Monte Albán, Mexico

About thirty minutes from the city of Oaxaca, in Mexico, is a treasure of an archaelogical site that turned out to be my favorite thing to do in Mexico: Monte Albán.

Believed to have been built around 600 BC, it served as the capital of the Zapotec civilization for almost 1 300 years, after which it was occupied by the Mixtecs until the Spanish conquest in the 16th century.



It’s a bit tricky to get there on your own, but it’s totally worth it. If you stay in a hostel, most of them organize tours pretty much every day. But during that part of my trip I was in an airbnb with friends in a remote part of Oaxaca, so instead of figuring out the buses, we decided to split a cab there and back, which turned out to be about 200 pesos total. That’s about $15.


Monte Alban is a little less famous than the Teotihuacan pyramids, near Mexico City, and since the site is so big we never felt like it was too crowded to trully enjoy the day trip. It was awesome at times to feel completely alone in the middle of this gigantic mount of ruins, with the warm sun of Mexico on my shoulders and the dry air of the desert in my nose.

The admission price was 70 pesos (about $5).


That’s it for me!

Have you ever visited this site? 

Or have you seen any other ruins in Mexico?

Please let me know in the comments! 🙂

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  1. I love ruins in Mexico. I was in Teotihuacan once and it has groups of people and it is a bit crowded on the top. I always enjoy less-crowded places so Monte Alban is on my list!


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