Introducing East of Mexico City
The views get seriously dramatic as you head east from the capital, the landscape peppered with the snow-capped, volcanic peaks of Popocatépetl, Iztaccíhuatl, La Malinche and Pico Orizaba – the country’s highest summit. The rugged Cordillera Neovolcánica offers anything from invigorating alpine strolls to demanding technical climbs. Unpredictable Popocatépetl, however, remains off-limits due to volcanic activity.
The gorgeous colonial city of Puebla – Mexico’s fifth-largest city – is the dominant regional center, a local transportation hub and a big tourist draw with its cathedral, rich culinary traditions, intriguing history and excellent museums. The surrounding state of Puebla is predominantly rural and home to approximately half a million indigenous people. This enduring presence provides the region with a rich handicraft legacy, with products including pottery, carved onyx and fine hand-woven and embroidered textiles.
Tlaxcala, the capital of the tiny state of the same name, has emerged as an attractive destination in its own right, with an exciting array of new restaurants, museums and boutique hotels. Far-flung Cuetzalan, meanwhile, is surrounded by lush, dramatic scenery and is among the most seemingly time-forgotten villages in the country.