Explore Mexico: Visit Puebla and its Surroundings
July 2, 2019
by Anastasia Malavolti
When I told my family I was going to study in Puebla, Mexico, most of them imagined a small “pueblo”. For some reason, in Italy and at least around Europe, not many people have heard of this wonderful Mexican gem. It is not even a small town, the city is the 4rth biggest in Mexico. Visit Puebla is being surrounded by colonial architecture, enclosed by the breath-taking view of the vulcano Popocatepetl, in one of the gastronomic centres of the tasty Mexican food culture. Having lived there, I can assure that visit Puebla, is definitely something you don’t want to miss when in Mexico. Its central position would make Puebla an easy and enjoyable stop. Or if you’re planning to move to Puebla, short or long-term, rest assured, you won’t be disappointed! This vibrant city is chosen by many nationals for its universities and it is growing at a rapid speed.
But what is there to do in Puebla?
Visit Cholula and fall in love with its Cathedral
If many haven’t heard of Puebla, Cholula, the “Pueblo Magico” only 15 minutes from Puebla centre is even less known to most who haven’t been to Mexico. What a shame! Cholula’s cathedral, its pyramids, its colorful buildings, the ancient streets… Cholula is really a magical place. The pyramid is the largest in the world, its base and volume are greater than those of any other pyramid. Yes, the largest pyramid is not in Egypt! Also, it is the largest monument ever built by humans. I bet you did not know that one too! The beautiful cathedral built on top is a later addition that during the night gets lighten and adds to Cholula’s magical charm.
Walk around Puebla’s Zocalo
Like many colonial cities, the historical centre of Puebla is organized around a main square with an imponent cathedral. During the weekend, the main streets spreading out from it are filled with markets selling mainly artisan art. El Callejón de los Sapos, translated as “The Frogs’ Alley” is one of the most popular street where you can buy local art and vintage pieces.
Visit Museo Amparo and The Barocco Museum
Museo Amparo is a free-entrance museum with a wonderful terrace to enjoy Puebla from above and most of all, the best place to go for those interested in Mexican and Latin American art from pre-Colonial times to the contemporary art. The Barocco Museum is worth a visit even just for its white architecture. The entrance is free every Wednesday and the interactive exhibits on the history of Baroccan Art and Architecture are definitely worth a visit.
Eat Mexican Street Food : Enjoy the traditional Cemita
Cemita is a “torta” from Puebla. It is basically a sandwich with meat, avocado, onions, cheese. As simple and “classic” as it sounds, cemitas are not the most popular Mexican food, but how tasty are they! Also, the obvious tacos are not to undervalue, everyone has their favourite ones, and trust me, they are a lot better than the “Mexican” food you knew before going to Mexico.
These are just some of the many things Puebla offers to its visitors. You can also plan a visit to the pueblos close by like Cuetzalan or you can plan a hike to la Malinche, where you can get a beautiful view of both the volcanos surrounding the area. However you choose to spend your days in Puebla, you’ll have a great time!