The Monte Albán Visitors Center (tel. 951/516-1215, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.) has an excellent museum, good café with airy terrace, and information counter. Also, a well-stocked store offers many books—guides, histories, art, folklore—on Mesoamerica. First, take a look inside the museum, which displays a number of Monte Albán’s famous finds. Most notable are several of the original danzantes monolith reliefs, recognizable by their mutilated genitals.
In the bookstore (tel. 951/516-9180), you might purchase a copy of the very useful Guide to Monte Albán, by Monte Albán’s director, Neli Robles. You might also pick up a copy of the very authoritative, in-depth Oaxaca, the Archaeological Record, by archaeologist Marcus Winter, that covers many Oaxaca archaeological sites, including the valley sites of Dainzu, Lambityeco, Mitla, San José El Mogote, and Suchilquitongo, and several other important sites in the Mixteca.
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Oaxaca, 5th edition