A few years ago Paul spent two weeks in Puebla attending language school, and he told me over and over how much he knew I would like it. So when it came time to plan a summertime getaway, a week in Puebla was just the ticket.
We flew in to the México City airport and caught a bus to Puebla. A couple of hours later we were getting settled in our nice Air B & B in Centro Historico. We headed out immediately to the main square, the zócalo. What a lovely square with huge trees, fountains, balloon sellers, and tourist busses. Many streets downtown are pedestrian only, and if they have cars the sidewalks are usually increased in size through the use of safety posts extending the width. So it is an easy place to walk.
I won’t give you the blow by blow of our trip but some our favorite excursions were a group tour of Cholula, a long visit at the incredible Museo Amparo, the flea market at Los Sapos and the amazing Palafoxiana Library.Please don’t miss these treasures if you go!
We took a Turibus tour the second day we were there which gave us a great overview of the historic center. I can’t say we had any amazing food, but I can highly recommend the Santa Clara ice cream place just off the zócalo.
Puebla has an incredible inventory of well cared for historic properties in the downtown area. Many of the buildings and churches are decorated with Puebla’s own talavera tile. Many have unusual stone and brick patterns.It is really incredible.
One thing I kept noticing everywhere we went was how clean the city was. &The parks are all tidy and you always see street sweepers at their work. We saw very few gringos during our week. The trees in the city are gigantic, spreading, lovely things – I was exclaiming how gorgeous they were every time we turned the corner.
I hope you’ll enjoy the photos from our trip, below – and maybe you’ll start planning a trip to Puebla yourself! Click on the gallery below to page through them…