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After an amazing experience of giving school supplies to children in Oaxaca, we decided that we were ready for another adventure. This time we wanted to explore the tourist attraction, Mount Albán, which is an ancient Mexican ruin. Visiting tourist attractions is not our typical type of excursion, but none of us had ever seen a ruin before and we figured this would be a great time to check it out as we were only a few miles away.
If we were going to do this, though, we were going to do it in LOOTB fashion. We couldn’t just hop onto the tourist shuttle for a quick 10 minute ride to the entrance of the ruins. We want to do it like the locals, so we jumped on the public bus to Monte Albán. It was a beautiful ride going through the outer rim of the city.
We stared out the window attempting to understand what the daily life of a local would be like here. People were working hard everywhere we looked in the streets. It was quite a different scene than the one seen in the fancy city center of Oaxaca.
We got dropped off at the bus stop which was a few miles away from the entrance. Excited for our hike, we walked up the mountain in search for the entrance. Some people may look at this excursion as a waste of time and wonder why we don’t just ride a bus all the way to the top–but, really, whats the fun in that? If you can, always take the road less traveled.
As we walked up the mountain we took many photos of the amazing scenery around us. It is always an incredible feeling to feel as if you are on top of the world. We could see the entire city of Oaxaca from up here and it was beautiful.
We kept trekking up the mountain stopping at unusual statues and monuments. We loved it all.
Finally, we came upon the sign of the entrance to the ruins. We were so excited that we all decided to run up the big hill to the entrance. The entrance was a replica of the ruins, but we were already impressed. We couldn’t wait to see the real deal and something so massive that was created thousands of years ago.