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Monte Albán
Monte Albán

Monte Albán

Oaxaca, Mexico

Basics

Dating back to around 500 BC, Monte Albán was continually occupied for close to 1,500 years by (at different points) the Zapotecs, Olmecs, and Mixtecs. The site was already abandoned when Spanish colonizers arrived in the 16th century. While not fully excavated, Monte Albán offers many highlights, including vast plazas, palaces, and some of the most elaborate tombs unearthed in the Americas.

Visit Monte Albán during a day trip from Oaxaca City, or combine a stop here with visits to nearby towns and archaeological ruins, such as Arrazola, San Bartolo Coyotepec, and Teotitlán del Valle. Multi-day Oaxaca tours often stop at Monte Albán.

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Monte Albán/half day tour
Monte Albán/half day tour
star-4.5
$35.94 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A wonderful Monte Albán Experience
The company was very organized and we arrived at the site early. The guide was very well informed and made the history come to life. The whole family felt that they had an amazing experience. Pick up and return home went well.
Elizabeth_C, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Oaxaca

star-5
Viator to Monte Albán was excellent
Michele_S, Nov 2021
Monte Albán/half day tour
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.
star-5
Incredible Day
Donovan_D, Nov 2021
Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour
Knowledgeable and personable guides and drivers. Timely pick-up. COVID safe protocols. Incredibly day!!!
star-4
Great tour (but a 2 & 1/2 hour wait to enter)
Spencer_J, Aug 2021
Monte Albán/half day tour
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.
star-5
This half day tour was...
Daniel_D, Dec 2021
Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour
This half day tour was perfect! Our guide Miguel was extremely knowledgeable about Monte Albán! He answered all questions and was passionate to share the history with our group. One of the best tours we’ve had in Mexico!
star-5
Informative
Ralph_Z, Jan 2022
Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour
The explanation of the Los danzantes and our guide’s vast knowledge of the ruins. Miguel’s grasp of English was excellent
star-5
Great tour
Anonymous, Dec 2021
Monte Alban - Full Day Guided Tour with or without Food - Oaxaca
Great guide, good organisation, excellent food. Got lot of information on archeology site. Hotel pick up offered. Communication before the tour went smooth and easy
star-5
Learn a lot about Monte Ablan!
Geraldine_W, Nov 2021
Monte Alban - Full Day Guided Tour with or without Food - Oaxaca
This was a great full day visiting ruins and craft studios! Xenon was timely in the pick up, and the car was comfortable. His explanations and storytelling are detailed and interesting for all the ares of the ruins. It’s clear that he really cares about Oaxaca and sharing it with visitors. I mostly picked this tour to see Monte Ablan, and the craft studios were a nice addition since you get to see the artists at work.
star-5
Great tour!!!
Victoria_B, Nov 2021
Full-Day Monte Alban Archaeological Site and Oaxaca Artisan Experience
Our guides were absolutely incredible and so friendly would 100%take a tour from them again they were extremely knowledgeable
star-4
Monte Albán Excursion
Samantha_B, Nov 2021
Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour
Hearing the history of the people that lived in the area and what they used the area of Monte Albán for (sacrifices).
star-5
Oaxaca trip
Lewis_D, Nov 2021
Private Tour, all inclusive Monte Alban & Atzompa
The knowledge of our guide, Rosario Hernandez was great. A Oaxaca native. Me and my wife had a very good time
star-5
Experience the magic of Oaxaca
Marisa_B, Nov 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
This tour not only exceeded my expectations but set my expectations for other tours so much higher. What an incredible and meaningful day my friend and I had. Antonio, the most wonderful, spirited, personable educator and guide we could have possibly had led our English-speaking group through Monte Albán, sharing its history, its secrets, its stories and truly brought an ancient site alive again. After a very filling lunch of traditional and familiar fare, we visited a small marigold farm and plucked our own marigolds to lay at a Muertos altar. Our hosts were warm and welcoming, teaching us about mezcal and its connection to the land, as well as giving us the opportunity to drink much of it! The other stops, including a Mexican folk art gallery and barro negro pottery gallery absolutely transport you. I had truly wonderful and magical experience.
star-5
Unmissable to the see the archaeology and views of Monte Alban pyramids UNESCO site
Ana_G, Dec 2021
Monte Albán/half day tour
Unmissable trip to the see the ancient pyramids at Monte Alban Such a developed society and way of life in archaeology of the ruins The views are no less impressive The size of the group is perfect and the guide was just outstanding He knew the stories, the vegetation and the history to perfection.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The signage at Monte Albán is in Spanish.

  • There’s a small on-site museum and a gift shop.

  • There is very little shade at Monte Albán, so bring a hat, sunblock, and water.

  • Wear comfortable shoes; Monte Albán is an expansive site.

  • Children aged 13 and under enter for free.

  • Monte Albán is not fully wheelchair accessible due to uneven ground.

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How to Get There

Monte Albán is situated just 5 miles (9 kilometers) outside of Oaxaca City and is easily accessible. Tourist shuttles to the area depart from Mina 518 in Oaxaca City, and organized tours typically include round-trip transportation—as well as stops at other points of interest.

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When to Get There

Monte Albán is open daily from morning until late in the afternoon. It is perhaps Oaxaca’s most popular archaeological site, so visit early to avoid the largest crowds and the worst of the day’s heat. Weekends tend to be busier than weekdays.

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Oaxaca’s Artisan Towns

After you visit Monte Albán, stop at the nearby artisan towns, which are known for producing some of Oaxaca’s most distinctive handicrafts. San Bartolo Coyotepec is known for black clay pottery, and Teotitlán del Valle is famous for handwoven rugs and other textiles. Arrazola is the place to find Oaxacan alebrijes—brightly colored wooden animals.

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