Day 1 of our stay in Oaxaca was spent at the ‘must see’ ruins of Monte Alban. It is one of the earliest known pre-Colombian cities in Mexico, or in the Americas for that matter. It was built by the Zapotecs, but was abandoned long before the Spanish came. As far as historical importance goes, it is one of the top sites to visit in Mexico. For the casual visitor, it is also one of the top sites. But as far as the surrounding scenery goes, perhaps only Palenque has it beat in Mexico. Perhaps.
The ruins sit on a hill in the centre of a valley completely surrounded on all sides by enormous mountains. It’s a genuinely breath taking view, whichever way you look out of the city. There’s also a small but cool museum there, and a very nice cafe serving the best chips in all of Mexico! Yes, I am always on the look out for the important stuff! I took plenty of photos, but none were as good as this panorama of the site, taken in the rainy season, I would imagine, when the grass had some green in it. I could write about the history of the site, but that is what Wikipedia is for, if you are interested enough to check it out.