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Details

  • 3 hours (Approx.)
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Overview Overview

Discover what makes the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Monte Alban one of greatest archeological sites in the Oaxaca Valley! This 3-hour tour takes you by comfortable coach to the nearby ruins, which rest on a panoramic mountaintop with views of Oaxaca. Your professional guide will lead a tour through the vast complex filled with pyramids, ceremonial rock carvings, a huge ball court and 170 excavated tombs. Round-trip hotel transport is included.

Highlights
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Led by a local guide
Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • Local English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Monte Alban
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Oaxaca hotels. If staying at a residency/house, meeting point is Hotel Quinta Real in the historical center.
Traveler pickup is offered


Pick up is available for all the hotels downtown, please write your hotel name under comments. otherwise we meet at hotel Quinta Real @09:50 am.


Pick up is available for all the hotels downtown, please write your hotel name under comments. otherwise we meet at hotel Quinta Real @09:50 am.

Departure Time

10am

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Operates

Daily

What to Expect What to Expect

Monte Alban, whose name means ‘White Mountain,’ is located on a vast mountaintop expanse with spectacular 360-degree views of the city and surrounding Oaxaca Valley. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Oaxaca City, the pre-Columbian archeological site is considered the most magnificent of the region’s ancient ruins.
Upon pickup from your hotel at 10am, travel by comfortable coach to the site, located approximately 20 minutes away. You’ll explore the immense and well-preserved complex on foot as you tour the grounds with your knowledgeable guide. Visit pyramids, temples and altars, as well as several residential structures – all constructed around the rectangular Grand Plaza, a large open area on the flattened plateau.
See the I-shaped ball court constructed in 100 BC, and climb to the South Platform (Plataforma Sur), a large area known for its wide staircase and great panoramic views. Learn interesting facts from your guide about Zapotec history and culture as you gaze at ceremonial platforms, including a series of significant 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.
Spend some free time exploring on your own and capturing great photos before re-boarding your coach back to Oaxaca, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel around 1pm.

Hotel Pickup Hotel Pickup

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Additional Info Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Reviews

24 Reviews
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Alfredo S A

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15, June, 2018

Daniel gave us the best tour of Monte Alban. I learned so much this time around my second visit.
I highly recommend this tour!

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Calvertdoc

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5/5
07, February, 2018

We enjoyed this 1/2 day tour. The pick-up was on time. The guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Monte Alban is fantastic.

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oldmacmillan

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26, December, 2017

What a powerhouse of archeological information! Unbelievable that this massive site on the outskirts of Oaxaca City was
discovered less than 100 years ago! Our guide, Antonio, was so passionate about Monte Alban, that he made us wish we had signed up with him for the whole day tour rather than the 3 hour tour! He seems to have absolutely thrived on sharing his expansive knowledge of this area with visitors to his city. Would do this tour again in a heartbeat! ENJOY!

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holybucket

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09, November, 2017

I only had a few hours in the morning before a wedding, but I had to see Monte Alban.

Logistically, it was easy. I was staying at Hotel Azul, and they picked me up, transported me to their office where everyone on the same tour got put onto the same bus and we were off! The drive isn't too long, maybe 30-45 minutes.

Once you arrive, the tour guide gets you inside the complex, and then gives you a thorough explanation about the history of the site, the people, plants, animals, etc. He was really informative and you could ask him anything and he would explain it to you. I took the tour in English, and he was giving everything explained in both Spanish and English so it was great for everyone.

The site itself is very wide and open, and there are certain things you can go on, and others that you can just look at, but it has great vistas of the city and the whole area with mountains all around you.

Tips for people considering:
--There are tons of daytime mosquitos that are roaming around the entire grounds. They have an anesthetic when they bite so you can't feel them at first like a leech, but let me tell you, their bites get really big and cause big red sores, so either wear bug spray, or wear pants to be safe.
-Lots of sunscreen and a hat are needed. You'll be standing outside and walking around for the entire tour, and the sun at that altitude and more towards the equator will wreck you otherwise.

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Felicia D

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08, November, 2017

Fabulous tour by our guide Apollo.

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mcleanking

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05, August, 2017

Well organized, informative, and plenty of free time. The bilingual guide effectively communicated in both Spanish and English with ease. This is an excellent half-day experience when visiting Oaxaca.

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Lisa S

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2/5
30, January, 2017

We weren't thrilled with our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable but went into way too much detail. He was going to give us time to wander on our own but time was running out and I don't think we were even 25 through the tour yet. Other groups were walking around at a pretty good pace and we were stuck near the entrance. He also got angry when we wandered to take pictures, saying he would give us time at the end. We paid for the tour and if we didn't want to hang on his every word that was our problem, not his. We ended up asking what time the bus would leave and just taking off on our own so we could see more of Monte Alban.

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Alice H

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22, January, 2017

Very professional and very interesting

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Alice H

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22, January, 2017

Very interesting and very professional

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Robert S

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03, January, 2017

Great site - absolute must visit for anyone in Oaxaca and interested in Zapotec culture and ruins. This review is for the tour itself. Turismo el Convento was the contracted operator we had used them for the Mitla full-day tour earlier in our stay, and that was good all-around. For the half-day option to Monte Alban...the site is within half-hour from city center. You might be better off booking a taxi back and forth, in order to dictate your own timing at the site. As it is, we got picked up at 10am from city center hotel - drove to a nearby meeting spot to connect with other vans from the company and to switch people around which I know is common amongst larger tour companies. Unlike the Mitla experience, the tour drivers / organizers seemed a bit confused - we were mixed in with full-day Monte Alban guests, and they asking us which tour we were on, and looking for people they seemed to not have picked up yet. After the time the half-dayers were all packed on-board and ready and on way, it was just about 11am when we arrived to the site. But then..there was confusion on who had pre-paid entrance to the site, and the van host only had a limited of tickets on hand. I believe since we paid via Viator in advance, we were taken care of - but we still had to wait for everyone else to get through the ticket queue in order to start the in-person tour on-site. So the two of us were left stewing for another half-hour waiting, and wasting time as we knew the end was 1pm. We could have gone off on our own, but would ave missed out on pre-paid guide At 11:30, we finally got the English-speaking tour group together. Now, the guide this day - Antonio - was wonderfully knowledgeable and conscious of keeping time. He has a wealth of experience, and has Zapotec heritage to add color to his commentary. We also experienced him on the Mitla tour, and consider anyone in his group lucky. Again, the site is great and beautiful - smaller than Chichen Itza but comparable to Uxmal, I think. Antonio finished his guided tour at 12:30, which left only a half-hour for time on our own to explore the areas not shown by Antonio - including the primary north and south structures. There was a 1pm hard stop, as we were mixed in with the full-day group, and those folk needed to get moving to their next stop. Understood, but why should that limit the half-day? We could have used at least a half-hour more on our own. I know some other reviewers mentioned they stayed on, and taxi'd / bus'd back on their own - which we considered. The mixture of hectic and confusing pick-up and sorting out the group clouded my experience, as it soured me before we even got to see anything. Based on our experience with Turismo a couple of days before - on a full-day to Mitla - I'd recommend heading to Monte Alban on your own if you're a ruins fan. But if you're a casual tourist not interested in more than a couple hours in the sun walking, then this may work.

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Eric B

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05, November, 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed leading our tour. If anything, I found the tour too short. While he explained the finer points of Monte Alban's astronomical purposes, for example, we really didn't get to see much of the site itself. My partner and I decided not to return with the group to Oaxaca, and stayed a couple of extra hours to simply explore on our own, and I'm very glad we did. The site allows you to wander in among several of the structures, which we would not have been able to do on the tour. A regular shuttle from Monte Alban to Oaxaca took us back for only 25 pesos each. Make every effort you can to see this incredible place.

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Hannah D

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03, November, 2016

Great tour, excellent information and a guide who was extremely knowledgable

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Ruth H

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31, August, 2016

Amazing trip! Our guide Daniel was so knowledgable and friendly without being overbearing. It was the perfect mix of history, and exploration. Would recommend this to anyone. Totally worth the !

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Amanda S

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23, August, 2016

Tour was exactly as I hoped. Initially I was nervous as I'm a first time user of Viator. When I made the booking I first could not see in the confirmation where my pick up location was but when I expanded detail it was clear. Pick up was local. English guide great and organisation end to end good :)

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Joy C

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23, July, 2016

Excellent guide. A great tour

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Nadirah B

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11, January, 2016

This was a great trip. The site itself is just 20 minutes outside of Oaxaca so it's definitely worth your morning if you're in the city. The tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging and the ruins and surrounding landscape are absolutely incredible. It wasn't at all crowded and we were able to climb the steps of the pyramids. The 3-hour excursion offered just enough time to get informed and explore the site on our own. Highly recommend.

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Lydia F

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01, December, 2015

Amazing- breathtaking views

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Andrea D

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13, October, 2015

My husband and I were very pleased with this tour. We were picked up at our hotel in a very clean, air-conditioned bus with a very friendly driver. Our tour to Monte Alban was with only 1 other couple. Moses, our guide, spoke very good English and was extremely friendly and attentive. At the site, we were the only 2 on the English-speaking tour so we got our own guide. Moses spent a lot of time explaining not only the archeological history but the use of plants and other resources as well. We found this quite interesting. We had the last hour to roam the site, visit the museum, or shop the gift shop. Perfect 1/2 day trip! Glad we read the other reviews that recommended hats, sunscreen and water too. Quite useful.

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Gabriel N

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14, April, 2015

Fantastic site, good guide who gave many details. Was the only English speaking person on this bilingual tour, still got most of the info the Spanish speaking tourists got

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Dayle M

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07, December, 2014

Our guide Antonio was fantastic! His knowledge of the history of Monte Alban was amazing and he was very personable. His English was clear and concise, we had absolutely no problems understanding him. He catered to the group and answered many questions. I would recommend this tour and would even take it myself again the next time we arrive in the beautiful city of Oaxaca

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