Monte Albán

Monte Albán is a short ride from the center of Oaxaca, but it is a world away. It contains the ruins of the old capital of the Zapotec people. Monte Albán dates back to 500 A.D. and at one time 35,000 people lived there.

As I walked around, I was reminded of my visit to the ruins of Teotihuacan last year. Monte Albán contains influences from the Teotihuacan and Mixtec cultures.

I spent one afternoon climbing the ruins, remembering the many temples I climbed with Vicky Ann at Angkor Wat in Cambodia two years ago. Monte Albán is a fascinating and easy place to visit. Here are a few photos.

Tomorrow night I fly home from Mexico, but I’m leaving with plenty of ideas of which parts to explore next. Returning next to Oaxaca is high on the list. There are several more blog posts coming about even more incredible adventures I’ve had and people I’ve met these past two weeks. Stay tuned!

Comments (13):

  1. Lori

    August 19, 2019 at 19:39

    WOW!

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    • Tim Flanagan

      August 19, 2019 at 20:03

      Working on the next three posts now. Can’t wait to tell you more!

      Reply
  2. Lori

    August 19, 2019 at 20:24

    Fabulous! Looking forward to it!

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  3. Deidre

    August 19, 2019 at 20:31

    I feel like you are worlds away and seeing so much more than even these beautiful photos can express. How wonderful!

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    • Tim Flanagan

      August 20, 2019 at 18:01

      That’s exactly how I feel!

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  4. Paula M Agins

    August 20, 2019 at 08:44

    I feel remiss as I have not been finding the time to read these. Now I see have been missing so much! Need to catch up. Safe flight home 🙂

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    • Tim Flanagan

      August 20, 2019 at 18:02

      No hurry, take your time!

      Reply
  5. Noreen

    August 20, 2019 at 09:12

    I think I will need to hear more about this trip while we sip on some Tecate beer.

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    • Tim Flanagan

      August 20, 2019 at 18:03

      Definitely!

      Reply
  6. Vicky Ann

    August 21, 2019 at 00:05

    “Our” temples I will never forget, nor the hands that guided me….you certainly made tracks….amazing ruins, lasting memories!
    Can’t believe the heights you climbed and, even more so- the lack of rails.
    We are such a young nation compared to these cultures. See ya soon!

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    • Tim Flanagan

      August 21, 2019 at 00:53

      I see you’re catching up on my posts before you pick me up at the airport! Your cookie is safe, still waiting for my delayed flight to arrive here in Mexico.

      Reply
  7. Denise Zalaski

    August 21, 2019 at 07:27

    Beautiful pics!! Love the black and white photos of the ruins. So awesome!

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    • Tim Flanagan

      August 21, 2019 at 19:48

      Thanks! It’s amazing to walk around the ruins and imagine how they were built.

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