Puebla

When to go

Jan-March

Ideal length

4 nights

Transfer time

1 hour flight from Patagonia

Known as the City of Angels, Puebla, a World Heritage Site, lies 136 km from Mexico City. The city has some 5,000 colonial buildings, which are mostly baroque edifices built during the 16th century. At times, it seems as though the architectural designs of some of the convents, churches and squares came from heaven above. Not only is this city known for its splendid architecture, but it also offers excellent cuisine.

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN PUEBLA

ADMIRE THE ARCHITECTURE

While Puebla is principally known as one of the best architectural destinations in Mexico, it also has a smattering of slightly more unusually decorated buildings that are worth taking a look at. The first is the Talavera tiled Casa de los Muñecos, although if you’re into beautifully tiled buildings, make sure to stop by Casa del Alfeñique too.

CITY TOUR

The best tour to get to know Puebla’s history, culture, and tradition. Explore the most remarkable spots of the city, which are all part of its identity. See highlights including the Puebla Cathedral and Rosary Chapel, and visit the handicraft market and the oldest bar in the city.

MURALS OF XANENETLA

Xanenetla, considered Puebla’s youngest neighbourhood, is also one of its most vibrant and makes for an excellent escape if you’re more interested in street art than colonial architecture. Street art projects have breathed new life into the barrio, with its cobbled streets and around 55 colourful, full-wall sized murals await you in this quirky corner of Puebla City.

EXPLORE A VOLCANO

Puebla boasts a location that’s just a stone’s throw away from the famed twin volcanoes of Mexico; Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl. While the latter is off limits to visitors, due to a 1994 eruption, the former still makes for a great climbing or sight-seeing option. Equally, step inside the Cuexcomate geiser instead.

FOOD OF PUEBLA

Besides mole poblano and the seasonal delight that is a chile en nogada, Puebla is also well known for producing some delicious sugary treats too. The best place for those of you with a sweet tooth to sample all the culinary specialities this city has to offer is the so-called Calle de los Dulces (Sweet Street).

CHOLULA TOUR

Just six miles west of Puebla is one of Mexico’s MOST historically important colonial towns: Cholula. Cholula is best known for Pyramide Tepanapa – the world’s largest pyramid by volume; bigger in that sense than the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. At its zenith, Cholula was the second largest city in the land after Tenochtitlan.

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