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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
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.


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, Jun 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!

, Feb 2018

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

, Dec 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!

, Nov 2017

I only had a few hours in the morning before a wedding, but I had to see Monte Alban.

Logistically, it was easy. I was staying at Hotel Azul, and they picked me up, transported me to their office where everyone on the same tour got put onto the same bus and we were off! The drive isn't too long, maybe 30-45 minutes.

Once you arrive, the tour guide gets you inside the complex, and then gives you a thorough explanation about the history of the site, the people, plants, animals, etc. He was really informative and you could ask him anything and he would explain it to you. I took the tour in English, and he was giving everything explained in both Spanish and English so it was great for everyone.

The site itself is very wide and open, and there are certain things you can go on, and others that you can just look at, but it has great vistas of the city and the whole area with mountains all around you.

Tips for people considering:
--There are tons of daytime mosquitos that are roaming around the entire grounds. They have an anesthetic when they bite so you can't feel them at first like a leech, but let me tell you, their bites get really big and cause big red sores, so either wear bug spray, or wear pants to be safe.
-Lots of sunscreen and a hat are needed. You'll be standing outside and walking around for the entire tour, and the sun at that altitude and more towards the equator will wreck you otherwise.

, Nov 2017

Fabulous tour by our guide Apollo.

, Aug 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.

, Jan 2017

We weren't thrilled with our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable but went into way too much detail. He was going to give us time to wander on our own but time was running out and I don't think we were even 25 through the tour yet. Other groups were walking around at a pretty good pace and we were stuck near the entrance. He also got angry when we wandered to take pictures, saying he would give us time at the end. We paid for the tour and if we didn't want to hang on his every word that was our problem, not his. We ended up asking what time the bus would leave and just taking off on our own so we could see more of Monte Alban.

, Jan 2017

Very interesting and very professional

, Jan 2017

Very professional and very interesting

, Jan 2017

Great site - absolute must visit for anyone in Oaxaca and interested in Zapotec culture and ruins. This review is for the tour itself. Turismo el Convento was the contracted operator we had used them for the Mitla full-day tour earlier in our stay, and that was good all-around. For the half-day option to Monte Alban...the site is within half-hour from city center. You might be better off booking a taxi back and forth, in order to dictate your own timing at the site. As it is, we got picked up at 10am from city center hotel - drove to a nearby meeting spot to connect with other vans from the company and to switch people around which I know is common amongst larger tour companies. Unlike the Mitla experience, the tour drivers / organizers seemed a bit confused - we were mixed in with full-day Monte Alban guests, and they asking us which tour we were on, and looking for people they seemed to not have picked up yet. After the time the half-dayers were all packed on-board and ready and on way, it was just about 11am when we arrived to the site. But then..there was confusion on who had pre-paid entrance to the site, and the van host only had a limited of tickets on hand. I believe since we paid via Viator in advance, we were taken care of - but we still had to wait for everyone else to get through the ticket queue in order to start the in-person tour on-site. So the two of us were left stewing for another half-hour waiting, and wasting time as we knew the end was 1pm. We could have gone off on our own, but would ave missed out on pre-paid guide At 11:30, we finally got the English-speaking tour group together. Now, the guide this day - Antonio - was wonderfully knowledgeable and conscious of keeping time. He has a wealth of experience, and has Zapotec heritage to add color to his commentary. We also experienced him on the Mitla tour, and consider anyone in his group lucky. Again, the site is great and beautiful - smaller than Chichen Itza but comparable to Uxmal, I think. Antonio finished his guided tour at 12:30, which left only a half-hour for time on our own to explore the areas not shown by Antonio - including the primary north and south structures. There was a 1pm hard stop, as we were mixed in with the full-day group, and those folk needed to get moving to their next stop. Understood, but why should that limit the half-day? We could have used at least a half-hour more on our own. I know some other reviewers mentioned they stayed on, and taxi'd / bus'd back on their own - which we considered. The mixture of hectic and confusing pick-up and sorting out the group clouded my experience, as it soured me before we even got to see anything. Based on our experience with Turismo a couple of days before - on a full-day to Mitla - I'd recommend heading to Monte Alban on your own if you're a ruins fan. But if you're a casual tourist not interested in more than a couple hours in the sun walking, then this may work.

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