My first time in Puebla



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Puebla is a city of unequalled beauty, famous for its architecture, its cuisine and the wonderful volcano sight you can admire from almost anywhere in the city. If you’re still not convinced to come, then you must know that it is worldly known as the City of Angels. Legend has it angels chose and planed the city and originally, it was named Puebla de los Angeles.
But the magnificence of the city deserves that name despite the legend. Downtown Puebla is an architectural spectacle in which most of the churches, squares and little palaces seem to have been designed in heaven above. Of course not everything was made in heaven, the mexican feeling of it was made right here on earth, none of this would have an impact without the sound of the typical marimba filling every square, the sight of dozens of ballon vendors all over downtown and the noisy friendly people.
Puebla is famous for its buildings, crafts, cuisine and history. It’s filled with secrets and wonders waiting for you to discover and enjoy, and once you come, you’ll find out that the people is another reason you’ll fall in love with Puebla.
Probably the most stunning building in Puebla is the Cathedral. It was begun in 1575, and took 300 years to complete. For many centuries, a building in Puebla couldn’t be taller than the Cathedral towers, the tallest in México. The main facade, made of gray quarry, is late Baroque and Neoclassical. But the inside is also beautiful; the main altar, the 14 Miguel Cabrera medallions, the two organs and the 14 side chapels are worth visit.
Puebla is also famous for its cuisine. The sauce known as mole is Puebla’s main dish, and has become one of Mexico’s representative dishes. Another famous dish in Puebla is the Chile en Nogada, a green, red and white dish served around that time of year when mexicans celebrate the Independence from the Spaniards.
Nobody can talk about Puebla without mentioning the marvelous sight of the snow-topped volcanos surrounding the city, since Puebla is located in the middle of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt. The two most famous volcanos, the Popocatépetl and the Iztaccíhuatl, are west of the city, and according to the legend were two lovers who turned into volcanoes and stayed as a timeless prove of love overcoming everything. The Popocatepetl is the second highest peak in Mexico and it’s not unusual to see harmless ash clouds coming out of it. Both of these volcanos, along with la Malinche, a dormant volcano north of the city, can be seen practically every day. But if you’re lucky and the sky is really clear, you’ll be able to see the tallest peak in Mexico, the Citlaltépetl, also known as Pico de Orizaba, to the east.

Author: VicaAmuchastegui


Day 1 - Puebla


We’ll start at the Zocalo, the main square. Be sure to walk up and down the Zocalo, enjoy the marimba music, the sculptures and the people. Go to the Portales, the animated covered sidewalks filled with snack bars and restaurants. South the Zocalo is the Cathedral, probably the most stunning building in Puebla. Be sure to visit it and enjoy both the outside and the inside.
Behind the Cathedral is the Casa de la Cultura, go inside and up the stairs. There you’ll find the Palafoxiana Library. Be sure to go inside and enjoy.
From the Zocalo to the north, walk up the 5 de Mayo street and you’ll find the Santo Domingo church. Go inside, and walk towards the main altar, then turn to your left hand side and you’ll see the amazing Capilla del Rosario.
You can walk back down 5 de Mayo street, enjoying the pedestrian area, and finish your day at some café on the Portales, admiring the Zocalo.


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Zocalo

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16 de Septiembre at Av. Juan de Palafox y Mendoza
72000 Puebla, Mexico


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Catedral de Puebla

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Av. 16 de Septiembre unnumbered
72000 Puebla, Mexico


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Biblioteca Palafoxiana

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5 Oriente 5
72000 Puebla, México

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tel: (222) 232-10-67


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Capilla del Rosario

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5 de Mayo 409
72000 Puebla, Mexico


Day 2 - Puebla


We’ll start the second day in Puebla with a visit to the Amparo Museum. Inside you’ll find a vast collection of pre-Columbian, Colonial, Modern and Contemporary art. After the visit to the museum you can walk down 2 Sur street till you arrive to the Zocalo. You can have lunch there and then keep on walking north along 2 North street and then turn right on 2 Oriente street. Walk up this street until you get to 6 Norte. You’ll have arrive to the traditional crafts market El Parian. Walk along the market, and the go to the southwest corner of 6 Norte and 4 Oriente and admire the Alfeñique House, an unique piece of architecture in Mexico. You can either go inside, or go back to the market, and cross 4 Oriente street. This part of the market is known as El Barrio del Artista (The Artist District). There you can walk and visit some artists studios and enjoy the art pieces displayed there.


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Museo Amparo

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2 Sur 708
72000 Puebla, Mexico

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tel: (222) 229 38 50


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El Parian

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6 Norte, between 2 and 4 Oriente
72400 Puebla, Mexico


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Casa del Alfeñique

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4 Oriente 416
72000 Puebla, Mexico

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tel: (222) 232-42-96


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