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Cinco de Mayo, mole poblano, Talavera pottery

Ventured to Puebla in February 2006 for a 4-day holiday weekend. Flew into Mexico City on a red-eye from LAX and took advantage of the wonderful bus system that put us in Puebla in just 2 hours (in total comfort.) See my Transportation Tips. Puebla is about 2 hours east of Mexico City.

Weather was absolutely gorgeous--high 70s, low 80s most days, cool in the evenings around 50s. A perfect winter getaway (well, for Los Angelenos, the winter weather was "the same" as back home, but all the better!)

This was a perfect place to explore for four days. The food was delicious and has a definite regional distinction to it. The Talavera pottery and tile was definitely a part of the city's character. The public spaces were always lively with families, with university students, and there didn't seem to be many tourists around. It was easy to explore by foot, and definitely worth a quick mid-winter vacation.

***In my Tips, you will see that I did not put many items in the "Things to Do" section. That is because there are already so many good tips from other VT members there. Also, you can get very good information about museums and other monuments from a guide book.

I concentrated my Tips on artisan items that I purchased (Talavera ceramics, sheet music, candies, etc.) and the regional food specialties that Puebla is famous for.

So enjoy this virtual 4-day trip to Puebla with me.

Buen viaje!

Talavera tiles and pottery

Puebla is often referred to as the "Talavera tile country." There are colored and patterned tiles found on building facades, inside churches and courtyards, rooms, ceilings, fountains, etc.

Poblano specialties

Include its rich history, regional cuisine, art, and the legend of La China Poblana. See Local Customs and other Tips (Restaurants, etc.) for more information.

Plan a visit to Puebla. You won't be disappointed.

Our itinerary:
* Day 1: Arrive in Puebla on Friday morning, after taking a red-eye from LAX to MEX and then a 2-hour bus ride (La Estrella Roja) to Puebla. Have the whole day to explore:
- El Parian
- Calle de los Dulces
- Barrio de las Artistas
- Lunch at the Zocalo
- Nightlife in the Zocalo and the Callejon de los Sapos, the university student hangout zone where bars, cafes and clubs buzz with music and socializing.

* Day 2:
Take half-day tour to Cholula and explore:
- Talavera de la la Reyna, a certified Talavera manufacturer where items are 100% handmade
- Explored the underground tunnels, the Great Plaza (Patio de los Altares) and the perimeter of the Great Pyramid of Tepanampa
- Visited Santa Maria Tonanzintla and San Francisco Acatepec churches
- Dinner at our hotel (Meson Sacrista de la Compania) & enjoyed the music of Alejandro Ramos, local musician who played that evening at the hotel's bar/restaurant
- Tried to find the mariachis at Plaza Isabel, to no avail, so walked back to the Zocalo for nightcaps and then hung out at Ex Convento de Carolina, a local cafe

Day 3:
- Went to the Sunday mercado; my travel mate bought a beautiful tile and silver mirror and a leather wallet. I purchase some woven bags with wooden handles (that will be great knitting bags for my friends and some trinkets.
- Visited the Museo Amparo, saw exhibit of Rodolfo Mendoza's work, and terrific pre-Columbian artifacts.
- Had Chile en Nogada and cemitas for lunch.
- Found an Internet cafe to email friends and loved ones.
- Hit a few bars/cafes in the evenings again.

Day 4:
- Leisurely breakfast, then strolled back to Calle de los Dulces to buy candy gifts for family and friends.
- Bus ride back to MEX, then home.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A city rich in history, delicious cuisine, art and other traditions
  • Cons:None, really. Just wish I had one or two more days to see more.
  • In a nutshell:A must-visit destination for its cuisine, lively atmosphere and beautiful art
  • Last visit to Puebla de Zaragoza: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated Feb 27, 2006
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  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2008 at 7:10 AM

    Very much enjoyed reading your tips Vera!! Brought back some wonderful memories... Love mexican iconography and the music! I see 'La Llorona' on sheet music - it's one of the most beautiful mexican traditional songs! Meson Sacristia looks magnificent!! :)

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2007 at 7:56 PM

    An excellent page! We are planning to go to Puebla this fall, and your tips were really helpful. Greetings from Calgary ~ Helen

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    Jul 23, 2006 at 3:46 AM

    nice very nice love the tons of great information and the beautiful photos yes onec a gain very nice

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    Mar 21, 2006 at 3:19 PM

    Great page, very informative... I need to spend some time to tune my page up...hehe...

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