8 days in Oaxaca, Mexico City & San Miguel de Allende Itinerary

8 days in Oaxaca, Mexico City & San Miguel de Allende Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 4 nights
San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights



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Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
On the 21st (Sat), admire the striking features of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, look for gifts at Antiga by VM, then take an in-depth tour of Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.

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Toronto, Canada to Oaxaca is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Oaxaca. When traveling from Toronto in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Oaxaca, with highs around 34°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

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Mexico City

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, and stop by Coyoacan.

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You can fly from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Oaxaca in August, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

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San Miguel de Allende

— 2 nights
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, browse for treasures at Fabrica La Aurora, and then admire the landmark architecture of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel.

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Drive from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Mexico City in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Miguel de Allende: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

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Oaxaca travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · History Museums
Despite its favorable coastal location on the Pacific, Oaxaca remains one of Mexico's least-developed states, visited mostly by die-hard fans of traditional cuisine and Mexico's native artistic traditions. Warm year-round weather ensures a pleasant Oaxaca holiday no matter when you visit, with the area's varied landscapes providing plenty of chances for outdoor activities. Dense forests burst with abundant plant and animal life, while rugged mountains hide a slew of sleepy indigenous communities untouched by modern developments and commercial tourism. Allowing visitors to discover the less-traveled side of Mexico, comprehensive tours of Oaxaca often include visits to secluded beaches and history-soaked sites from the pre-Hispanic period.