Puebla de Zaragoza Travel Guide

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Puebla de Zaragoza Highlights

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    ahoerner says…

     Nice city... 

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     None, really. Just wish I had one or two more days to see more. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A hidden jewel of Mexico 

Puebla de Zaragoza Things to Do

  • Casa de Alfeñique

    The Casa de Alfeñique is named for the intricate mortar work that covers its facade. Alfeñique is a kind of sugar and almond candy. It was constructed by Antonio Santamaría de Inchaurregui for Juan Ignacio Morales, who was a master ironsmith. The facades also contain ironwork balconies, cornices and a crown. The house was left to the state by...

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  • 5 de Mayo Streetwut

    The 5 de Mayo Streetwut is one of the most beautiful streets in Puebla.Every year on the 5th of May, Puebla celebrates the defeat of invading French troops here in 1862. Celebrations include several days of concerts, lectures, other cultural activities. On the 5th itself, there is a very large parade and a re-enactment of the battle. The parade...

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  • Zocalo

    The Zocalo with its garden is the cultural, political and religious center of the city as it is in every Mexican city or town.Many political and cultural events have been and continue to be held here. Bullfights were held in the main square from 1566 to 1722. Today, the Zocalo is a tree-filled plaza and contains a large number of sculptures, but...

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  • Municipal Palace

    The Municipal Palace is located on Maximino Avila Camacho. The facade is made of gray cantera stone in Renaissance style, using Ionic columns and pediments, differing from the other buildings that border the main plaza. The portal has two levels topped by a central garret, in which there is a clock and towers on each side.

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  • Chapel Del Rosario

    The Chapel Del Rosario is located in the Church of Santo Domingo and is the most beautiful its part and the most beautiful Chapel in Mexico. The Chapel was built between 1650 and 1690 and was the first to be dedicated to the Our Lady of the Rosary. The chapel is filled with symbolism, as it is filled with images and elements which are...

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  • Church of Santo Domingo

    The Church of Santo Domingo is one of the most beautiful churches in Pueba. The main portal is of pure Classic style finished in gray cantera stone. It consists of three levels with paired Doric-like columns. The facade of the old monastery is highly decorated in Baroque style, in front of which is a large atrium. Inside the ceiling consists of two...

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  • Churros--just fried dough, but sure hits...

    I know, you're looking at the photo thinking, eew! fried dough! But hey, this fried dough is da bomb! Living in Southern California, churros are as common in Los Angeles as apple pie is in other parts of the U.S. So to happen upon this churreria in Puebla that is OPEN UNTIL MIDNIGHT was a blessing!You can buy a few in a bag to happily munch as you...

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  • Good dinner/drinks on the Zocalo

    Like Casa Puebla, this is another good restaurant on the Zocalo at which to enjoy food, drinks and soak in the local atmosphere. Besides the typical regional specialities, there are also Italian items on the menus (pastas and pizzas.)It is always crowded, but one can always find some place to sit.Some of the waitresses wear the traditional China...

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  • Great place for drinks/food on the...

    This place was usually busy both during the day and the evening.In the evening, there are modern, comfortable chairs situated on the sidewalk, often with live music to accompany your dinner/drinks.Seemed to be a place where people would hang out, probably to gather before hitting the clubs. I ordered chalupas a soda de limonada. My friend ordered...

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  • Chalupas

    I spent four days in Puebla, and believe it or not, I had chalupas at least once, sometimes twice a day.I don't know if this particular dish originated in Puebla, but it is on the menus of most restaurants in the city. And, you often see street vendors, both day and night, selling chalupas to anxious passersby who need a quick bite to eat on the go...

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  • Mole sauces

    In most restaurants in Puebla, you will find these two types of sauces on the menu:* Mole Poblano--served with some sort of meat (chicken, turkey, etc.) or on enchiladas* Pipian Verde--a green pumpkin seed sauce, again either over meat or enchiladasAlthough you can find mole (pronounced "moh-lay") sauces in dishes throughout Mexico, Puebla is the...

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  • Serving Poblano specialties since 1953

    We visited one of El Ranchito's three locations, going to the one located within the Hotel Palace not far from the Zocalo. We had read about the restaurant, and our tour guide had also recommended it to us as a place where we could try the famous "chile en nogada" regional speciality dish.It is a very casual venue, and very reasonable, too. I would...

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Puebla de Zaragoza Nightlife

  • Late night cafe, live music, street...

    Even though the photo shown was taken during the day, this place is just as busy in the evening. We ended two of our evenings here, partaking in drinks and a plateful of French Fries. The Carolinas is open until at least 1:00am on Fridays and Saturdays, and closes a little earlier on other days. It is located in a busy activity-filled section of...

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  • Lounge & Salsa Bar

    On a Friday or Saturday night, as you walk down Avenida 3 Oriente coming from Calle 6 Sur, you can hear the rhythmic sounds of salsa, merengue and other Latin music coming from this venue on Avenida 3 Oriente.Stop inside, and if you're lucky, you will find the bar packed with salsa dancing patrons. We stopped by one night, and it seemed pretty...

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  • Always a sure bet

    Puebla's Zocalo is lively, both during the day and at night. The Zocalo is surrounded by several restaurants, cafes and fast food places (yes, unfortunately one will find McDonalds and Burger King here...)But, for drinks and some food and to relax and people-watch, the Zocalo is a sure bet to find a place to hang out.Some of the cafes have live...

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Puebla de Zaragoza Transportation

  • How to get to Puebla

    Puebla lies 80 miles (130 km) southeast of Mexico City at an altitude of 7091 feet (2149 m).Puebla is well connected by road with Mexico City. From Mexico City take toll road 150 to Puebla.By car, you should take the toll road, because it’s faster and safer. Arriving at Puebla City, take the exit that says “Boulevard Hermanos Serdán” and follow the...

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  • Estrella Roja: Direct service to/from...

    La Estrella Roja provides direct bus service from the Mexico City International Airport to Puebla's Poniente bus station. It runs almost every hour (often every half hour, too), is clean, comfortable, well-maintained, airconditioned and worth every penny of your bus ticket.The round trip between MEX and Puebla costs only $28 USD (one-way is about...

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  • Private tour guide for day trips round...

    We took half-day trip to Cholula. We arranged it through our hotel and were matched with Carlos Riveros, who owns his own private tour services.Carlos was very amiable, knowledgeable and helpful. The pace of our 4-hour trip was just right. He speaks both English and Italian (having spent some time in Hyde Park, New York) and is available for day...

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Puebla de Zaragoza Shopping

  • Talavera pottery

    The city is also famous for mole poblano, chiles en nogada and Talavera pottery.Soon after its foundation, Puebla was well known for its fine ceramics, especially for the style that would be called Talavera. This has been due to the abundance of quality clay in the region, drawing some of the best artisans. Between 1550 and 1570, Spanish potter...

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  • Talavera ceramics

    Puebla is known for its fine Talavera ceramics--tiles, pottery, dishes, etc. The true Talavera artisans use 100 percent handcrafted methods, and it takes years of apprenticeship to learn the fine craft, be it a pottery maker, a painter, designer, etc.Two of the most famous Talavera factories in Puebla is Talavera Uriarte and Talavera de la Reyna....

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  • Unusual, colorful picture frames

    At the Sunday market, I was struck by one vendor booth that displayed an array of bright, boldly colored wooden picture frames. The name of the artisan group was Tzopelli. Each frame was itself a unique, beautiful piece of art. I thought to myself that I would like to purchase one or more of the frames, and made a mental note to return.Well, my...

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Puebla de Zaragoza Local Customs

  • Víctor Sánchez Espinosa

    I was lucky to see the cathedral's Archbishop Víctor Sánchez Espinosa.Archbishop Victor SÁNCHEZ ESPINOSA (61)(2009.02.05 – ...)Born: 1950.05.21 (Mexico)Ordained Priest: 1976.06.06Consecrated Bishop: 2004.03.26Titular Bishop of Ambia (2004.03.02 – 2009.02.05)Auxiliary Bishop of México (Mexico) (2004.03.02 – 2009.02.05)Secretary General of Consejo...

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  • Cafe culture

    There are several cafes that locals tend to frequent. For coffee, the Italian Coffee Co. chain was as prevalent as Starbucks is in most major U.S. cities. Others include bar/restaurants such as Cafe Vittorios and Casa Puebla (see my Nightlife Tips.)This cafe, shown in this photo, was the El Convento de las Carolinas, a lively place open during the...

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  • La China Poblana

    La China Poblana is a revered citizen of Puebla. Catarina, originally name Mirrha, was an Asian girl who came to Mexico in 1620 as a servant and left her mark on the traditions of the Spanish colonial region with her clothing. They say she was probably sold into servitude by traders in the port of Acapulco. She is believed to have been captured by...

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Puebla de Zaragoza Warnings and Dangers

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    Traffic in Puebla.

    by ahoerner Updated Jun 22, 2005

    Although Puebla is not as large as Mexico D.F., you may experience some traffic jams and some "not so organized" traffic as well due to the narrow streets in downtown.

    Just remain calm and enjoy the ride...

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Puebla de Zaragoza What to Pack

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    by AnnaLupilla Written Aug 28, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For the fact of Puebla lying at an altitud of 2152m and the lack of heating in Mexican hotels and homes, bring warm clothes (especially for the nights), as well as a scarf and cloves for winter months.

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Puebla de Zaragoza Off The Beaten Path

  • Fuerte de Loreto (Loreto Fort)

    This fort is located on the former battlefield where the Battle of Puebla took place between Mexicans and Napoleon's French Army.Inside the fort there is a museum, with some of the history being taught and some nice paintings about the famous battle, that ended with the French defeated.

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  • Mercado El Parián

    Interesting local market where you can buy some typical Mexican souvenirs, Mexican chili sweets (yes!!!) and the famous Talavera Pueblana, which is a pottery style unique in Mexico.Definitely worth a visit...

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  • Museo de la Revolución Casa de los...

    This museum tells the story of the Serdan brothers during the mexican revolution. The architecture in spanish style is beautiful, with its interior balconies. And you also get to know some more of the mexican early history.Address: 6 Oriente 206Opens: 10h00 to 16h30

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Puebla de Zaragoza Favorites

  • A nice city to visit

    If you happen to travel to Puebla, as you can see from my Tips, I would recommend the regional specialty dishes, the arts and crafts, and generally exploring the city by foot in and around the historic centre. A day trip to Cholula is also a must. Be adventurous--at night, it was always pretty safe walking around. Even if you don't like club music,...

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  • Currency Exchange

    Currency exchange is very easy in Puebla. In the Zocalo, there is a Santander Bank, which from the signs inside the bank is affiliated with Bank of America. You can exchange currency inside and there are also two ATM machines available that accept most cards that are networked with popular ATM networks.There was also an HSBC Bank close to the...

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  • Daytrip to coastal Veracruz

    Veracruz is the largest harbor in that region. It is not far from Puebla, so it is also doable during a weekend.I decided for a daytrip on a saturday, when I've got to know the fortress San Juan de Ulua and some of the city, not mentioning the tasty coastal Mexican cuisine.Trip takes about 3 hours from Puebla. You will leave behind the 2,200 m...

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