Monte Albán, one of ancient México’s most impressive ceremonial centers, is located very close to Oaxaca city and is definitely a must see for any visitor to Oaxaca. This massive complex of pyramids, terraces and crumbling temples is considered one of the most important examples of pre-Columbian culture in all of México.
Constructed by a culture that possessed a genius for building, this spectacular city is one of the most thoroughly explored archaeological sites in México. Throughout the centuries Monte Albán has continued to amaze those who study the site and has never failed to remain both magical and mysterious.
Founded sometime around 500 AD, Monte Albán was the Zapotec capital and is built on a impressive site which dominated the entire Oaxaca valley. The city reached it’s heyday around 800 AD and at that time supported a population of over 30,000.
There is a museum on site and a well-stocked bookstore. Whether you are arriving with your private tour guide or using a rental car, I suggest an early arrival to beat the busses that bring the group tours to the site. You can hire a registered site guide at the ticket office. The site is open daily from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Location: 5 miles west of Oaxaca.