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Monte Alban

Historical Site
Address: Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico
Phone: +52 951 516 1215

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It turns out that you are like this Mexico|Before the World Heritage Site of Mount Alban came to Mexico, Li Miao's knowledge of this country besides food was the mysterious Mayan civilization. Therefore, when you come to Oaxaca, the culturally richest place in Mexico, your first stop is to explore the monuments. Mount Alban is located in the Oaxaca Valley about 10 kilometers west of the city of Oaxaca. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987. In the 7th century BC, the ancient Indians of Olmeca built a city here. The center of the city was set aside 42 square kilometers as a place of worship, and buildings such as tombs, pyramid temples, football fields, and observatory were built. There are also exquisite murals and reliefs painted in the tomb, and a large number of funerary objects are stored. In the museum at the entrance of the scenic spot, watch the funerary objects dug up from the ruins, and listen to the horrible stories told by the guide aunt. She also told us that due to the immaturity of archaeological technology that year, many ancient relics were destroyed, so most of the stories were imagined by later generations, and many of them could not be verified. Recommended ways to play For those traveling alone, taking a day trip should be the easiest and most cost-effective option. The hostel where I live has detailed various day trip information in the booking email, and the front desk also provides reservations. Including: 4 attractions; equipped with: a special bus for traveling, a bilingual guide in English and Spanish, and a driver; cost: 220 pesos (including round-trip transportation) + tip (the tour guide and the driver are usually about 20 pesos each), each attraction ticket is at your own expense , A special lunch will be arranged midway, and the fee will be charged according to the actual consumption (Li Miao’s meal cost 150 pesos); entrance fee: 60 pesos (the specific amount is not clear). Language: Most scenic spots are only introduced in Spanish. The local tour guides are basically uncles and aunts with a heavy accent. If your language is not fluent enough, you can do it all by yourself. I met a group of local girls in school uniforms in the lobby of the museum, and they began to whisper eagerly when they saw Li Miao. Finally, when I was about to leave the museum, they sent a representative to summon the courage to step forward and ask me where I came from in broken English. When I said China, everyone wowed excitedly and asked if they could take a photo with me. In the next group photo session, Li Miao seemed to be regarded as a big star, and he was a little flattered. It confirms the words of Martin, the owner of the Youth Hostel, that there are indeed very few Chinese tourists here. It's a pity that the little girls used their mobile phones to take a lot of photos. I left behind because I didn't want my colleagues to wait too long to rush back to the team, but I didn't leave a group photo. Compared to other regions in Mexico, Oaxaca is considered the least economically backward place, and perhaps this is why the local culture here remains the most complete. However, the happiness of the locals is undisguised on their faces, which makes Oaxaca the most cost-effective place to visit in Mexico. The first stop in Mexico, I really like this place! Sun protection and mosquito prevention measures must be taken in Mexico!

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  • markandrewla
    markandrewla
    Los Angeles, California
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    Awe Inspiring

    Such a magical place to visit. 2500 years of history in one location. Hire a local guide to have the full experience and learn about the Zapotec Civilization.

    Reviewed on /Date(1613642662000+0800)/
  • BotiMX
    BotiMX
    Mexico City, Mexico
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    A most in Oaxaca

    One of mexico's most important archeological sites!! 15 min away from the center!! Take hiking shoes and a hat!!

    Reviewed on /Date(1613372006000+0800)/
  • tanyamp333
    tanyamp333
    Austin, Texas
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    Expansive site with awesome history

    During covid the hours are limited. As of my visit on feb 5. 2021 the site opens at 10am and only allows 400 visitors per day. It wasn’t crowded at all. We caught a shuttle -round trip from downtown O...

    Reviewed on /Date(1612531229000+0800)/
  • 954hollyb
    954hollyb
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    Amazing!

    Truly beautiful views, amazing history. Highly recommend going on a tour. If you’re in Oaxaca, this is a must stop for a half day trip.

    Reviewed on /Date(1612425646000+0800)/
  • fercassa56
    fercassa56
    Tijuana, México
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    Monte Albán a must

    Great place to visit, interesting place, a must to visit.many things to buy, vccghffgfdhjjhfghjjfdryjkjj

    Reviewed on /Date(1611913476000+0800)/

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