One of the oldest colonial cities on the continent, Puebla is located 110 kilometres from Mexico City in the Valley of Puebla at an altitude of around 2,200 metres.
It's surrounded by beautiful snow capped mountains and volcanoes, such as the magnificent Volcano Popacatepetl, which on a clear day will be visible on your drive to the city.
Culture and history
It is an important industrial, cultural and educational centre for Mexico with a fascinating history dating back to 1531 when it was founded, on April 16th, by Spanish conquerors. To this day you will find it's original colonial and cultural charm proudly on display. A shining example of this is the Spanish style historic centre which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Some of the more prominent and impressive of the architectural gems in Puebla are the Neoclassical Style Cathedral and the Mexican Baroque styled Capilla del Rosario or Rosary Chapel, however, Puebla also has many other sites of interest that make it a wonderful place to visit. During your stay we recommend exploring the city's museums, wandering through the streets of colourful colonial houses and a enjoying the good selection of restaurants and cafes.
The city is also well known for it's cuisine known as 'Cocina Poblana' which is popular all over Mexico and is considered to be the home of 'mole poblano' which is a wonderful rich, spicy sauce containing chocolate cinnamon, nuts as well as a variety of hot peppers and often served with chicken.
Suggested Puebla itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Puebla, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Puebla
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Puebla
- Teotihuacan 63 miles away
- Mexico City 68 miles away
- Cuernavaca 69 miles away
- Taxco 99 miles away
- Veracruz 135 miles away
- Oaxaca 169 miles away
- Queretaro 179 miles away
- Morelia 201 miles away
- San Miguel de Allende 211 miles away
- The Colonial Cities 229 miles away
- Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo 241 miles away
- Guanajuato 241 miles away
- Huatulco 264 miles away