This picturesque colonial city, founded in 1531, retains much of its original charm. Its streets are lined with buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th century, which is why Puebla was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. Highlights of this walking tour include a visit to the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church and its ornately decorated baroque Chapel of the Rosary, a street lined with local candy shops, a stop at a tin-glazed ceramic (Talavera) workshop, and a visit to the recently remodelled Amparo Museum with its exclusive, hand-picked selection of prehispanic relics and top-notch decorative arts collection.
Puebla is a city with over 70 churches to visit, most of which are considered architectural jewels. Plus, there are many other fascinating sites to choose from including the Palafox Library with its invaluable collection of original masterpieces, Casa del Dean with an array of decorative art set in a colonial home. We can also visit the site of the famous battle of “5 de Mayo” which took place here.
And of course, you can’t forget the culinary aspect of Puebla – famous for its food (chile-chocolate mole sauce, chiles en nogada, camotes, chalupas and cemitas to name a few), or its well known handicrafts (particularly hand painted tiles and Talavera pottery which has been granted the honor of D.O.). We can allow ample time for shopping and food sampling if you’d like.
In the case of Puebla, there is always too much to see and too little time, so it is best to define your areas of interest in order to take advantage of your time on this day trip.