This is an amazing opportunity to understand the origins of what Mexico is nowadays.

Rene Cabrera

René

Declared a World Heritage Site, Monte Albán was one of the most important cities in ancient Mesoamerica. During its peak, the city of Monte Albán housed a population of 35,000 people.

MONTE ALBÁN is the largest archaeological site in Oaxaca. The Great Plaza covers an area of more than three hectares (7.5-8 acres). Including the structures adjacent to the plaza, the complex covers 20 hectares (43 acres) at the summit of a hill which rises 400 meters (1320 feet) from the valley floor. Nearly all of the buildings, public and residential, are oriented to the cardinal directions.

The ancient capital of the Zapotecs, Monte Albán, was occupied for more than 1200 years from 500 B.C. to 750 A.D.

Monte Albán is Oaxaca´s best example of an urban center with a large central plaza. The plaza must have served as the principal market place and the focus of administrative and ceremonial activities of the community. The Main Plaza is spacious and accessible from various sectors of the city. Large carved stone monuments attest to its public nature.

ITINERARY:

We will meet at Casa de las Bugambilias B&B or at the front desk of your hotel, from where we will drive to the archaeological site, which is approximately 30 minutes (8.5 miles) from downtown Oaxaca. We will start the tour at the on-site museum, which will give you a good introduction to what we will see at the archaeological site. We will continue the tour at the “North Platform”, the “Great Plaza”, the “Los Danzantes” Building, the “Observatory”, and the “Main Shrine”, ending the tour at the “Ball Court”.

MEETING POINT:
All the customers lodged in downtown Oaxaca will be picked up at the front desk of their hotel or at any other place in downtown Oaxaca.
We will establish a meeting point by telephone or email for travelers residing outside the city.
All tours normally end at the starting point, but this can be changed to another place in downtown Oaxaca if the customer prefers.

DURATION:
4 hours. Weather and traffic conditions might affect the length of the tour.

TRANSPORTATION:
VVW Transporter Mod. 2014 with A/C, liability insurance, purified water and driver.

INCLUDED:
The service includes transportation, an English-speaking tour guide and soft drinks.

ADDITIONAL COSTS:
Admission fee: $75 pesos per person, additional beverages.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
We recommend you bring walking shoes, sunblock, a hat, sunglasses and a camera.

TOUR PRICE:
1-9 persons: $50 USD per person

 

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