Monte Alban – Oaxaca Mexico – Photo

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Monte Alban

Monte Alban, just out side of Oaxaca Mexico, was built by the Zapotec people around 500 B.C. At the time it was one of the largest cities in Mesoamerica. The Zapotecs apparently leveled a mountain top to put this city on top of it. What remains of Monte Alban is the temples and ceremonial structures. The private homes continued down the sides of the mountain and have not been uncovered. Structures like Monte Alban also cover many of the nearby hills and probably only 10% of the cities scale is currently apparent, but why the Zapotec were know as the “Cloud People” by their neighbors is pretty apparent. The Zapotec were peaceful traders and with the men gown for years at a time it is believed that the society was matriarchal. Eventually the city grew two large and the nearby valleys were over farmed. The Zapotecs remained in the area and much of the population of the area speaks Zapotech at home.

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

5 Responses to “Monte Alban – Oaxaca Mexico – Photo”



I went here!!! Wow, I haven’t thought of this place in 9 years, since I’ve been there. I remember we decided to walk to it. Which was not a good idea since it’s up hill and ridicolously hot!!!

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And yet another reason for me to visit a country that I just love visiting!

thanks for sharing these photos.

Amy @ The Q Family


That’s why I love Photo Friday. It helps open me to world of traveling. Thanks for sharing.



Great shot, clear sjies you can see forever. Wish I was there enjoying the vista.



Such a great vantage point…it almost looks like a toy city from this high angle. Great shot!

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