Into the hills
Trip Start May 07, 2012
20Trip End May 27, 2012
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Monte Alban – Olmec 500bc – Mixla - then Zapotec
We are really looking forward to this trip today Monte Alban is located 9km west of Oaxaca and is the site of some massive Zapotecan temples which are perched on a hilltop with magnificent views so let's hope the low cloud lifts and we have another great day. This is said to be one of the most spectacular archeological sites in the country, The ruins sit on top of an artificially leveled plateau and is believed that it came to prominence as a Zapotec economic centre for nearly 1000 years from it’s foundation around 500BC to it’s demise between 500 – 800AD
Just as we began to think we were Billy No-mates as every trip so far we’ve been on our own today made a nice change with 10 adults and 2 small children. One couple from Japan, one from Russia, a family from Spain plus an Indian couple Adam and Poli who now live in Dubai and will also be on our flight in the morning back to Mexico City, and on to Tuxla, we then have a private transfer to San Cristobal de las Casas not sure where there staying but you never know we may even be in the same hotel. Let’s hope the pickups there this time.
Today’s trip went off well, we were picked up on time and taken to the main Office where we transferred into two groups then off we went. The little girl with the family from Spain was called Emma just like our little treasure back at home, except she didn’t talk as much but then she was a lot younger.
Monte Alban didn’t disappoint, it was a large complex built after the Zapotecs somehow managed to cut off the top a mountain, flatten it and then built a city on the top
After being warned to take a jumper it was a really hot day with the temperature reaching 95 degrees at one point, a bit too hot for me but I did at least get a bit of a tan. Unfortunately due to the heat the views of the city were not that good.
After talks by the guide we had an hour on our own to look around. Got back to our hotel at 2.15pm for a nice cold shower for me and a change of cloths. We then decided to go to Aero-Mexico office to print off our boarding cards for the morning which was a waste of time but the hotel sorted them out for us when we got back so we came back to the room, repacked the cases and are now ready for the next step of our journey. After leaving Aero-Mexico office we decided to have lunch in the Zocola and just as we finished lunch there was a few drops of rain, not again we thought so hurried back to the hotel. They must be expecting rain again later as they have already covered the patio. Our decision was a good one as it’s now 5pm and it’s raining hard again.
We leave the hotel at 7.45am which means we will have time for breakfast before we hit the road to the airport for our flight back to Mexico City and on to Tuxla in the afternoon.
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