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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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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

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.

Dayle M Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our guide Antonio was fantastic! His knowledge of the history of Monte Alban was amazing and he was very personable. His English was clear and concise, we had absolutely no problems understanding him. He catered to the group and answered many questions. I would recommend this tour and would even take it myself again the next time we arrive in the beautiful city of Oaxaca

CHRISTINE H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Emil was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. He answered all our questions big and small. Very happy we took this tour and feel lucky to have an excellent guide.

SYLVIA F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

I was delighted with this tour and with our guide - I am an Anthropology sudent and have studied some Meso - American cultures, but my partner is not so inclined. This trip was so well presented that both of us mainatained a high level of interest and enjoyment. We had been to the Santo Domingo Cultural Museum, the prior evening, which contains the treaures from the Monte Alban dig and this really rounded out the "Zapotec Experience" in Oaxaca. Sorry I didn't have time to do Mitla, but I'll be back for another tour. Five stars.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Very much enjoyed this tour. I learnt so much about the archeological site of Monte Alban and it's worth every penny. Thanks!

Bandit USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Great tour from start to finish! The operation was flawless from start to finish. Our guide was knowledgeable about the history of the Zapotec civilization and Monte Alban itself. It's just a short drive away from Oaxaca, which makes it a perfect short tour!

Eric B

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed leading our tour. If anything, I found the tour too short. While he explained the finer points of Monte Alban's astronomical purposes, for example, we really didn't get to see much of the site itself. My partner and I decided not to return with the group to Oaxaca, and stayed a couple of extra hours to simply explore on our own, and I'm very glad we did. The site allows you to wander in among several of the structures, which we would not have been able to do on the tour. A regular shuttle from Monte Alban to Oaxaca took us back for only 25 pesos each. Make every effort you can to see this incredible place.

Amanda S

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Tour was exactly as I hoped. Initially I was nervous as I and #39;m a first time user of Viator. When I made the booking I first could not see in the confirmation where my pick up location was but when I expanded detail it was clear. Pick up was local. English guide great and organisation end to end good :)

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