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How to Get to Monte Alban & What To Do

 Monte Albán is an ancient archaeological site located near Oaxaca City in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. It was once the capital of the Zapotec civilization and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its impressive pyramids, temples, and ballcourts.

How to Get to Monte Alban by your own

From Oaxaca City Monte Albán is about 10 kilometers (6 miles) southwest of Oaxaca City. You can reach it by car, taxi, or guided tour.

Many tour companies offer half-day trips to the site. Here we are gonna show you the cheapest way to get there. 

From Hotel Casa Maguey you have to walk to Francisco Javier Mina Street #501 in Oaxaca downtown, click here to see the location on Google Maps.

Once there you will see in large letters the  transportation office company that makes this trip continuously during the day, you will see a large sign that says «Monte Alban». You enter, go to the ticket window and buy the trip at a time that suits you best.

We recommend you arrive early, althoug the arrival time is short,  fills easily.

They will leave you at the entrance of the archaeological site and to return you will take the same transportation which will leave you on the same street where your trip began.

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What to Do

 

Explore the Ruins: Wander through the expansive archaeological site to marvel at the ancient structures, including pyramids, tombs, and observatories. Don’t miss the Main Plaza, the South Platform, and the Ballcourt.

Visit the Museum: Check out the on-site museum to learn more about the history and culture of Monte Albán and the Zapotec civilization. It houses artifacts and exhibits related to the site’s excavation and significance.

Enjoy the View: Climb to the top of the Grand Plaza for panoramic views of the surrounding valley and Oaxaca City. It’s a perfect spot for photos and taking in the beauty of the landscape.

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What to Eat

After exploring Monte Albán, indulge in some authentic Oaxacan cuisine in nearby restaurants or markets. Try traditional dishes like mole, tlayudas, quesadillas, and chapulines (grasshoppers). Don’t forget to pair your meal with a refreshing agua fresca or mezcal, a local alcoholic beverage.

Best Time to Go

 The best time to visit Monte Albán is during the dry season, which typically spans from November to May. The weather is more pleasant during this time, with sunny days and cooler temperatures, making it ideal for exploring the archaeological site. However, be prepared for crowds, especially during peak tourist season from December to April.

Additional Tips

Wear Comfortable Shoes: The terrain at Monte Albán can be uneven and rocky, so wear sturdy, comfortable shoes for walking and exploring.

Bring Sun Protection: Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as there’s little shade available at the site.

Respect the Site: Help preserve Monte Albán by staying on designated paths, refraining from climbing on structures, and avoiding littering.

Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Monte Albán as you explore its ancient ruins and stunning surroundings. Enjoy your visit to this fascinating archaeological site.

Remember that we also offer different types of tours for all budgets to several «must to see» points in Oaxaca that can include round-trip  from Casa Maguey Hotel, meals, english guide, and much more. 

I hope this guide is useful to you in planning your visit to Oaxaca!

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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