Monte Albán


Although not as impressive as Teotihuacan (to which it had cultural ties), Monte Albán is amazingly rich in history, and begs all kinds of questions when one visits the place. What did the original site and structures look like?  What were the daily lives of these people like?  What caused the rise and decline?  How are they related to other peoples in the area?

And then again, there are many moments when one is left without questions, just speechless and admiring and in awe of the place and its scope and layout.  It is especially interesting coming from the US, where the indigenous built record seems so sparse compared to Mexico.  What caused such a complex rise of civilizations and architecture in this part of the Americas, but not as much further north?