One of Mexico's largest archaeological sites, Monte Albán, standing with pride of place on Jaguar Mountain, looks out over the city of Oaxaca.
Take the time to fully absorb the atmosphere of the site and enjoy the superb panoramic views it offers.
My reviewMonte Albán, which reaches an elevation of 2,000 meters at its highest part, was founded by the Zapotec during the pre-Columbian era.
A historic testimony to the power of that civilization, I was surprised both by its state of preservation and, to a greater extent, the physical layout of the site, which is quite square and angular at its base but then extends up onto the side of a hill. The main plaza at its center is impressive, and the climb up to the temple will give you a better view of it. When I explored the ruins, I paused to admire the "danzantes": magnificent carved stones standing as testimony to this extinct culture.