Monte Alban is located high above Oaxaca Valley and is originally known as the Holy City for the Zapotecs. Experts say that what we currently see in this area is only about 10% of what is yet to be discovered as people have been living in this part of the world as early as 500 BC.
There are plenty of gorgeous sites to behold in this town’s center, known as the Gran Plaza. It’s an open space on the top of the mountain that offers a gorgeous view of the surrounding. From here, buildings and excavations are ripe for exploring such as altars, pyramids and palaces. There are also over 170 tombs in this place, hence it’s known as the Sacred City.
One of the palaces in this site leads to a tunnel that brings you to the east side of the Plaza, where the ballcourt is located. This is where games are played in the old times, and the games then have religious significance, sort of like offerings to theri gods.
To the south of the Plaza is the Observatory, which can be great for exploration at night time. All around the walls are glyphs and carvings that you only see in movies and books.
The area is vast and open, and there really are so many things to see here. The surrounding architecture everywhere is one to admire and make for a worthy visit. You will never see any place like this anywhere in the world.
Admission to these ruins is pegged at $14 and you can join the walking tour for an additional price. Video taking is also allowed, for an additiona price, as well. A museum gift shop is also open so you can buy gifts and souvernirs to bring home to friends and family.