Located only 120 km from Mexico City, Puebla is a destination that meets the needs of all tastes. With an invaluable cultural and artistic heritage, incredible natural scenery, and rich gastronomy, Puebla is a must-visit destination in Mexico.
A Jewel of World Architecture
Puebla is a jewel of world architecture that has been able to adapt the spaces to fill them with life and movement. It was declared by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity with more than five thousand listed buildings in 1987. The magnificent layout of the city has given rise to the legend that it was the angels themselves who made it.
Cultural Tradition and Museums
Puebla is a place full of culture, magic, traditions, history, and beliefs. It has interesting museums where the cultural tradition is fully manifested and where invaluable jewels of national history are kept. In the Forts of Loreto and Guadalupe, echoes of combat of the Battle of May 5, 1862, seem to be heard. Some museums combine technology with art, such as the Amparo which leads to knowledge using interactivity, and the Poblano de Arte Virreinal, with one of the best collections of sacred art in Latin America.
A Rich and Intense Gastronomy
Within the culture of Puebla, gastronomy is one of the richest and most intense manifestations in all its regions. It is recognized worldwide for some dishes such as the mole poblano, the chiles en nogada, and traditional sweets. Its food boasts of knowing how to combine flavors, smells, textures, and colors to perfection. It unites in one dish the indigenous and Spanish heritage with influences such as Arabic and French Chalapar, purslane, tinga, pipian, maguey worms, romeritos, chanclas, cemitas, molotes, among others. It is a good reason to visit Puebla.
A Sensitive and Colorful Handicrafts
The state's handicrafts are an example of the sensitivity of its inhabitants who, through diverse elements and colors, give shape to the spirit of a people. Just as in gastronomy, in handicrafts, the indigenous essence or the Spanish touch is kept either in the production process or in the aesthetics of the pieces. Examples such as Talavera, onin and amate paper, and embroidered textiles have traveled the world, putting their name on high.
A Total Puebla Architecture
Puebla is one of the most representative examples of the prolific Mexican architecture. Here the different styles came together to give rise to a way of life, a unique personality, to a total poblano character. The churches of San Francisco Acatepeo and Tonantzintla, the Chapel of Rosario, the House of Alfenique, the Cathedral, the Palafoxiana Library, and the House of the Dolls, among other important constructions, prove it.
Different Nature Activities
Given its natural richness, different types of activities can be performed such as mountaineering, photography, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, rafting, caving, free flight (delta and paragliding), cycling, camping, hiking, and rappelling, among others.
A Zoo with Mexican Animals
Near the capital of Puebla is the most important zoo in Latin America, where a great variety of wild animals and a wide collection of Mexican animals, many of them in danger of extinction, live in freedom as in their natural habitat.
Nightlife, Shopping, and Culture
In Puebla, visitors can enjoy the nightlife in its bars and nightclubs, taste the exquisite cuisine in its restaurants, have a drink in the portals, shop in its modern shopping malls, visit the antique bazaars, visit the workshops and craft stores, skate on the ice rink, enjoy its spas and sports centers, play in its golf courses, and participate in the cultural life in which film shows, theater, exhibitions, and other activities are available.
Pre-Hispanic Archeological Sites
Puebla has an impressive pre-Hispanic legacy, and there are several archeological sites to explore. Among them, Cholula stands out with one of the most important ceremonial centers, Cantona, known as "The Splendor of Mesoamerican Urbanization," and Yohualichan, "The House of the Mysterious Night" in the Sierra Norte.
Colorful Festivals and Rituals
Puebla is also known for its colorful festivals and rituals. The offerings of the dead in Ruaquechula, the famous Flower Fair of Ruauchanango and the Ritual to Quetzalcoatl in Cholula, the Voladores de Cuetzalar, and the Fair of Puebla that coincides with the festivities of the Battle of May 6th are just a few examples.
In summary, Puebla is a destination that offers a unique blend of history, culture, nature, gastronomy, architecture, and traditions. Whether you are interested in exploring archeological sites, indulging in delicious cuisine, or enjoying a night out on the town, Puebla has something for everyone. So, if you are planning a trip to Mexico, make sure to put Puebla on your list of must-visit destinations.