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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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  • 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.

  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

  • JimAshworth
    Jim Ashworth - Travel Consultant

    Jim first caught the Latin American travel bug in 2001 when he decided at the last minute to join a friend travelling around Central America – he hasn't looked back since.

  • 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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