Monte Albán and Zaachila

First we’ll visit Monte Albán, the ancient capital of Zapotec civilization, with its impressive monumental architecture. This was one of the first urban centers of Mesoamerica, built on a mountaintop 500 meters above the Oaxaca valley, offering beautiful views of the valley below. During this tour you will learn about ancient Zapotec civilization and its advances in mathematics, astronomy, medicine and architecture. After our visit to Monte Albán, we’ll continue on to Cuilapan, where we’ll visit an unfinished Dominican monastery of impressive proportions that today houses a museum and church in use by the local community. Afterwards, we’ll continue on to Zaachila. This was the last Zapotec kingdom before the Spanish presence in Oaxaca. The small archaeological site has two tombs with interior stucco work which are open to the public.

We recommend a stop at La Capilla for lunch. This open-air restaurant with long wooden tables offers a variety of Oaxacan specialties.

Tour includes: Stops at Monte Albán, Cuilapan and Zaachila. This tour includes transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and guide service with a knowledgeable, bilingual guide.

Duration: around 7 hours

Recommendations and tips: Wear comfortable shoes. It’s a good idea to bring sunglasses and a hat, sun block, and extra cash in case you want to purchase souvenirs and food. Take this tour on a Thursday to see market day in Zaachila.

Cost: for one to four people: $250 USD. For more than four people, contact us for pricing.

 

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