Once a bastion of conservatism, Catholicism and tradition, Puebla has come out of its colonial-era shell in recent years. The city retains a fantastically well-preserved center, a stunning cathedral and a wealth of beautiful churches, while younger poblanos (people from Puebla) are embracing the city’s increasingly thriving art and nightlife scenes.
The city is well worth a visit, with 70 churches in the historic center alone, more than a thousand colonial buildings adorned with the azulejos (painted ceramic tiles) for which the city is famous, and a long culinary history that can be explored in any restaurant or food stall. For a city of its size, Puebla is far more relaxed and less gridlocked than you might expect.
Puebla destination guides
Rick Bayless' Mexico and US food travel tips
Long before Rick Bayless was one of the most recognizable chefs in the US, he was an avid traveler.
Discover the heart of Mexico's Aztec, Zapotec, Mayan and Spanish cultures on this two-week journey spanning ruins, pueblos and beaches. Arrive in Mexico and travel through the mad metropolis of Mexico City to the relaxed beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula, and unravel the magnificent mystery of the ancient Mexican civilisations along the way.
Puebla and Cholula Day Trip from Mexico City
Experience the heritage and history of Mexico on this 10-hour up-close and personal exclusive tour. See the world´s largest pyramid and its 365 churches at the archaeological zone of Cholula. Continue to Puebla to the UNESCO World Heritage site and the majestic Cathedral at the Main Square.