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About Puebla:

Known as Puebla of the Angels or Puebla of Zaragoza, Puebla is Mexico's 4th largest city and among the oldest cities in the country. It is one of Mexico's cities that has the best preserved its colonial architecture. Located in a valley flanked by volcanoes, Puebla lies 80 miles (130 km) southeast of Mexico City at an altitude of 2149 meters (7091 feet) above sea level. Puebla's warm hospitality, relaxed atmosphere, colorful surroundings and distinct colonial history make it a worthwhile destination. Here you will find wonderful crafts, including talavera pottery, the tree of life figurines, bark paper paintings and unique onyx and marble sculptures. These products may be found in the traditional markets and beautiful plazas where artisans sell them. You can also find those items and much more at the traditional markets and beautiful plazas where artisans sell their products. Puebla, a city of gray hewn stone constructions, is Mexico’s fifth largest city. Walking along the streets, you’ll see marvelous facades with lovely iron balconies. In the environs, you’ll find beautiful natural areas where you can do all kinds of outdoor recreational activities.

If you need official tourist information, you would visit these offices:

  • Municipal Tourist Information Office Portal Hidalgo 14, Centro Historico (222) 404-5008. You can see the bulletin board outside for information about current events.
  • State Tourist Information Office 5 Oriente 3, Centro Historico (222) 777-1519. It has very helpful English-speaking staff.

 

Attractive places

Places in Puebla Places around Puebla

   

Cathedral

Puebla's cathedral, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, is a treasure of colonial art. Designed by Francisco Becerra, the first stage of construction took place between 1575 and 1618. The initial plans included four corner towers like the cathedral of Valladolid, Spain.

The second phase of construction was under the direction of Bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza who consecrated the cathedral on April 18, 1649. The main facade, in the sober mannerist style, is made of dark grey quarry stone and was completed in 1664.
 

Amparo Museum

This Museum houses a wide collection of Prehispanic, Colonial, Modern and Contemporary Mexican art. It is located in the Historic Downtown area of the city of Puebla.

You can visit it in 2 Sur 708, Centro Historico. Tel: (222) 229-3850.
 

Mexican Revolution Museum

This building, which houses the Mexican Revolution Museum, is also known as the Casa de los Hermanos Serdan, (House of the Serdan brothers). The first battle of the Mexican Revolution took place here on November 18, 1910, when the Serdan family was betrayed two days before the planned uprising against President Porfirio Diaz.

The house retains the bullet marks from the battle. The museum depicts the life and times of Aquiles Serdán (1877-1910) and his family, and has a room dedicated to the women of the Revolution. It is located in 6 Oriente No. 206. Museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
   

El Parian Market

The market was established in 1796. Here you will find a wide variety of crafts, including talavera pottery, textiles, clothing, onyx figures and traditional candy. Handicrafts from other states are also available, as well as jewelry and leather-work. You can visit in 6 Norte, corner of 4 Oriente.

   

Plazuela de los Sapos

It has antiques and flea market on Sundays, and is 4 sur between 3 oriente and 7 oriente. Any day of the week you can visit the antique shops along the plaza or enjoy a drink in one of the bars or restaurants. Many of the establishments here have live music in the evenings

   

Cholula

Cholula, located just six miles (10 km) outside of Puebla, is characterized by its catholic temples, built over pre-Colombian monuments by the Spaniards. You can see The Great Pyramid of Cholula, the world's largest pyramid topped by the Virgen de los Remedios church.

   

African Safari

This zoo offers the fascinating animal kingdom. It is located 17 km from Puebla by the road to Valsequillo. Founded in 1972, Africam Safari has around 3000 animals of 250 species. These animals live in complete liberty in a habitat that encourages development and reproduction. The park is divided into four sections: African, American International and a "tiger heaven" along with a children's zoo. It has a picnic section and a marina with rental of boats to enjoy Valsequillo lake where you can enjoy taking pictures, a souvenirs shop and a camel ride. In the children's zoo there are pony rides and a restaurant.

 
   
Oaxaca

The City of Oaxaca offers visitors great colonial architecture, including the Santo Domingo Temple, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Macedonio Alcala Theater, the Lesser Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Prehispanic Art, and the House of Cortes. You can also enjoy a variety of musical bands performing in the traditional "kiosco" and the "Alameda."

In the surrounding areas of the capital city, visitors can explore several interesting towns, many of which contain important archaeological sites. Throughout the entire state are markets selling crafts and objects of popular art which are a treasure for collectors.

Monte Alban, the storied prehispanic capital of the Mixtec-Zapotec empire, is located 10 km from the city of Oaxaca. Another major archaeological site is the ancient Zapotec center of Mitla, which in the Zapotec language originally meant "place of the Dead." Mitla is famous for its unique ancient tile work. On the land now occupied by the state of Oaxaca, prehispanic civilizations flourished and attained great splendor before the arrival of Columbus. Despite the conquest and colonization by the Spanish, the Mixtec and the Zapotec Indians maintained their language, their culture, and their social organization, the products of a unique indigenous civilization.

Oaxaca is located at an altitude of 1550 meters above sea level. From Puebla, you last to get to Oaxaca for 4-5 hours, approximately.

Santo Domingo Temple

Basilica of
Nuestra Señora de la Soledad
   
 
Oaxaca: Trip from Puebla  


Monte Alban Archaeological Ruins

Spectacularly located on an artificially leveled mountain top, Monte Albán (White Mountain) overlooks the three valleys of Oaxaca. It is said to have been built by the Zapotecs as a 'capital' city to govern the area, hence its position and elevation. It is located 10 km from the city of Oaxaca.

History Monte Albán was founded around 700BC, when population growth in the area was sufficient to support a religious élite. It became the most important center in the area, and by 300AD had a population of about 50,000 - more than any European city at the time. The Site Most of the structures surround a vast plaza, orientated north-south. There are large platforms to the north and south; you'll enter at the north-east corner.
Zapotec ball-courts differ from those of the Maya in several ways; there are no stone rings and the court is shaped like a capital I. The sides of the court were sloping, but experts think that these walls were used in the game and were not for spectators. There is no evidence of human sacrifices related to the ball game in the Zapotec culture. However, the game seems to have involved moving the ball using elbows and hips similar to the method of play used by the Maya. The Northern platform was probably the major structure on the plaza, though much of it is in ruins now and it's difficult to imagine its original glory. There are several broad stairways offering great views of the valley.  

Ceremonial Center Main Square
   
 
Game Ball  


El Tajín

El Tajín is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site near the present-day city of Papantla, in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Tajín means city or place of thunder in the Totonac language, and is believed to have been one of the names for the Totonac god of thunder, lightning and rain. El Tajin was at its height from the early 9th to the early 13th century. It became the most important centre in north-east Mesoamerica after the fall of the Teotihuacan Empire. Its cultural influence extended all along the Gulf and penetrated into the Maya region and the high plateaux of central Mexico. Its architecture, which is unique in Mesoamerica, is characterized by elaborate carved reliefs on the columns and frieze. The 'Pyramid of the Niches', a masterpiece of ancient Mexican and American architecture, reveals the astronomical and symbolic significance of the buildings. El Tajin has survived as an outstanding example of the grandeur and importance of the pre-Hispanic cultures of Mexico.

From Puebla, you should make a trip to Poza Rica city (see map) by bus (5 hours approximately). Then, you can get El Tajín using a local service.

A Pre-Hispanic city

El Tajín: Access from Puebla

   
 
Pyramid of he Niches  


Teotihuacan

The holy city of Teotihuacan ('the place where the gods were created') is situated some 50 km north-east of Mexico City. Built between the 1st and 7th centuries A.D., it is characterized by the vast size of its monuments – in particular, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, laid out on geometric and symbolic principles. As one of the most powerful cultural centres in Mesoamerica, Teotihuacan extended its cultural and artistic influence throughout the region, and even beyond. Between 100,000 and 200,000 people lived there at its peak around 600 A.D., making it one of the ancient world's largest cities with an urban core covering some twenty square kilometers.

The Avenue of the Dead was the main street of Teotihuacan. It ran for more than 2.5 km, beginning at the Moon Plaza to the north. As originally built, the Sun Pyramid was approximately 215 by 215 m at the base, and about 63 m high. It was significantly enlarged at least twice in later periods, resulting in a final size of 225 m along each side. The pyramid was located on the east side of the Avenue of the Dead in the northern half of the city. The Pyramid of the Moon is located at the extreme northern end of the Avenue of the Dead, the principal axis of the city of Teotihuacan.

Avenue of the dead 
(taken from the Pyramid of the Moon)

Teotihuacan

To get Teotihuacan, you should make a trip from Puebla to North terminal of Mexico-DF (2 hours approximately). After, you should take a bus: North terminal-Teotihuacan (30 min approximately). You can imagine this rout seeing the following map:


Teotihuacan: Access from Puebla