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Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.

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Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

From the mountaintop pyramids of Monte Alban to the Cuilapam Convent on the valley floor, learn all about the rich history of Oaxaca Valley on this guided full-day trip by coach. Discover the Zapotec pyramids and excavated ruins of UNESCO-listed Monte Alban, admire the mystical woodcarvings of San Antonio Arrazola and meet resident artisans in San Bartolo Coyotepec, a town known for its beautiful black pottery. Hotel pickup and drop-off from Oaxaca included.
  • Oaxaca day trip to Monte Alban, Arrazola, Cuilapam and Coyotepec
  • See the ball court, temples and tombs of Monte Alban, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Admire artisan-made alebrijes (woodcarvings) in San Antonio Arrazola
  • Visit the San Bartolo Coyotepec Church and the Cuilapam Convent in Cuilapam de Guerrero
  • Hear stories about the ancient Zapotecs from your guide during your full-day sightseeing tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from your Oaxaca hotel included
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Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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5 de Mayo 300 , 5 de Mayo 300, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

calle 5 de Mayo, esquina Murguía, o en el lobby del hotel Quinta Real

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8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started. Due to the pandemic the archaeological site is receiving a certain number of visitors, therefore we are starting the tour at 08:00 am in order to be among the 300 visitors allowed per day please write the name of your hotel in the comments, otherwise we will assume that we will meet at the Quinta Real hotel at the time confirmed by message This could be from 8:00 am (It is important to confirm the tour one day before)
Enjoy midmorning pickup by coach from your Oaxaca hotel and kick off your day of sightseeing at Monte Alban, a UNESCO site located on a mountaintop boasting panoramas of the city and Oaxaca Valley.

Spend about 2.5 hours at the archaeological site. Your guide takes you around the complex, including the Grand Plaza, a large open area on the flattened plateau. Hear engaging facts about Zapotec history and culture as you gaze at ceremonial platforms, including a series of rock carvings called The Dancers (Los Danzantes). You’ll see some of Monte Alban’s 170 tombs, whose excavations revealed a range of paintings and stone carvings. Visit pyramids, temples, altars and the I-shaped ball court constructed in 100 BC. Make your way up the South Platform (Plataforma Sur), a large area known for its wide staircase and great views.

Next, head to San Antonio Arrazola, a tranquil town at the base of Monte Alban. For about 45 minutes, stroll through the town and admire the local folk art, such as the world-renowned woodcarvings from the copal tree called alebrijes depicting a fantastic zoology of mythical creations and monsters.

In the traditional town of Cuilapam de Guerrero, swing by the Cuilapam Convent, a 16th-century Dominican convent known for its unfinished basilica and capilla abierta, or open chapel. Learn about this historical colonial feature aimed at encouraging larger numbers of indigenous people for conversion to Catholicism.

After refueling with lunch (own expense), wrap up your sightseeing in San Bartolo Coyotepec. Visit the 16th-century San Bartolo Coyotepec Church, the Oaxaca State Museum of Popular Art (MEAPO) and a craft market displaying the work of more than a dozen families. Learn about this town known for its black pottery (barro negro), unique ceramics made locally since pre-Columbian times.

Your full-day tour ends with drop-off at your hotel in Oaxaca in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban
Explora los tesoros culturales que rodean Oaxaca en un viaje de un día completo. Comenzamos por Monte Albán, declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO en el año de 1987, descubre los maravillosos edificios de esta antigua ciudad Zapoteca
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
San Antonio Arrazola
Continuamos a Conocer a los artesanos locales, en San Antonio Arrazola, que con su gracia e imaginación crean figuras fantásticas mejor conocidas como alebrijes.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Convento de Cuilapam
Seguimos nuestro viaje por el Ex Convento de Cuilapam de Guerrero del siglo XVI, único en los valles de Oaxaca, por albergar una hermosa capilla abierta. *Este lugar se visita por fuera, debido al covid-19*
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
San Bartolo Coyotepec
Por último, admira las artesanías de cerámica negra en San Bartolo Coyotepec. El proceso de elaboración y una zona de comprars de barro.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Turismo el Convento de Oaxaca
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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  • "This is a must take tour if you visit Oaxaca." See review
  • "While those shops are definitely geared towards tourists making purchases they are owned/run by talented craftspeople so they are worth seeing on that basis alone." See review

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star-4
The tour was great and my...
Maira_L
, Aug. 2022
The tour was great and my most memorable experience was Monte Alban since it had great views………………..
star-4
Great ruins, shops and terrible lunch
April_A
, Jul. 2022
Tour guide was Moses, very knowledgeable about the plant vegetation in Monte Alban&area. Stayed at the shops a long time- I was grouped w/“shoppers”. Lunch was terrible. It was a buffet at $170 or $190 pesos. There were not a lot of options.
star-5
History and Culture.
Sergio_V
, May 2022
Monte Alban was spectacular! The essence of this place is magical and worth revisiting (says the history buff). Sr. Antonio was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable and passionate. The shops we visited were a wonderful touch, as to better appreciate the culture. Unfortunately the alebrije shop was significantly overpriced. On that note, the optional meal was a disappointment, not doing Oaxaca's culinary beauty any justice.
star-5
Amazing tour, great value
elvira_a
, May 2022
Our tour guide Gabriel, he was amazing!! Very acknowledged and patient with us The tour is very well put together We were able to see great places and at the same time do some shopping
star-5
Great Tour!
LucyLarios
, Apr. 2022
Antonio our tour guide did an amazing job! Very knowledgeable with the history of every place we visited, especially Monte Alba. Very organized, we were picked up right in front of our hotel. I would highly recommend booking your tour through them. Great experience!
star-5
Our tour guide was...
Jennylynd_J
, Mar. 2022
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and we learned a great deal of history. This tour was well organised and we felt the tour company took good care of its guests.
star-5
Really excellent full day out withvery friendly guide and driver
Mark_A
, Mar. 2022
Our guide Moses had a genuine interest and outstanding ability to convey insights into the uncertain history of Monte Alban and the surrounding environments flora and fauna. Really able to conjure up a picture of how the Zapotecs lived there. Also a special mention for the driver who was so helpful with my wifes wheelchair. A great day out.
star-3
Great trip if you don't eat the lunch
Peter_K
, Feb. 2022
Mt Alban is spectacular. The visit to the woodworking shop also - fabulous workmanship. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. One downside: the food at the lunch stop was the worst that I have had for many years travelling. We travel a lot and are foodies. By any standards including Mexican popular food this one was awful.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Experience the magic of Oaxaca
Marisa_B
, Nov. 2021
This tour not only exceeded my expectations but set my expectations for other tours so much higher. What an incredible and meaningful day my friend and I had. Antonio, the most wonderful, spirited, personable educator and guide we could have possibly had led our English-speaking group through Monte Albán, sharing its history, its secrets, its stories and truly brought an ancient site alive again. After a very filling lunch of traditional and familiar fare, we visited a small marigold farm and plucked our own marigolds to lay at a Muertos altar. Our hosts were warm and welcoming, teaching us about mezcal and its connection to the land, as well as giving us the opportunity to drink much of it! The other stops, including a Mexican folk art gallery and barro negro pottery gallery absolutely transport you. I had truly wonderful and magical experience.
star-5
Great tour
Jim_A
, Oct. 2021
All the places we visited were interesting. I would have liked to stop to see some historic churches too.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Wonderful guide and tour of Monte Alban
Todd_L
, Jul. 2021
The guide Antonio and Monte Alban tour were wonderful. The stops at at craft villages were canned and cheesy. Handicrafts way over priced.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
A Fascinating Look Back
Tracy_W
, Jul. 2021
The tour was expertly run, gracious, and very informative. Our archeologist guide, Antonio, was very knowledgeable, and shared his wealth of history & stories with us! Bus was comfy. Buffet lunch was yummy - get the mole!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
Victor_V
, Jul. 2021
Our tour was a wonderful experience. Monte Alban was the ultimate experience and our tour guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We also enjoyed touring the villages and getting a better perception of the locals. I don't care much about souvenirs and shopping but you get a better understanding of the people who make out trip worthwhile.
star-5
Moises the best!
Beth_M
, May 2021
I loved this tour as well as my food tour with Elizabeth!!! I learned so much. Made new friends and can’t compliment Moises enough! Spoke great English and very knowledgeable on everything Oaxaca!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
We appreciate your comments and we are here to serve you, we look forward to your return!!
star-5
100% recommend
Manuel_D
, May 2021
This is a must take tour if you visit Oaxaca. Food was excellent, tasty and great selection 😋. Our guide did a very good job. Thanks Moises
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you very much, we appreciate your comments and we are here to serve you, we look forward to your return!!!
star-5
Antonio is a great guide.
Jordan_L
, May 2021
Be ready for a full day! Antonio is very passionate and knowledgeable about the sights to be seen during the tour. Wear comfortable shoes and be ready to purchase drinks along the way. Due to the pandemic there will be changes such as the monastery being closed to the public but Antonio will still bring you there (just outside) for a quick history of the place. Of course the main attraction is the Monte Alban site and it was not disappointing.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
we appreciate your comments
star-5
Best Specialty Oaxaca Tour
Miguel_M
, May 2021
Wow! What a way to see ancient Oaxaca! Monte Alban is the most preserved and famous archeological site and its well-worth visiting. This tour even takes you some really cool little towns that specialize in specific artistry like one that makes black pottery and the other that makes hand-carved wooden figurines called Alebrijes! This tour was amazing ! Highly recommend it !
icon Response from Host , May 2021
It is nice to serve people who want to know the extensive Mexican culture. we appreciate your comments
star-5
Great way to spend a day in Oaxaca
Matthew_G
, May 2021
This was a great tour to experience Monte Albán and artisan villages in the area. Going to an alebrijes workshop in Arazola was particularly interesting. Our tour guide was top-notch.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Was a good experience
Katsiaryna_K
, Mar. 2021
Our guide Antonio was very good, very knowledgeable about the places, give a lot of information . The first part of the trip( visiting Monte Alban) was amazing, second part( visiting some villages) -boring, and just took so much time.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent Tour of Monte Albán & Craft Workshops, Even During COVID
Emily
, Feb. 2021
I loved this tour!! Second time I had the wonderful Antonio as my guide/driver, and he did a fantastic job. Monte Albán was fascinating and mysterious and beautiful, and Antonio was a wealth of knowledge about the site and the surrounding area. My tour was a little different than the itinerary listed on Viator due to COVID restrictions: in addition to the Monte Albán tour we visited an alebrije collective in Xoxocatlán that had fantastic pieces to look at or buy, we had lunch at a beautiful buffet-style restaurant that served delicious traditional Oaxacan fare, and we visited a workshop that specialized in barro negro, the famous Oaxacan black pottery. Very highly recommended!

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