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Cholula's transformation from a colorful satellite town of Puebla into a proper boutique city-break stepped up a notch with the introduction of a tourist train. Though Cholula is still (for now) far different from Puebla in its history and relaxed daytime ambience. Owing to its large student population, the town has a surprisingly vibrant nightlife and an increasing range of chic restaurants and accommodations options within a short walk of the huge zócalo.

Cholula is also home to the widest pyramid ever built (yes, wider than any in Egypt) – the Pirámide Tepanapa. Despite this claim to fame, the town’s ruins are largely ignored because, unlike those of Teotihuacán or Tula, the shrubbery-covered pyramid has been so badly neglected over the centuries that it’s virtually unrecognizable as a human-made structure.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Cholula.