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Oaxaca: Monte Alban and Historic Villages Full-Day Tour

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17 reviews

Activity provider: Sat Mexico Tours

Oaxaca: Monte Alban and Historic Villages Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: Sat Mexico Tours

From US$ 51 per person

Visit the archaeological zone of Monte Alban and learn about the great Zapotec culture. Visit the historic towns of Arrazola, Culiapan de Guerrero, and San Bartolo Coyotepec on this full-day tour.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pick up time will be between 9-9:30 am at the door of your hotel in Oaxaca de Juarez.

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about Great Zapotec culture and the impact on the modern world
  • Make the most of your vacation time with this complete experience
  • Visit one of the most impressive archeological zones at the top of a mountain
  • Visit the artisans villages and take in the culture
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bilingual guide
  • Entrances to the archaeological zone
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes
  • It will be a full-day tour, so sleep well the night before and have a good breakfast
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 17 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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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.

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January 27, 2022

the logistics were horrible. I booked the tour because of the schedule pick up time of 9:30 The night before -late- I received email from local company indicating that pick up would be 8:15-8:30 and had no way to contact them We got ready and waited and was not picked up until 9:45 When asked about the situation one would provide an answer Also the tour was provided in english/spanish which was not said in the booking. The staff was not pleasant nor even apologetic

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January 4, 2020

Our guide Antonio did an incredible job. For a long, vivid tour he provided tons of great information and catered to our specific points emphasis. Its was a very profissional tour and produtive day of sightseeing.

January 26, 2020

Product ID: 150596