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Monday, July 22, 2013

Day 88 Monday July 22, 2013

If everything works out I will be leaving Oaxaca tomorrow morning for the state of  Chiapas. I will go to the UPS office here late this afternoon and pick up the package that my daughter sent me last week. I moved out of the hotel that I had been staying in because they were booked this week. I found a hostel about two blocks away that had one spot left and I took it. There are about 30 twenty somethings here from Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Columbia, Canada, USA and probably other countries. Several of them have already been to San Cristobal, my next destination, and they all say it is the coolest place in Mexico.

Some shots from the Hostal Los Amigos.

These are photos from Monte Alban. Monte Albán is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The site is located on a low mountainous range rising above the plain in the central section of the Valley of Oaxaca. The present-day state capital Oaxaca City is located approximately 9 km (6 mi) east of Monte Albán. The partially excavated civic-ceremonial center of the Monte Albán site is situated atop an artificially-leveled ridge.

Besides being one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica, Monte Albán's importance stems also from its role as the pre-eminent Zapotec socio-political and economic center for close to a thousand years. The city had lost its political pre-eminence by the end of the Late Classic (ca. AD 500-750) and soon thereafter was largely abandoned.

This is one of the approximately 3000 tombs believed to be at Monte Alban. Only 30% of the site has been excavated to date.

This is some of the jewelry recovered from the tombs.

This is David....he was the english speaking guide for my group.

This is a monastery that was built between 1555 and 1568. It was largely destroyed in an earthquake in 1931. Pope John Paul II visited here on his first trip to Mexico in 1978.

 More will always be revealed.

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