Puebla City is the largest and the capital city of the state of Puebla. In 1531, in a small area known as Cuetlaxcoapan (which means where the serpents change their skin), the town of Puebla City was born. Understandably so, because when you enter Puebla it is like walking through a rainbow; every building and street are decorated with bold and vibrant colors. The state itself is famous for mole poblano (a spicy chocolate sauce), and the beautiful and detailed Talavera pottery.
☝🏼 fun facts: Puebla is the fourth largest city in Mexico, home to a number of students who come from all around the world to study here. And, the world’s largest Volkswagen factory (excluding Germany) is located here. If you have ever seen the mystical photo of a bright yellow church on top of a pyramid with a volcano gleaming the background (yes, it is real), that magical location is in Cholula and on a cloudless day the view itself is jaw-dropping. Naturally, it was way too cloudy to even spot the volcano and the clouds affected the brightest the yellow church gleamed in.
The tour itself picks you up early morning and takes you through the town of Cholula to admire at Church of Our Lady of the Remedies and the Pyramid of Cholula. However, due to the recent earthquake, the church itself was closed at the time of our visit.
Then, you head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Puebla. Visit the 16th century Church of Santo Domingo and the Chapel of the Rosary (☝🏼considered the eighth wonder of the art world). Experience an authentic Puebla lunch with the option to try the famous mole sauce. Lastly, marvel at the detail and design of the Talavera ceramic factories; buy as much as you think you can fit in your suitcase and head back to Mexico City.
Have you experienced Puebla and Cholula? What were your thoughts? Drop me some of your most colorful 🌈 photos!