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I took my parents who are in their 70s for a morning visit of Monte Alban. We hired a local guide and he was very informative about the ruins. Make sure you take your hat , because the sun can get very hot when touring...More
I arrived early so I had the chance to enjoy without hussle. The archeological center is simple magnificent and majestic. If you have adventure spirit you can still can find certain hidden places with no so easy access.
This archaeologyc zone is only 8 km away from the downtown, it has an incredible view of Oaxaca city and the history is amazing ( if you like to know more history it's better pay for a guide). But, to be honest is not my...More
Over the years I have visited quite a few archaeological sites in Mexico but Monte Albán has the most beautiful intact stone carvings I have ever seen. This site is also much older than a lot of the other sites. If you go with a...More
I went with my parents who are in their late 70s and early 80s. We were surprised this is such a hidden gem. Would have been more nice to have a guide with us or a guide at the site to give us a tour....More
Be ready for lots of steps up and down pyramids,temples and palaces but well worth it. Great views across the valley and great local guides giving excellent information. It is amazing to think of the history and culture and still so much more to be...More
These are the remains of a Zapotec city. It is simply wonderful. Be sure to read up on the Zapotec and on Monte Alban before going. Wear hiking boots or equivalent. Take water. Allow plenty of time; you won't want to be rushed. Maybe pack...More
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You can do better than $300. See my review of Monte Alban for details. We paid $60 pesos for a return van trip and 90 for admission = $150 per person. We took sandwiches and bought water for a good price at the site. We... More
You can do better than $300. See my review of Monte Alban for details. We paid $60 pesos for a return van trip and 90 for admission = $150 per person. We took sandwiches and bought water for a good price at the site. We liked being self directed. We could take our time and also move around the site to avoid groups. By late afternoon, we almost had the place to ourselves. It is a lovely spot just to sit under a tree and admire the view of the valley.
As to why TA charges more. I cannot answer but we did find numerous tours that were cheaper than the TA price (we booked through the San Angel hostel). Example: $250 pesos for 9 hours in a van: El Arbor, Hierve del Agua, weaving village, Mitla and mescal tasting. Our hack, take the Spanish tours. There is usually someone on board who is bilingual and can help.