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Oaxaca: Monte Alban and Historic Villages Full-Day Tour

1. Oaxaca: Monte Alban and Historic Villages Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a tour of the extraordinary archaeological zone of Monte Alban, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. Monte Alban, constructed on a plateau at 1,940 meters above sea level, is one of the most representative archaeological sites in Mexico. With pyramids, a court for the pre-Hispanic ball game, among many other mystical constructions, take this chance to explore cultural traces from different civilizations, such as the Olmecs, Mixtecs, and Zapotecs.  Continue to the town of Coyotepec, famous for its ceramics production, followed by a visit to the convent of Cuilapam. This Dominican convent dates back to the 16th century and was the site of the execution of one of Mexico's heroes from the Independence War, Vicente Guerrero. Finally, visit the village of Arrazola and head to a workshop to see how the famous Alebrijes (wood-carved fantasy animals) are made.

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Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 19 reviews

This was our favorite tour. Our guide, Antonio, was amazing, very knowledgable and spoke both Spanish and English perfectly. Monte Alban is spectacular, we spend almost 2 hours at the site. The visits to the Alebrije and black pottery studios were very interesting. Don't hesitate to buy some souvenirs there as you won't find better pricing or quality anywhere else. In beteen, we stupped for a delicious buffet lunch filled with Oaxacan specialties. I'd suggest to grab a plate and try a little of everything. Communication with the agency was perfect, they reached out to us the night before with our pick-up time. The Mercedes Sprinter van was comfortable and had AC.

I would recommend this Tour to everyone to learn about the history of Monte Alban, the guide was friendly and very clear in the explanation! We liked the second part of the tour less. We were in two workshops, one of wooden objects, the other of ceramics, the explanation of the processing of the various materials It was much shorter than the time left to buy the objects. It seems made for tourists to buy souvenirs!

We really liked the way the guide did his job, he took us at a pace that made us feel comfortable, without rushing, with knowledge of the place, the history, he even explained the names of some of the most important plants and trees. of the state.

We enjoyed visiting the magnificent ruins of Monte Alban. Visiting the surrounding villages as well. We enjoyed the buffet meal a little less. Our guide Antonio was really great!