Private tours in Oaxaca City
Monte Alban is easily one of the best sites in Mexico, and a great place to visit on day trips from Oaxaca. Set at 1,940 meters above sea level and rising around 400 meters from the valley floor at less than 10 km from Oaxaca, the hilltop site will not only be great to explore in and of itself but also a fantastic place to get views of the surrounding region.
The site, whose name means “White Mountain,” is one of the most important one in the Oaxaca Valley – it was the capital of the Zapotec civilization between 500 BC and 850 AD. When the Spaniards arrived in the area, the site had already been abandoned.
The site is known for the unique dimensions and chronology and has been a focus of archeological study for many years. Monte Alban was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.