Day 19: Monte Alban
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The morning was mainly spent arranging things for the next few days. We figured that if the buses were mostly full between Christmas and New Year, then it might be hard to find onwards transportation on New Year's Eve. We were right, most buses out of Oaxaca were already booked. And we hadn't really picked our destination for New Year's Eve either. I had said beforehand that I wanted to celebrate New Year's either in a big city, or in a tiny fishing village on the coast. Well, we were in a big city now, but didn't feel like staying another two days, so in the end we opted for the town of Puerto Ángel, which is served by a night bus out of Oaxaca.
In the afternoon we visited the ruins of Monte Alban. This former city of the Aztecs (or Toltecs, or Olmecs, I lost track to tell the truth) was built on a stunning location, perched high on a mountaintop, 400 metres above the Oaxaca valley.
Today was Sunday and on Sunday Mexico has the good habit of making museums and the likes for free. And free, gratis, that is what we Dutch like, so despite the fact that we had to share the experience with thousands of others (which is a bit full, in such a small site as Monte Alban) we thoroughly enjoyed it.
While the restored ruins (pyramids, for a change) weren't overly impressive compared to Teotihuacán, the views of the surrounding mountaintops more than made up for that!