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Fort Loreto

Learn about the famous Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo in the museums of this surviving fortress where important battles took place.

Fort Loreto stands today as a reminder of an integral part of Mexican military history, when the country\u2019s small army defeated a much larger French invader. The momentous battles took place here and in Fort Guadalupe in 1862, with victory remembered each year during the famous Cinco de Mayo holiday. Take a guided tour for a comprehensive overview of the war and its cultural significance today.

Learn about the iconic Battle of Puebla in this fascinating 18th-century fortress. Browse the exhibits in the Museum of Non-Intervention, where you can find letters, documents and paintings from the battle. See the old uniforms and weaponry and review the life and history of Benito Juarez, the first president of Mexico.

Admire the thick, low walls of the fort, which has seen several wars. Initially built as a religious shrine in the 1600s, it was fortified during the independence movement two centuries later.

Stroll through the surrounding Centro Civico Cinco de Mayo park for its various attractions. The park contains a soccer stadium, a large auditorium, a planetarium and vast green fields. Browse the intriguing exhibits at the Museo Imagina. Bring your kids to engage with the interactive displays about nature and science. Enjoy snacks and refreshments at the park\u2019s caf\u00E9.

Note that although the Mexican army was eventually defeated, the victorious battle remains engrained in the country\u2019s collective psyche as a patriotic symbol of unity. It was among the first signs of a Latin American country exerting its authority over colonizers.

Fort Loreto and the neighboring Fort Guadalupe are in the northeastern part of Puebla, about a 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) drive from the Centro district. The forts stand in the Centro Civico Cinco de Mayo beside the Parque Paseo del Teleferico. Take a bus to one of the stops along the main highway adjacent to the fort. There is a fee to enter the fort, which is open from morning until late afternoon Tuesday through Sunday. While in the area, also see Iglesia Cristo Rey, the Exhibitor Center and the Planetario de Puebla.


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Hotel Lastra

Hotel Lastra

Calzada de los Fuertes 2633, Puebla
     
    4.0
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    Situated in Puebla, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fort Loreto and Five Wounds of San Francisco Conventional Church. Imagine Interactive Museum Puebla and Main Theater of Puebla are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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    BLV 5 DE MAYO 404, COL XANENETLA, Puebla
       
      4.8
      of 5, from 79 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      This hotel is located in Puebla (Historic Center), close to Museum of Handicrafts, Fort Loreto, and Poblano Museum of Popular Art. Also nearby are Five Wounds of San Francisco Conventional Church and Main Theater of Puebla.

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      Loa Inn Centro

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        4.1
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        Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mexican Revolution Museum, Main Theater of Puebla, and Santa Monica Convent and Museum of Religious Art. Street of Candies and Artist Quarter are also within 10 minutes.

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        Rosewood Puebla

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        10 Norte #1402, Puebla
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 47 reviews
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          Located in Historic Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Five Wounds of San Francisco Conventional Church, Main Theater of Puebla, and Artist Quarter. Puebla Convention Center and Alfenique House are also within 10 minutes.

          City Express Puebla Centro $45
          City Express Puebla Centro

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            of 5, from 273 reviews
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              3.8
              of 5, from 137 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Puebla, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort Loreto, Imagine Interactive Museum Puebla, and Poblano Museum of Popular Art. Museum of Handicrafts and Fort Guadalupe are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Hotel Casa de Oración San José $25
              Hotel Casa de Oración San José

              Hotel Casa de Oración San José

              2 norte número 1807 , Puebla
                 
                3.8
                of 5, from 39 reviews
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                Located in Historic Center, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Street of Candies, Poblano Museum of Popular Art, and Museum of Handicrafts. Mexican Revolution Museum and Santo Domingo Church are also within 15 minutes.

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                Hotel Senorial

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                  3.8
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                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Historic Center, this hotel is steps from Mexican Revolution Museum, Santa Monica Convent and Museum of Religious Art, and Street of Candies. Artist Quarter and Poblano de Arte Virreinal Museum are also within 5 minutes.