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Southern Mexico, Mexico
Monte Albán/half day tour

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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
Food and drinks
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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8:00 AM
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
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  • 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.
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The buildings talk
, Jul 2022
Love the part about acoustical rock. Love the hexagon star/sun/moon observatory that’s all i’m going to say
1 traveler found this review helpful
Views into the past and present
, Jul 2022
The views are amazing. The guide(s) do a fantastic job of explaining the history of the Zapotec culture and it’s impact on Oxaca as it is today. Great explanations in both Spanish and English. Let’s Go Clemente!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Not a botany enthusiast
, Jul 2022
I rated this tour a 3, just a pass, not impressive. I guess it depends what one is coming to see or hear in this tour. I wanted to learn a little bit about the ruins, not about the plants, shrubs or trees around the place which is what the tour guide Moises did for a good 40 minutes of the tour. If u r a botanist i guess that is fine, i am not. I felt a good amount of my time was wasted on his talk about the plants. So i guess it will depend which guide one gets as the other reviews where i based my selection from were happy w their guides.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Definitely take this tour!
, Jun 2022
The clapping and acoustic was so interesting. Antonio was great - so knowledgeable and respectful of the past.
Seeing the ruins and...
, Jun 2022
Seeing the ruins and getting the info from the guide. The history and the hypothesis of it all. Definitely recommend visiting Monte Alban.
Guide was incredibly...
, Jun 2022
Guide was incredibly informative and gave us plenty of time to walk around the site. Transport to site was easy. Would highly recommend.
We had a great excursion...
, May 2022
We had a great excursion to the ancient ruins. We had a comfortable tour bus and our tour guide was most informative.
Loved it
, May 2022
Antonio was such an amazing guide and the day was incredible. We learnt so much about the local history of Oaxaca and Monte Alban. A truly incredible experience.
reliable company, informative tour, much climbing including steep steps without rails
, May 2022
Moses our guide is very knowledgeable and informative. I learned a lot. Was really surprised when we were left to make our way back to the entrance and the only way to get there was to descend a steep, roughly hewn set of old steps with no rail. I had to sit down and go down on my bum, one step at a time. The guide should have accompanied me or arranged for someone to walk me back to the start using a different, gentler route. The rest of the experience was excellent. Good drivers.
A cherished memory
, Apr 2022
The guide was fabulous He had such knowledge and passion for the history culture and respect. Amazing that this is available for everyone to see
Amazing experience!
, Apr 2022
Antonio was an amazing guide and a teacher - he made the experience worthwhile and meaningful. His pace was also very easy to follow. Thank you!
It is a really fast tour...
, Apr 2022
It is a really fast tour as it is close and the visiting time is limited now due to the pandemics . The city is quite interesting , and the landscape completes it
Excellent tour with amazing views and history
, Apr 2022
The views and history were amazing to see! We went with a small group and the tour was presented well in both Spanish and English. There was a spot to use the restroom and get water before the full walk too.
Great tour, I highly...
, Apr 2022
Great tour, I highly recommended this tour. The tour guy was very informative, we learned a lot about the culture. Great food!
We really enjoyed this...
, Mar 2022
We really enjoyed this excursion our guide was very knowledgeable. If you are interested in history it’s a must see.
great value
, Mar 2022
really well organised with pick up from our air b n b. we had a great guide called antonio, who was super knowledgeable and friendly - even though our group was quite difficult and included some rather demanding characters. great value for money!
Interesting educational morning with amazing sights and views
, Mar 2022
Tour guide was great very knowledgeable and passionate. Group wasn’t too big - 11 of us. The place was stunning and fascinating as well as the views. Pick up and drop off was swift and problem free.
The tour picked us up on...
, Feb 2022
The tour picked us up on time and got us into the site early. The guide did a nice job of explaining the cultural and historical significance of everything we saw. I wish the group had been slightly smaller and moved a faster pace to cover more of the site, but overall it was an amazing experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Impressive site, excellent tour programme with compelling guide
, Feb 2022
An amazing tour, brought to life by our tour guide Antonio - whose ability to relate the changes experienced in Monte Alban to life and modern Mexico were a standout feature. Monte Alban itself is really interesting and has seen so much history, with impressive temples positioned on a mountain overlooking Oaxaca and surrounding valleys.
Worthwhile tour
, Jan 2022
Antonio the guide was knowledgeable and interesting. His English was very good. His background as an anthropologist and a curandero added a lot to the great experience.

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