The magnificence of Monte Alban

Monte Alban Zapotec settlement near Oaxaca Mexico
Monte Alban

Between us we’ve visited some of the greatest ancient archaeological sites of the world, discovering and learning world history at the very place where it unfolded. We both love that experience. Monte Alban, just a couple of miles outside Oaxaca city in Mexico, bears comparison with some of the very best, it is an amazing place. Built over a 350-year period roughly spanning 850BC to 500BC, constructed at over 7000 feet above sea level by levelling a large area of the mountain, Monte Alban was the city of the Zapotec tribe, one of 16 tribes in the valley of Oaxaca. Large sections of the colossal buildings remain, and the extensive research over the last two centuries means there is enough information to bring a walk around the site alive; the abilities of these ancient races is awesome, from their ability to construct an immense city through to their use of astronomy and nature to guide their existence.

Despite 2,000 years of history including the Spanish occupation, the descendants of all 16 tribes still exist in the valleys today, each retaining their own dialects and customs. Monte Alban is a wonderful place to visit, and to learn a little more about the history of the fascinating country which is Mexico.