DO: Ignore all the touts in town who want to sell you an overpriced visit there.
DO: Ignore all the "guides" who barely know more than you do if you've read a few things about Monte Alban and understand the context.
DO: Go as early as possible. It gets ferociously hot up there many days of the year. If you take a taxi and arrive prior to 8am the roadway gates 1.6km from the site will be locked. If you arrive at the gate at say 7am and walk uphill you will arrive around 7:30 and have the entire site to yourself for 20 minutes!! And if you've got a good driver you'll arrive just after 8 and literally have the entire site to yourself for about 15 minutes. That's amazing!
DO: Consider walking back to Oaxaca Zocalo from the site if it's not too hot and still early enough in the day. If you're a power walker it's about 75 minute walk back. This assumes you have good shoes and Google maps to show you the path through two villages en route.
DO: Visit the museum *after* you've walked around the site.
DO NOT: Wander around the site past 7:50am if you arrived prior to opening; go back to the ticket booth and buy your ticket at 8. Don't risk getting in trouble for not having a ticket.
DO NOT: Worry if you don't have return transport. Enough taxis bring passengers one-way and there are regular buses that will bring you back to Oaxaca Centro.
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