Puebla Travel Guide

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The City of Puebla is just 128 km (79 miles) east of Mexico City. It sits in a valley between some of the tallest mountains and volcanoes in the country. It's 2,150m (7,052ft) above sea level.
Puebla was founded by the Spanish to be the resting place for those who had to travel back and forth Mexico City and Veracruz, the closest port. It became the most important city, just behind Mexico City, mostly because it was mainly inhabited by Spanish. This is why the city was built with such elegance and class.
Nowadays, it's the forth largest city in Mexico and one of the most attractive for the tourism. In 1987 Puebla has been part of the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage List. The amazing Colonial architecture, the unique use of Talavera in walls, floors and ornaments, the lively plazas and the massive beautiful churches have cast spells in thousands of people who every year come to visit and admire this beautiful city. The famous Puebla's food (Cocina Poblana) is another reason to come. Mole, Chalupas, Chiles en Nogada, Cemitas, everything cooked here is considered an important part of the world wide famous Mexican Cuisine.
The famous, beautiful and millenary Cholula is just 15 km (9.3 miles) west of Puebla, and is a must visit.
Of course, another amazing thing about about Puebla is 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.

Where to Go in Puebla

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Puebla Marriott Real

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Avenida Hermanos Serdan 807

Even though is far from downtown, this hotel is still many visitor's first choice.

Catedral de Puebla

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Av. 16 de Septiembre unnumbered

This is an impressive treasure of colonial architecture.

El Parrillaje - Huexotitla

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43 PONIEnTE, at 5 A SUR

A steakhouse with delicious meat and great deserts.

Bull McCabe

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Av. Juárez No. 2902

Great pub with all kinds of beers and live music every night!

Puebla Blog Posts

UPDATES FROM OUR TRAVEL TEAM

The Crafts Market of Puebla: El Parian
The word “Parian” comes from the Tagalog, the language spoken by the Philippines, and means Market. Due to the Manila galleon that had trades with Mexico between the 16th and 19th Centuries, many words from Nahuatl were introduced to Tagalog, and vice versa.  Read more

The Murals of "Casa del Dean", a House Speaking Through Its Walls
The Casa del Dean, or The Dean’s House (a Dean is a cleric with much authority) was built around 1580, and it’s called like that because it was Tomás de la Plaza Goes’ house, and he was the Dean of the Cathedral in Puebla.  Read more

A Great View of the Volcanos
I just wanted to share this amazing view of the volcanos, el Popocatepetl and el Iztaccihuatl, or el Popo y el Izta, as we lovingly call them.  Read more


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