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Southern Mexico, Mexico
Monte Albán/half day tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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
Gratuities
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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103 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

Showing 1-10 of 103 reviews
star-5
We had a great excursion...
Dcimpey
, May 2022
We had a great excursion to the ancient ruins. We had a comfortable tour bus and our tour guide was most informative.
star-5
Loved it
Robin_D
, 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.
star-4
reliable company, informative tour, much climbing including steep steps without rails
Deborah_M
, 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.
star-5
A cherished memory
Willie_K
, 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
star-5
Amazing experience!
Jahara_C
, 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!
star-5
It is a really fast tour...
Daniel_F
, 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
star-5
Excellent tour with amazing views and history
Johnathan_R
, 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.
star-5
Great tour, I highly...
Maria_C
, Apr 2022
Great tour, I highly recommended this tour. The tour guy was very informative, we learned a lot about the culture. Great food!
star-5
We really enjoyed this...
Stephen_H
, Mar 2022
We really enjoyed this excursion our guide was very knowledgeable. If you are interested in history it’s a must see.
star-5
great value
Paisley_G
, 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!
star-5
Interesting educational morning with amazing sights and views
Nina_W
, 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.
star-4
The tour picked us up on...
Daniel_O
, 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
star-5
Impressive site, excellent tour programme with compelling guide
David_B
, 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.
star-5
Worthwhile tour
Debbie_C
, 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.
star-5
A wonderful Monte Albán Experience
Elizabeth_C
, Dec 2021
The company was very organized and we arrived at the site early. The guide was very well informed and made the history come to life. The whole family felt that they had an amazing experience. Pick up and return home went well.
star-3
Could have been better
thecrisafulli
, Dec 2021
Drove around for 45 minutes in very heavy traffic picking people up and then another 15 sitting in van while the office staff got organized and they checked everyone in. Not a good start. We had to ask what was happening no info was offered. Then when we got there we waited again while the staff got organized again and bought tickets. Nothing was planned out. The guide inside was nice but the stories were too long. We ended up just separating from the group and going on our own. The site itself is interesting but you could get a driver and go up yourself. The ticket to get in is 80 pesos pp.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Unmissable to the see the archaeology and views of Monte Alban pyramids UNESCO site
Ana_G
, Dec 2021
Unmissable trip to the see the ancient pyramids at Monte Alban Such a developed society and way of life in archaeology of the ruins The views are no less impressive The size of the group is perfect and the guide was just outstanding He knew the stories, the vegetation and the history to perfection.
star-5
Great tour! Worth every penny
Mirna_R
, Dec 2021
Highly recommend tour! Beautiful, rich in history, guide very informative. Learn a lot and at end given the opportunity to explore the grounds on your own. Lots of photo opportunities.
star-5
Nice half day tour!
Ryan_G
, Nov 2021
It was exactly as described and our guide was passionate with great english. Communication was excellent.
star-5
Viator to Monte Albán was excellent
Michele_S
, Nov 2021
Viator was incredibly professional. Easy online booking followed by email and text confirmations. Detailed information to prepare for the trip. Timely pick up and journey to the site. While COVID protocols are limiting entrance at Monte Albán - thereby requiring early arrival and waiting at the site before they opened - our guide made it smooth and easy. Monte Albán itself was amazing. Highly recommend this visit and this tour company.

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