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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 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.
  • Tour of Monte Alban ancient archaeological ruins from Oaxaca
  • Gaze at panoramic views from a hilltop location
  • Discover magnificent temples, pyramids and tombs at this UNESCO site
  • Learn about the Zapotec culture from your professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned coach included
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Local English- and Spanish-speaking guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Oaxaca , Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico

calle 5 de Mayo esquina con Murguia, Centro, cp. 68000 o en el lobby del Hotel Quinta Real

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Please arrive 1 minute before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started. Due to the pandemic, the archaeological site is receiving a certain number of visitors, so we start the collection at 07:00 am to be among the 400 visitors allowed per day. Please write the name of your hotel in the comments, otherwise we will assume that we will meet at the Quinta Real hotel at the time confirmed by message This could be from 7:15 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. (It is important to confirm the tour one day before) we will wait 2 hours in line before entering the tour is from 10am to 1:30 pm approximately
Enjoy midmorning pickup from your Oaxaca hotel and travel by comfortable 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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Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban
Explora los tesoros culturales que rodean Oaxaca en un viaje de 2 horas y media. Comenzamos por Monte Albán, declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO en el año de 1987, descubre los maravillosos edificios de esta antigua ciudad Zapoteca, así también como su historia y cultura que tenían. Debido a la contingencia COVID-19 el tiempo para este recorrido puede prolongarse mas del tiempo establecido en el itinerario. Nota: es obligatorio el uso de cubrebocas, lentes o careta. la recogida empieza a las 7:00am, debido a que se hace una fila de aproximadamente de 2 horas para poder accesar a la zona arqueológica.El tour finaliza aproximadamente a la 1:30pm Recomendaciones generales: * por el tiempo de espera deberán ir desayunados o llevar box lunch * ropa y calzado cómodos * una botella de agua * sombrero, bloqueador Cualquier cambio será notificado 24 horas antes del servicio. Agradecemos su comprensión
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Turismo el Convento de Oaxaca
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Monte Albán/half day tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Monte Albán/half day tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Monte Albán/half day tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Monte Albán/half day tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Nice half day tour!
, Nov 2021
It was exactly as described and our guide was passionate with great english. Communication was excellent.
Viator to Monte Albán was excellent
, Nov 2021
Viator was incredibly professional. Easy online booking followed by email and text confirmations. Detailed information to prepare for the trip. Timely pick up and journey to the site. While COVID protocols are limiting entrance at Monte Albán - thereby requiring early arrival and waiting at the site before they opened - our guide made it smooth and easy. Monte Albán itself was amazing. Highly recommend this visit and this tour company.
Monte Alban is a Must See - - But Probably Not With Viator
, Nov 2021
Monte Alban was awesome and not to be missed. But Viator (who I have used on several occasions and very much enjoyed) messed up on this tour. We were supposed to be picked up at 7:15 am IN THE LOBBY OF THE HOTEL QUINTA REAL. That is exactly how Viator described the departure point. Also, we were staying at the Quinta Real so we were a happy pair. At 7:45, after waiting one half hour, we were approached by a tour person. The coach was around the corner, presumably had arrived on time, and was nearly full. We weren't even able to sit together. Visiting Monte Alban is not easy because you have to ge there early in order to guarantee admission and that means waiting on the coach for 2 hours until the site opens. But that is not Viator's fault. On the return trip, I assumed the dropoff point would also be the Qunta Real but that is not what happened. The coach made several stops along the way further from the city center to let people off at their hotels. The traffic was near gridlock once we got back to Oaxaca. We were the last people to be dropped off almost an hour past the time they told us we could expect to be dropped off. Monte Alban was five stars; Viator was two stars at best.
Great cultural experience
, Nov 2021
Very friendly, flexible, great service . Love the tour, well explained. Great transportation. Awesomeness fully
Great tour with excellent guide!
, Oct 2021
The tour was great, we got picked up at our Airbnb even though we weren’t right in the centro. Our guide, Jorge, was awesome! We felt the tour was the right amount of time, not too long or too short and we were dropped off before 2 to enjoy the rest of our day.
Don’t miss this amazing place
, Oct 2021
Wonderful to see such an amazing site, and get to walk around and up and over it. Great guide, with interesting info on the buildings and history and also the local flora.
Unforgettable experience
, Oct 2021
We had an excelente time . Our guide was Jorge. He was very nice and knowledgeable. An unforgettable experience!
Great tour (but a 2 & 1/2 hour wait to enter)
, Aug 2021
Our Zapotec tour guide was awesome-super knowledgeable and clearly cared about the ruins. The ruins were phenomenal. But 4 stars because this company really should let people know that they’re going to be waiting for 2 and half hours to enter the ruins because of Covid crowd restrictions. You arrive at 7:30 and enter at the earliest at 10. This may be old fashioned but I would have brought a book (and a coffee) if I had known. Recommend putting this info on your site.
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Awesome experience
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was a great speaker. She kept us engaged. We were very accommodated in that we received way more on the tour than expected. She also took care to do tour in both English and Spanish, and picked us up/dropped us off at our desired location. I am in great awe of Monte Alban and Oaxaca. Book this tour!
A Must
, Jun 2021
If you’re looking for a tour guide, Antonio is your man. He is extremely polite, knowledgeable, and professional. You can tell his heart is in this. He sincerely loves his culture and it’s evident through his sharing of local history. He is flawless in transitioning between his English and Spanish to accommodate all persons on his tours. He loves to answer questions.

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