Founded in 1513, Puebla is one of Mexico’s oldest cities and boasts UNESCO World Heritage due to its wealth of historical delights – there are over 2,600 buildings and monuments of historical value, as well as 70 churches. Despite being the country’s fourth largest city, it remains relaxed, authentic and warmly welcoming, flaunting a rich colonial culture, iconic talavera tiles, countless museums and an impressive art and culinary scene. For a true Mexican experience and an enriching experience for all ages, Puebla is an ideal addition to your luxury Mexico trip.
A Cultural Hub
A hub of culture and history that dates back centuries, it’s clear to see why Puebla has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With over 70 churches in its historic centre, and hundreds more outside of the city, Puebla boasts stunning examples of colonial architecture, while several museums showcase the city’s history. It’s not all about the past, though, and a trip to Puebla immerses you in Mexican culture today; a city filled with artists, artisans and foodies.
The authentic Mexican experience continues with the flavour-filled and traditional food on offer across Puebla’s restaurants and markets. Mole Poblano is one of the most renowned dishes, a unique combination of chicken with a spiced sauce made with chocolate! Other delights include Chalupas, light corn tortillas topped with salsa, corner and shredded chicken or beef, as well as ‘Chiles en Nogada’, comprising poblano chilli pepper filled with picadillo, battered and fried, topped with a creamy walnut sauce and pomegranates; the three elements generate the colours of the Mexican flag.
Cholula is a colourful city, considered the oldest in America, located just outside of Puebla City. It is best known for its Great Pyramid, the widest pyramid ever built, which is covered in shrubbery and the acts as the foundations for the Sanctuary of Nuestra Senora de los Remedios church, built in the 16th century by the Spanish, boasting a striking exterior of orange and tiles. Beneath this site, discover a bygone time as you wander through its maze of tunnels and outer paths. The Zona Arqueológica comprises the excavated areas around the pyramid and the tunnels underneath.
While the temperatures don’t generally alter much across the year, Puebla is cooler than some of the more coastal areas of Mexico. Most rain is experienced in the summer months, with February the driest month, on average.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Puebla.
London to Mexico City with British Airways or Aero Mexico in approximately 11 hours, 30 minutes. Puebla is then reached in approximately 2 hours by private car transfer.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
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Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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