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Visit Monte Alban, pre-Columbian ruined city

Monte Alban

Take a guided tour of the ancient Zapotec city of Monte Albán, an important archaeological site with sweeping views from its mountain-top location.

The ancient Zapotec city of Monte Albán reclines across a picturesque mountain top, its low-set pyramids and plazas splayed out in front of superb valley views. At its height this major settlement was home to a highly sophisticated society of over 25,000 inhabitants.

The archaeological site is just a short drive away from Oaxaca. Its focal point, the Great Plaza, is a great place to begin the tour with the key structures all around you – these include altars, ceremonial platforms, step pyramids and the ball court, where sacrificial victims would be selected according to the result of the Mesoamerican ballgame. At the far north end, there are a number of tombs containing paintings and symbolic stone carvings. 

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  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Consultant

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

  • Evie Oswald
    Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant

    It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

  • Lina Fuller
    Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • Kathryn Rhodes
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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