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We enjoyed this 1/2 day tour. The pick-up was on time. The guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Monte Alban is fantastic.
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!
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.
Great tour, excellent information and a guide who was extremely knowledgable
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 !
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
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
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.
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.
Very much enjoyed this tour. I learnt so much about the archeological site of Monte Alban and it's worth every penny. Thanks!
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!
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.
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.
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 :)
My husband and I were very pleased with this tour. We were picked up at our hotel in a very clean, air-conditioned bus with a very friendly driver. Our tour to Monte Alban was with only 1 other couple. Moses, our guide, spoke very good English and was extremely friendly and attentive. At the site, we were the only 2 on the English-speaking tour so we got our own guide. Moses spent a lot of time explaining not only the archeological history but the use of plants and other resources as well. We found this quite interesting. We had the last hour to roam the site, visit the museum, or shop the gift shop. Perfect 1/2 day trip! Glad we read the other reviews that recommended hats, sunscreen and water too. Quite useful.
Fantastic site, good guide who gave many details. Was the only English speaking person on this bilingual tour, still got most of the info the Spanish speaking tourists got
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.
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.
too short a tour, tour guide left us with another company, too expensive versus local english tours. Overall not a good tour.
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