Puebla is one of the five most important Spanish colonial cities in Mexico. The city is situated 131 kilometres south-east of Mexico City, and west of Veracruz on the Atlantic coast. Pueblo is home to myriad museums, over 70 churches and cathedrals, vibrant markets and delicious cuisine.
To gain a true sense of Puebla’s rich history, head for Rosary Chapel or Capilla del Rosario in Templo de Santo Domingo. The simple colonial exterior doesn’t prepare for the treasures inside. With lavish altars decorated in gold leaf, an onyx pulpit and extravagant plasterwork, the chapel is a jewel of Puebla’s crown. In the historic centre of the city lies one of the most important museums in Mexico, the Amparo Museum. The museum’s permanent exhibits include an extensive collection of pre-Hispanic, colonial and Mexican modern art. The displays, showcasing sculptures, jars, figurines and paintings date from 2,500 BCE to the present day. The museum’s interactive displays and multiple language audio tours make it easy for all to understand. Alternatively, relax and soak up the atmosphere in Zocala, the historic city plaza, a tree-lined square surrounded by shops and restaurants. No visit to Puebla would be complete without spending a few hours in El Parian, the city’s lively market. Centrally located, three blocks from the main square, El Parian has over 100 stalls selling handicrafts and souvenirs from all regions of Mexico. Puebla is also abundant with delicious culinary delights. The city is famous for its “mole Poblano”, a rich, dark sauce made from peppers, spices, chocolate, nuts and fruit. Visitors can dine in traditional cantinas where ancient recipes are brought to life, or in a fine dining restaurant or café. There is something to suit all taste buds and budgets.
The city of Puebla is well connected with Mexico City by road. Travellers preferring to drive can reach Puebla in just over 2 hours via Autopista 150D. The city can also be reached by coach from Mexico City. Buses operate from the Southern Bus Terminal and directly from the Airport to Puebla.
Founded in 1531, Puebla was nestled between two indigenous settlements, Cholula and Tlaxcala which still exist in archaeological form today. The city is peppered with glorious Renaissance and Mexican Baroque architecture with a great focus on religious architecture. It’s the fourth largest city in Mexico, and with renowned colleges, many students come to study in the city. Today, visitors stay in Puebla for the duration of their holiday or take a trip from Mexico City to explore the beautiful churches, delicious cuisine and natural beauty of the area.