What to Expect on a First Visit to Puebla

As I write from my 17th century boutique hotel room at Casa de la Palma, in the city of Puebla, in the state of Puebla for the annual Tianguis Tourism Fair, I find that the city is more than I imagined.

Having never been here before, here are some exciting things I realized about Puebla:

Puebla is the fourth largest city in Mexico. I imagined it to be a small quaint town, quiet and unassuming.  On the contrary, it’s robust and thriving, and surrounded historical buildings and architecturally breathtaking churches, monasteries, mansions and ex-convents around every corner.

The elevation level of Puebla is more than 7,000 feet. Be prepared with headache medicine when you arrive if you’re not used to the altitude.

Two snow-capped volcanoes are right around the corner named Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihualt (or Iztaccihuatl). These volcanoes are the most famous and second and third tallest volcanoes of Mexico and on the list of the 10 top tallest peaks in North America. Since Popocatepetl is active now, flights out of Puebla are sometimes delayed because of volcanic ash.

Puebla has an abundance of churches, close to 300. They celebrate the patron saint of each church on the half hour and every hour.

Mole poblano and talavera are staples of this city.

Puebla is one of the most festive cities I have ever visited in Mexico, if not the most. There is so much more to Puebla, but for now, please enjoy some pics.

One of the many beautiful cathedrals in Puebla

One of the many beautiful cathedrals in Puebla

Mariachi perform in el centro, Puebla

Mariachi perform in el centro, Puebla

At the Sinaloa booth at Tianguis Puebla 2013.

At the Sinaloa booth at Tianguis Puebla 2013.

At Tianguis Turistico in Puebla, Mexico

At Tianguis Turistico in Puebla, Mexico

Quintana Roo Dinner to launch Tianguis 2014 (taken in Puebla, Mexico)

Quintana Roo Dinner to launch Tianguis 2014 (taken in Puebla, Mexico)

Mole Poblano

Famous Mole Poblano (cheese enchiladas) in Puebla

Festivities in Puebla

One of the many parades and festivities in Puebla

Railroad Museum, Puebla, Mexico

Railroad Museum, Puebla, Mexico

Casa de la Palma in Puebla, Mexico

Casa de la Palma in Puebla, Mexico

 

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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at info@themexicoreport.com

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