Mind your steps
Though the Platforms in Monte-Alban aren’t so high as the Pyramids in Teotihuacan nevertheless to climb the Platforms is a difficult task (do you remember – about 2000 m over the sea level high).
The climb to the top of the South Platform is rather difficult. You may want to take several breaks on the way up because climbing the steps can be rather daunting. Descent isn't easy as well and is even more difficult...
If you have come all the way to Monte Alban, then first go to the Centro Cultura Santo Domingo in Oaxaca to gain a better understanding of the arrangements on Monte Alban. Second, hire one of the official guides at the entrance to the site. But, be sure the guide is knowledgable and able to converse adequately in a language understandable to you both. Our guide on this particular day, enjoyed making up history to his own liking and got upset if anyone tried to challenge his views. That got quite tedious very fast. A knowledgable guide can bring the ruins to life and give you a much deeper appreciation for what you see and for how the people lived. If your guide decides to give his own version, then drift away with a good guidebook in hand. Without a guidebook or guide, the ruins are probably only another bunch of rocks baking, as you are in the hot sunshine.
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