Monte Albán is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site located on a low mountainous range rising above a plain in the central Valley of Oaxaca, 6 miles west of the city of Oaxaca.
The state of Oaxaca is best known for its indigenous peoples and cultures. The most numerous and best known are the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs, but there are sixteen others which are officially recognized. These cultures have survived better than most others in Mexico due to the state's rugged and isolating terrain.
Archaeological and historic sites in Oaxaca offer a glimpse of the majestic builders their ancestor were.