Oaxaca City

Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour

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From USD 30.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 to 4 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Monte Albán is an archaeological site in Oaxaca and this half-day guided tour is the perfect way to learn more about its history, the ruins and the first inhabitants. Close the travel guide and enjoy a guided adventure with commentary throughout the tour. To save time, the tour travels between sights in an air-conditioned vehicle, so you can cover much more ground than on a walking tour.
  • Ideal for travelers short on time: see the highlights of Monte Albán in half a day
  • A guide enriches the tour with his comments
  • Travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Ideal for history buffs: visit a pre-Columbian archaeological site

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • travel insurance
  • Breakfast
  • Does not include Tickets or Admissions

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Alameda de Leon 2
    Alameda de Leon 2, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

    We are in front of the Zocalo Cathedral, you will identify us by the Lescas Co Tours logo on the handicraft hall.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:00 am

End point

  • Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución)
    Portal del Palacio, OAX_RE_BENITO JUAREZ, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

    We can approach the historic center or the base as long as you tell us in advance and be attentive.

Pickup details

Be aware of the arrival of the vans, either attentive to your mobile phones or at reception to make the vehicle transit timely and efficient. As a recommendation they are asked to send location via whatsapp for better clarity in the address and avoid delays or confusion.

What To Expect

Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban

3 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Operated by Lescas Co Tours

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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129 reviews
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Excellent Half-day Tour to Monte Alban
Thomas_B, Mar 2023
The guide was very knowledgeable and the site was absolutely breathtaking. I have seen many archaeological sites in Mexico and this was the most impressive.
Excellent tour with excellent guide
Beth_C, Mar 2023
Excellent tour! Changing the departure time from 9am to 8am was inspired since the weather was cooler and there were less people at the site. Angel was a terrific guide; he was very informative and very much into the history and importance of Monte Alban. He conveyed his sense of awe about the people who lived there and the archaelogists who made discoveries, and we felt it too. Thank you Angel!
Don’t miss this trip!do
Ruth_A, Mar 2023
I highly recommend this trip.It was a great value for the low cost and The half day was a perfect amount of time for us. Communication beforehand was active and reliable, pickup was on time, though since we were first and there were many stops , our exit from the city was a bit slow. I was ok with this, as the bus was comfortable and the city charming to see that way. Everyone in the group Was very pleasant. Miguel was a born guide and storyteller! He Conjured a magical recreation of life in the ancient site during the course of an hour as we walked to different places After that we had an our to explore on our own and could see the layout of the city from the highest pyramid. The architecture is elegant, and the arrangement under cosmic order creates a mystical experience that can’t be captured in photos.
Fascinating stories
Erica_C, Mar 2023
Really enjoyed this visit to Monte Alban. Our guide was Miguel, and he was incredibly knowledgeable about the Zapotec culture and the history of the city. His storytelling really brought the place to life and made it so much more enjoyable than if we had just gone to explore on our own. Absolutely recommend this tour for anyone looking for something to do in Oaxaca!
Must-do activity in Oaxaca!
Nomia_E, Mar 2023
Our guide was fabulous, with an excellent knowledge of the area, the history, and he was able to share many of his own experiences and thoughts. He is highly organized, arranged to have us picked up at our Airbnb, and the whole trip was very smooth and enjoyable. Recommend you take extra water, a sun hat, and wear sunscreen or an overshirt if the weather is hot and sunny, because there is very little shade. You can stay as short (1/2 day) or as long as you like, as the tour buses seem to be leaving every hour. Enjoy!! Highly recommend.
Fantastic 1\2 day education at Monte Alban
PatriciaRodger_K, Mar 2023
Fantastic experience being with an incredibly knowledgeable guide. Seeing the ruins wouldn't have been nearly as enjoyable without understanding the history and meaning behind the site. Ill be following up with reading more about the zapotec. Thanks
Great experience
Adam_C, Mar 2023
Miguel was the perfect guide. He was so knowledgeable and passionate. The transportation was super convenient too.
Must see!
Susan_M, Mar 2023
Miguel was a wonder guide, with many interesting cultural and historic perspectives. This site is a must see for any Oaxacan visit.
Overall it is a good...
chuan_C, Mar 2023
Overall it is a good experience. The weather is very very hot. The guide introduces a lot of detail. The only thing I want to give hint, it is almost not possible to catch the shuttle back at 12:00. likely once you finished the guided tour the shuttle is already gone. I told all guides I want to be back early at 12:00, still not able to catch the shuttle.
Excellent half day tour
Sheena_L, Mar 2023
Love the setup of the half day tour with a guided part and then free time after to explore on your own with a shuttle returning every hour. Miguel our guide was great, very knowledgeable and passionate about the place, the history and his work. One of my favorite archaeological sites I’ve been to in Mexico and great guide and setup!
Really enjoyed the Monte Alban experience
INES_M, Mar 2023
Miguel was an amazing guide on this tour full of knowledge that he shared wonderfully and in a very professional way. Everything was well organized and you will end this experience with a great context of the Zapotec civilization and site and some other curious facts. Truly recommend it!
Monte Alban
Margery_M, Mar 2023
Fantastic guide! He was knowledgeable and explained everything in an interesting way. Highly recommend this excursion.
Fascinating site and guide
Brigitte_B, Mar 2023
Our guide Miguel was very knowledgeable and extremely talented at providing a lot of information in a very engaging way.
Miguel knows his stuff!
Lasse_R, Mar 2023
Miguel was a fantastic guide. You could really tell that he's passionate about his craft 😊 We were picked up at our hotel on time. They had a van going back to Oaxaca City once per hour, which was super convenient. Revommended 👍
The tour was so...
Zachary_A, Feb 2023
The tour was so informative, loved how Miguel contextualized all you were seeing against what was happening elsewhere in the world at that time!
Half day is all you need
Jake_T, Feb 2023
The tour guide Miguel, who works at the Monte Alban site, was an excellent story teller. The half-day trip is the right amount of time for Monte Alban. You don't need more.
Loved it!
Naomi_H, Feb 2023
You can stay with the group or explore on your own because they have shuttle buses back to town every hour on the hour. We loved getting to explore at our own pace. This place is super special for sure.
More than transportation less than a tour.
Ann_W, Feb 2023
Protracted hotel pick up timing. Guide was engaging and enthusiastic, but left us half way thru the site to wander about on our own and return to our van for the ride back to Oaxaca.
Amazing trip and guide!
Jennifer_B, Feb 2023
This was a wonderful excursion! Miguel really made the history and story of Monte Alban come to life. His presentation really made the trip. A half day trip was a perfect of amount of time, but the trip was flexible for those who wanted to spend more or less. Monte Alban is so close to Oaxaca City that it's a very doable trip when dealing with a busy schedule.
Amazing site, great guide
HEATHER_W, Feb 2023
Excellent tour despite some confusion with the pick up (be sure to find out exactly when they want you to be ready). Our guide Miguel shared his passion for this incredible historical and cultural site, plus the science of archeology. His deep knowledge, and excellent English made this a wonderful experience.