The city of Puebla is a colorful mix of customs and history with abundant traditions and impressive architecture in Renaissance and Neo-Classical styles. Pueblan fine cuisine, traditional candies, artist’s neighborhood and museums evoke its epic past. According to historical research, the city – formally known as the Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza – was first used by the Spanish crown as a staging post between Veracruz and Mexico to help the Spaniards administrate the area. On April 16, 1531, Fray Toribio de Benavente officially founded Puebla de los Ángeles.
Puebla is one of those places everyone wants to come back to again and again; with its valleys and mountains, it has magnificent landscapes which you can enjoy in countless different ways.
The state’s mountains and volcanoes offer a splendid range of adventure and eco-tourism activities. You can go rambling, hiking, walking, camping, rafting, hang-gliding, or simply watch the region’s flora and fauna while enjoying the area’s natural beauty.
The rich legacy of the region’s indigenous peoples can be admired in places such as Cholula, which attracts thousands of visitors each year who come to admire the monumental pyramid – one of the largest in Mexico.
Puebla’s cuisine is so varied that its dishes have become not only symbolic of the state but of the whole country. Gourmets from around the world marvel at the number of Puebla’s original recipes. Different parts of the state offer different flavors, and anyone who has the good fortune to try them will remember the taste sensation.
As well as cuisine, architecture is another major attraction for the capital city of Puebla – known also as the Ciudad de los Ángeles (“City of Angels”) – which has numerous colonial buildings mainly in the Baroque and Neo-Classical style.
The town’s historic center is so rich in architecture that it has been declared a World Heritage Site. As you wander this old part of town, you can see the unique façades of the buildings decked out in Puebla’s famous talavera pottery.
The state is devoutly Catholic, but has also accepted and incorporated the indigenous heritage. This syncretism can be witnessed both in the cuisine and in the state’s folk art. Local artisans produce work that is colorful and boasts uniquely beautiful designs to reflect Puebla’s wide range of attractions.
Climate: temperate subtropical, warm subtropical, arid and semi-arid
Temperature: 63.5°F / 17.5°C annual average
Location: Central Mexico
Area: 13,240 sq miles
Capital: Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza