Monte Alban, the ancient Zapotec capital, was the most important trade and socio-political center of the Central Valleys for around 1,000 years, approximately 500 BC - 500 AD.
Built at the top of a hill, the ruins stand tall above the surrounding Oaxaca Valley. The site has a large main plaza surrounded by buildings and carved stone monuments, two large raised platforms to the north and south, and impressive stone staircases. Highlights include the Main Plaza, the Ball Game Court, the Astronomical Observatory and the Dancers Building, among others. You’ll leave with a newfound appreciation for the ancient culture.