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Submitted on May 04, 2020 Useful Info

What to do in Puebla state?

Puebla is located a couple of hours' drive from Mexico City.

Despite being the fourth largest city in Mexico, the traffic is quite manageable and organized, and several streets in the downtown are for walking only.

Founded in 1531, Puebla is influenced by Spanish colonial architecture, including multiple churches, (it said there are 365 churches, one for every day) and over countless colonial-era houses covered in painted ceramic tiles called talavera. The city is also well-known for its gastronomic scene, with specialties such as tacos arabes, cemitas (a type of sandwich), mole poblano, and chiles en nogada.


Eat

If you eat two things in Mexico, it should probably be tacos and mole.

Mole is a Mexican sauce made of chocolate, chili, nuts, onion, garlic, and spices. It takes a long time to make but is worth every second of effort. Eat it drizzled over chicken or enchiladas; it will probably be the best meal of your life.

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Take a ride over the city

You can take a ride in a teleférico, or cable car. The 680-meter journey swings you above the city which is a breathtaking city overview.

Another option is to take a ride on the Estrella de Puebla, an 80-meter high wheel that offers panoramic views of Izta and Popo volcanos.

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Cholula

Just a few kilometers from Puebla is the town Cholula, which is known for having the largest ancient pyramid in Latin America. Most of the Pirámide Tepanapa is hidden under a hill, with the bright yellow Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios (Church of Our Lady of Remedies) on top of it.

  • There is now a beautiful "tourist train" that runs between Puebla and Cholula, dropping you off right at the base of the pyramid. There are three departures from Puebla in the morning and three returns. The ride takes about 40 minutes.

If you prefer more flexibility, you may be better off catching a local bus or taking an Uber one or both ways.

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Visit safari park

A free-range, safari-style zoo-like Africam is one of a kind.

Most of the animals walk free, and you’re allowed to drive slowly on a path through the park. This includes through the open-air exhibits of lions and tigers and bears

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Biblioteca Palofoxiana

On the upper floor of the Casa de la Cultura sits the Biblioteca Palofoxiana, the first public library in the Americas, founded in 1646. It is currently used as a research library only, but you can visit it for free on Tuesdays (40 pesos on other days).

The wooden shelves are gorgeous and full of rare books. Book lovers will be in heaven here.

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Hacienda de Chautla

This charming 19th-century castle is located on an artificial lake that is surrounded by magnificent gardens, tree-covered paths, a chapel, and a museum. In the place you can spend a relaxing day, fishing, taking a walk through the springs, staying in cabins, camping, and many more nature activities.

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Vintage and art street

Callejón de los Sapos, translated as a Frog Alley, every Sunday, turns into a vibrant destination where you can enjoy a wonderful market and the atmosphere all at the same time. From wonderful pottery to some vintage items to the colorful and original souvenir from your time in Puebla.

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Street of sweets

Puebla is also known for its incredible candy. From muégano and camote to las tortitas de Santa Clara, you’ve never seen candy like this before- and it all tastes as good as it looks!

Whether you want to satisfy your hunger for sweet, or just do a bit of window shopping, take a walk down Calle de Los Dulces, or “Sweet Street”

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Xanenetla

Xanenetla is a hidden gem not everyone knows about. It is street art, vibrant house and colorful vibe district along Calle 4 Nte. Worth to visit to see the different side of the town.

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The Cantona Ruins

The Cantona Archaeological Ruins in Puebla, Mexico is an ancient Mesoamerican city that is the off-the-beaten-path. It’s rarely mentioned in travel books and they only do not get more than two tour groups a month. Cantona is one of the largest and most urbanized cities in pre-Hispanic Mexico and should be on your list of Mexico ruins.

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