4/5 - Good
Verified travelerSep 18, 2019
Very nice city to visit over the weekend!
In a valley between four volcanoes is Puebla, a Spanish colonial site with more than 2,000 historic buildings. Look for vintage façades covered in Talavera tiles, baroque churches adorned with statues of angels, elaborate towers and colonial mansions.
Puebla was founded in 1531. At the heart of the historic center is the Zócalo, the rectangular main plaza that’s been here from the beginning. Start your visit in the lively square. Every day thousands of locals come here to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Street musicians perform folk tunes, hawkers vend their wares, and cafés and shops do brisk business.
Contemplate the architecture of the impressive Puebla Cathedral on the Zócalo’s south side. It is a mix of baroque, Renaissance and neoclassical styles. Look around the spacious interior with its richly decorated chapels. Climb one of the bell towers for impressive views of the city and volcanoes.
Wander through the historic center to discover more old buildings. Visit the Chapel of the Rosary to admire its opulent baroque interior. See pre-Columbian and colonial art at Museo Amparo, housed in 16th-century buildings.
Puebla is also popular for its gastronomy. The city is credited with the invention of mole poblano, a thick, spicy sauce. Try fine dining throughout Puebla, as well as convenient street vendors offering empanadas and molotes.
For art and crafts, visit Barrio del Artista where you can watch artists in their studios and buy their work. On the weekends, look for more art, locally made jewelry, rugs, clothes and lucky charms at the flea market in Plazuela de los Sapos.
When you’ve filled your shopping bags and finished admiring Puebla’s architecture, travel 20 minutes west to the Great Pyramid of Cholula.
Puebla is 82 miles (132 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City. Both are served by international airports. You can get around Puebla by bus, although there aren’t any route maps or scheduled stops. Alternatively, hail a taxi or rent a car. Plan for moderate temperatures year-round and a somewhat rainy summer.
Museums, Cafes and Historical Buildings
Bring the whole family for an entertaining day out. In the car or on foot, spot lions, giraffes, elephants and more roaming together.
Listen to the choral performances and appreciate the excellent acoustics of this iconic church. Marvel at the octagonal altar, among other treasures.
View the public works of art, relax in one of the cafés and get a sense of the culture in this central plaza.
Visit Santa María Tonanzintla and San Francisco Acatepec to admire the beautiful Churchs of Indian Baroque style. You will also visit the largest pyramid at the archeological zone of Cholula with its 365 churches including the famous Church of Our Lady of the Remedies located at the top.
Delve into Puebla’s pre-Hispanic history and colonial past with a cultural and architectural tour of its fascinating churches, ancient archaeological sites, and charming, UNESCO-designated center. Make your way to the meeting point and ride to the church at Santa Maria Tonantzintla.
After being picked-up from your accommodation in Mexico City, you will venture onward to the city of Cholula. During your journey you will have the opportunity to see a beautiful view of both the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes (if the weather allows it).
Escape from the hustle and bustle of Mexico City for 2 days discovering the incredible neighboring towns. Drive to Cholula and Puebla, both cities with a colonial history sporting elaborate churches and refined gastronomy.
Discover a memorable collection of African creatures in the heart of Mexico, living just outside of Puebla. Africam Safari recreates the breathtaking experience of a wildlife expedition; you can meet giant African elephants and smaller, more peculiar species from all over the world.
This tour is a mix of entertainment: Family fun, cultural interest and shopping. Departures from downtown at 10:30 am, 12:10 pm, 4:45 pm and 5:15 pm.
Verified travelerJul 31, 2019
A very clean safe city with a calm and peaceful aura