A Weekend in Puebla, Mexico

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Puebla has many historical sites and museums and is famous for its sweet street; Calle de dulce.

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Calle de Dulce

This was a great place to look for souvenirs in the traditional Mexican markets and get a look at some hand painted china in the many small shops.

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During our tour, we visited Puebla Cathedral and the Biblioteca Palafoxiana. What’s interesting about the cathedral is the modern sculptures in the courtyard outside, the contrast between old and new is quite striking. The library is just 25 pesos (£1.08) to enter and view the small collection. This was the first public library in Mexico and is even a UNESCO world heritage site so definitely worth a visit.

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Puebla Cathedral
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Biblioteca Palafoxiana

There’s also a whole selection of museums and hidden tunnels in the towns historic centre. Unlike the tunnels in Cholula beneath the church, these tunnels feature artefacts and artwork. Almost hidden on Cinco de Mayo road, an unassuming door leads to a network of tunnels beneath Puebla’s historical centre. The antiques exhibited in the tunnel were found in the mud when the tunnels were unearthed in 2016.

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We visited the district of Cholula, about half an hour away from the city centre, so we could see some of the pyramid ruins and the church on top of the hill. This is a great trip away from the city centre but still within reasonable travel distance. The ruins also have their own collection of tunnels like Puebla’s historical centre. However, the tunnels here almost seem more authentic, set amongst the ruins of the pyramids. They also contain less information and artefacts so visiting with a tour guide helps to fill in some of the blanks. The view from the Church on top of the hill allows you to see the whole city and is worth the short uphill walk.

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View of Puebla from the top of the Pyramid

Museo Amparo was surprisingly hard to find, hidden amongst the other colonial buildings, just a short walk from the Cathedral and centre of Puebla. This pre-Hispanic museum contains numerous ancient artefacts as well as more modern exhibits. During our visit, we were treated to the Juan Rulfo exhibition in which we viewed the authors own photography of his early life. As I was reading Pedro Paramo on this trip, the exhibition was particularly interesting. There is also a rooftop bar and cafe which hosts live music events and has some great views of the city.

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La Estrella de Puebla also provides great panoramic views of the city. It isn’t far from the city centre and just 30 pesos per ticket, unless you want to hire out a private cabin which costs 300 pesos, not bad in comparison to hiring a pod on the London eye.

 

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La Estrella de Puebla

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