5 reasons to visit Monte Albán

Visiting Monte Albán is like traveling to the beautiful city of Oaxaca de Juárez; its proximity makes it very easy to visit this must-see archaeological center of one of the pre-Hispanic cultures in Mexico.

So, if you're thinking of traveling to Oaxaca, Monte Albán is a mandatory stop. Before planning your visit to this archaeological park, don't forget to book your stay at the best hotels in Oaxaca, such as Hotel Callejón, which is very close to the beautiful Oaxacan historic center.

Without further ado, let's start with the five reasons why you should visit Monte Albán on your next trip to the city of Oaxaca.

1. It is a World Heritage Site

World Heritage status is a title conferred by UNESCO on specific sites around the world. In Mexico, we have 36 World Heritage sites, including the cave paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco in Baja California Sur, and in Oaxaca, we have 3: the historic center, the prehistoric caves of Yagul and Mitla, and, of course, Monte Albán.

The archaeological zone of Monte Albán, besides being declared a cultural heritage of humanity in 1987, is one of the main Zapotec cities of pre-Hispanic Mexico. Therefore, it is a completely obligatory visit if you are passing through the state of Oaxaca.

2. It is one of the most studied settlements

Monte Albán is possibly one of the most studied archaeological sites in Mexico. It is recognized as a great social and cultural center as it was the capital of the ancient Zapotec civilization.

Descendants of the Zapotecs still live in the area, so after visiting the archaeological site, you can get an approximation of the Zapotec culture through their gastronomy. Near the best hotels in Oaxaca, there are always good restaurants serving typical Oaxacan food, so choosing a hotel according to its location is important.

3. Perhaps the first planned city in the Mesoamerican continent

Monte Albán was the most influential city in the Oaxacan region, and besides being fundamental to the history of the Mesoamerican continent, it is considered the first planned city.

Part of its economy relied on citizens' tribute, who cultivated corn, beans, pumpkins, and other seasonal products, thanks to a system of terraces.

4. A settlement surrounded by flora

If you are nature lovers, you will be surprised and enamored by the surroundings of Monte Albán. It is a mountainous land, as three valleys meet at this point, and it was precisely these valleys that provided the Zapotecs with an abundance of resources that allowed their civilization to flourish.

Among the resources found in this area are medicinal herbs, fruits and seeds, edible insects, and game. This makes the Zapotec diet very rich and interesting. Nowadays, Chapulines (grasshoppers) are a highly appreciated food throughout Mexico.

5. The Danzantes Building

Around 300 stone slabs, called "danzantes" (dancers), were found in Monte Albán. This site is perhaps the most interesting part of the archaeological site.

Although the carved figures on these stones are known as "dancers," today it is accepted that they represent victims of sacrifices or war prisoners. If the bodies appear distorted, it is because of the result of torture.

How to visit Monte Albán?

Monte Albán is located 20 minutes from the city of Oaxaca. If you are staying in one of the best hotels in Oaxaca located in the historic center, you can inquire at the reception about tours departing to this archaeological site.

We recommend that you go with a tour to take advantage of the views of the Oaxacan landscape and immerse yourself in Zapotec culture with a guide who will tell you everything you are observing.

Where to stay in Oaxaca?

El Callejón is a boutique hotel in Oaxaca located in the historic center, allowing you to walk through colonial streets and fully immerse yourself in the Oaxacan atmosphere.

Book your room at El Callejón, the best hotel in Oaxaca, through different platforms, or if you prefer, directly on the website hotelcallejon.com or call the numbers (951) 351 1564 and (951) 351 5917. You can also visit us at Callejón Morelos #103, Barrio de Xochimilco, 68040, Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. We look forward to providing you with a unique experience!

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