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Day 40 - Monte Alban

MEXICO | Sunday, 6 July 2014 | Views [185]

We set out early for another run & then headed to Monte Alban to see the ruins of the largest pre-Hispanic city in Oaxaca.

It was incredible walking around the ruins which were only as recently as 1987 declared a World Heritage site.

Monte Alban contains evidence of the first urban plan on the American continent & represents 13 centuries of continuous human occupation from 500BC. The reason for the abandonment of Monte Alban from 850AD are still unknown today.

Monte Alban is also significant as it is understood to have been the first site where a State form of Government was used.

After our history & culture fix we went to a local market for some empanadas & quesilla's for lunch before some more shopping.

We met our friend Jodi for a farewell dinner & then endured a hellish 12 hours on the overnight bus to San Cristobal. The road was so windy & the driver was going so fast all our packs fell out of the holders, people were getting motion sickness & the air con wasn't working. We were also on the road during a fairly large earthquake it turns out!

 

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