ago! Our guide, Antonio, was so passionate about Monte Alban, that he made us wish we had signed up with him for the whole day tour rather than the 3 hour tour! He seems to have absolutely thrived on sharing his expansive knowledge of this area with visitors to his city. Would do this tour again in a heartbeat! ENJOY!

Felicia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Fabulous tour by our guide Apollo.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Well organized, informative, and plenty of free time. The bilingual guide effectively communicated in both Spanish and English with ease. This is an excellent half-day experience when visiting Oaxaca.

Alice H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very interesting and very professional

Alice H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very professional and very interesting

Hannah D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour, excellent information and a guide who was extremely knowledgable

Ruth H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing trip! Our guide Daniel was so knowledgable and friendly without being overbearing. It was the perfect mix of history, and exploration. Would recommend this to anyone. Totally worth the !

Nadirah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a great trip. The site itself is just 20 minutes outside of Oaxaca so it's definitely worth your morning if you're in the city. The tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging and the ruins and surrounding landscape are absolutely incredible. It wasn't at all crowded and we were able to climb the steps of the pyramids. The 3-hour excursion offered just enough time to get informed and explore the site on our own. Highly recommend.

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