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Monte Alban, Oaxaca

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Looming 400 m (1,300 ft) above the Oaxaca Valley, Monte Alban is the most majestic of the state’s ancient ruins. Translated as the “White Mountain,” the vast pre-Colombian archaeological site shows evidence of a network of dams, canals, pyramids and artificial moulds carved out of the mountain by the Zapotec people from as early as 500 BC. Inhabited over a period of 1,500 years, many of the ancient remnants are considered symbols of a sacred topography, and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Tread ancient paths past altars, pyramids and 170 known tombs, then wind your way to the great plaza for spectacular 360 degree views of the valleys below. You can plan Oaxaca trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • Oaxaca is deservedly a popular winter holiday destination with Mexican citizens and foreigners alike. The weather is grand (80 F.), there are many interesting sites nearby, the food and shopping are....  more »
  • With a local guide, we had a most interesting tour of this beautiful archaeological site. The history is fascinating and the site itself is both beautiful and mystical. We would happily visit again...  more »
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  • A deeply spiritual experience these ruins are situated on top of mountain that overlooks the stunning city, rolling hills and valleys of Oaxaca. The grounds of Monte Albán are well kept and leave you in awe of the astounding history this majestic place has endured through the ages. A must see when visiting Oaxaca!
  • Breathtaking site, superb view, with explanations signs all around
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