Puebla

They say one goes to Puebla to eat and take photos. They are right. And it couldn’t be a more enjoyable and beautiful place to do it. Mole Poblano and Pipián Verde lovers rejoyce because you’ve found the gastronomic capital for these dishes.

 If like us you imagined Puebla to be a small village of 20,000 people you may be discouraged by arriving at CAPU bus station. Once you’ve arrived in the central area, however, you’ll see what everyone is talking about. Give it another minute and you’ll be one of those tourists attempting to capture beautiful buildings.

Puebla not only has a church for everyday of the year but it also hosts 2619 historical monuments within a 6.9 square kilometre and has the oldest library in the Americas (La Memoria del Mundo en Puebla). It also has the most impressive cathedral seen on our 6 months of travel throughout Latin America – Catedral de Puebla. Words cannot do it justice so we won’t even try.

At night sample the many food options in or around the square. Be sure to head outside the main square to get some good, honest Mexican food. Las Ranas did just this for us and came in at 90 pesos for two people including drinks. Mole Poblano and Pipián Verde are the more well known dishes of the region. Heck why not splash out (budget allowing) and dine in one of the rooftop restaurants in the square?

2-3 days in Puebla is probably enough for most people. If you’re heading from or to Mexico City it is a stop that absolutely cannot be missed and conveniently breaks up the journey.

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Accommodation:

Central Puebla thrives on tourism and therefore hostels are not as easy to find as in other places. We would recommend heading to the information kiosk (opposite side to the cathedral) in Zocalo de Puebla. They have a range of pamphlets on current hostels within walking distance of the square.

We decided on Hotel Centro Historico – Calle 4 Pte. 506, Centro, 72000 Puebla, Pue., México. 320 pesos for 2 people, private room with ensuite and Wifi. You can find cheaper and more suitable budget accommodation in Puebla – we were new this backpacking business at this stage.

Getting there from México City:

• From Mexico City take the pink subway until San Lazaro.

• Once in San Lazaro station follow the signs for TAPO (one of Mexico City’s main bus terminals).

• TAPO has a wide range of buses. Due to upset stomachs and the sometimes urgent need for a toilet we opted for ADOs premium bus (170 pesos per person one way, 2.5 hours). Unless it is a public holiday, you are probably best just to arrive at TAPO and book the next available/ cost effective bus. Puebla is a major city and is serviced by multiple companies leaving hourly or more often.

• Before we arrived we assumed Puebla was a small village. It has over 1 million people. You will arrive in CAPU station (Blvd. Norte #4222, Las Cuartillas, 72050. Puebla, Pue., México).

• To get from CAPU to central Puebla you can either walk (1-2 hours) or taxi. However the best way is probably by catching a local bus (6 pesos per person).


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• 2-3 companies service the Puebla route (5 hours. prices from approx 300 pesos depending on class, hourly departures)

• Buses for Puebla depart from two different stations depending on the class of bus

∼ First class bus station – ADO bus terminal: Calzada Ninos Heroes de Chaputepec. Catch a local bus to here (6 pesos per person) or a taxi (35 pesos).

∼ Second class bus station – west of the central city. Catch a local bus or taxi from here.

• You will arrive in CAPU station (Blvd. Norte #4222, Las Cuartillas, 72050 Puebla, Pue., México). To get from CAPU to central Puebla you can either walk (1-2 hours), taxi or catch a local bus (6 pesos per person).

Getting away (to Oaxaca):

• From central Puebla catch a local bus (6 pesos per person) from Blvrd Héroes del 5 de Mayo to Capu Station – Blvd. Norte #4222, Las Cuartillas, 72050 Puebla, Pue., México to CAPU STATION.

• CAPU has 2-3 companies that service the Oaxaca route (5 hours. prices from approx 300 pesos depending on class, hourly departures prior to 12pm).

• Buses arriving in Oaxaca arrive in two stations depending on the class of bus

∼ First class bus station – ADO bus terminal: Calzada Ninos Heroes de Chaputepec. Catch a local bus from here (6 pesos per person) or a taxi (35 pesos). Maps are available inside the terminal from the small tourist kiosk. Get this before you leave.

∼ Second class bus station – west of the central city. Catch a local bus or taxi from here.

Puebla4Getting away (to México City):

• From central Puebla catch a local bus to CPU station (6 pesos per person) from Blvrd Héroes del 5 de Mayo to Capu Station – Blvd. Norte #4222, Las Cuartillas, 72050 Puebla, Pue., México.

• CAPU has multiple bus companies that service México City hourly or more frequently. 2.5 hours, 170 pesos.

• In México City you will arrive at TAPO bus station. From here:

• Follow the signs out of TAPO station to the San Lazaro metro. Metro tickets are 5 pesos per person anywhere within the city. Metro lines usually run every few minutes.

Tips:

• Puebla is full of beautiful museums however most are closed on Monday and some on Tuesday so avoid disappointment by taking this into consideration.

There is a information kiosk (opposite side to the cathedral) in Zocalo de Puebla with great information on the area, accommodation and restaurants.

 

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