Puebla de los Angeles
Sheltered by the mighty volcanoes, the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, Puebla, once one of the richest cities in the New Spain, today is a beautiful colonial city proud of its history, architecture and art. In Puebla the Toltecan heritage comes to life as the mighty pyramid of Cholula still holds its ground throughout the centuries with some “recent” additions like the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios colonial church built on top of it. Locals and visitors spend lazy afternoons strolling around the city´s beautiful walkways, alleys, squares, going into quaint stores displaying exquisite handicrafts like the beautiful talavera (ceramic work) and antiquities in the Callejón del Sapo (Toad´s Alley.)
Being in Puebla means having a culinary experience, from the “chalupitas” (thick tortillas with green or red salsa, pork or chicken and chopped onion) in a simple fonda, or a journey through the local market learning about the unique and diverse mole ingredients, a cooking class and an epic meal at a posh restaurant, to a taste of sweet of typical Pueblan candies at the Calle de los Dulces (Street of Candies.) Being so close to Mexico City, Puebla can´t be missed, but do spend a night and enjoy the night life and the great lodging options, from a refurbished old casona (big house), colonial palace, or factory to luxury hotels with unique personality and style.