Legend has it that once the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was built, no one was able to explain how the 8 tons bell was placed in the highest towers of all of Latin America; therefore, the fact was adjudicated to the angels who wanted to see the beautiful Cathedral finished; for this reason, the city was named Puebla de Los Ángeles.
In 1987, the UNESCO declared it as Heritage of Humanity.
The angelopolis, as some locals like to call it, is a city full of history, magic, and an unmistakable baroque style in its architecture, that, along with its culture and traditions show the indigenous influence mixed with the French, Spanish, and Lebanese.
Puebla also has some of the most beautiful nature with rivers, mountains, and volcanos.
This city is also called the Reliquary of America given the amount of churches, temples, and religious centers, that are so many, that one could spend a whole year partaking in celebrations, fairs, festivities and saint days, all of these, of course, including the most delicious traditional food. Puebla is known as the World Capital of Mole and Chiles en Nogada which, we highly recommend you try at the Mercado de Sabores Poblanos.
You can eat mole all through the year, this distinct combination of more than 30 ingredients that has gained world recognition and fame for this state; however, for the Chiles, you will have to come in the Summer time when the ingredients are in season.
If you get a chance, taste also the chalupas and cemitas and to top your meal off have a glass of rompope Santa Clara; this will surely be self-explanatory as to why Puebla was the second most important place of the colonial period in Mexico.
There is a special place for culture, with 40 museums –don’t miss the Museo de Títeres y Marionetas Mexicanas; on the other hand, you will be able to enjoy the lovely Haciendas and colonial mansions that can become the venue for a wedding or a special celebration.
And for those with a sweet tooth, Puebla has some delicious camotes, tortillas de Santa Clara, and jamoncillos de nuez y piñón made with ancient traditional recipes
go trekking or hiking on its impressive volcanos, but bear in mind that the Popocatépetl is an active volcano that from time to time likes to wake up and spit some ash, so please hire a seasoned guide to be safe.
If you visit in the wintertime you will find the most fantastic views but the risk increases at the Iztaccihuatl.
To feel a bit like the Little Prince you may want to go see the Cuexcomate volcano –the smallest in the world; the Archeological center Cantona or the San Bernardino mountain, only 9 km from the city.
If the windy conditions are good you could try paragliding and feel like a bird in the most amazing experience of your life.
Go see the Biblioteca Palafoxiana, the first library in America.
If you feel like taking a nice souvenir back with you, go shopping at el Mercado del Carmen and El Parían, where you will find local pottery handicrafts made of the famous technique known as Talavera Poblana; for a more upscale and design Talavera, look for La Talavera de la Reina.
Enhance your trip with these nearby destinations: Cholula (13 km away; enjoy its food, handicrafts, archeologic sites, churches, temples, pilgrimages, museums, festivities, regional dances, paragliding, and streetcar); Atlixco (31.
2 km, religious and cultural touring, archeological sites, temples, festivals, floriculture, trekking, gastronomy).
Things to see and do
Gastronomy, handicrafts, museums, temples, churches, rivers, hiking, trekking, archeological sites, mountaineering, ecotourism, shopping, paragliding, camping, nightlife, romantic and wedding tourism.