Historic Centre of Puebla and surroundings
While visiting Mexico City we decided to take a break from the busy city and go to Puebla for three nights.
The historical Centre of Puebla is one of the 33 UNESCO sites located throughout Mexico.
Puebla is located about 100 km east of Mexico City, near the Popocatepetl volcano, which is still active. In the city you can stroll around for days, but the main things you can’t miss when there is the 16th–17th-century cathedral, old archbishop’s palace and the colourful streets. Make sure you grab some street food as you walk around… Puebla is another Mexican city that is known for their food.
Popocatepetl (Aztec for “smoking mountain) is Mexico’s highest volcano (5,426 m, 17,802 ft) and second highest peak after (Pico de Orizaba) which stand at a height of 5,636 m (18,491 ft). Due to the warm temperatures all the glaciers disappeared by 2001. Mexico has over 3000 volcanoes but only 14 remains active today.
A short bus drive from the centre of Puebla, you can head to what is said, to be the biggest pyramid in the world (calculated according to the volume). But don’t expect too much, or think you will get “The Biggest Pyramid in the World feeling”. The Great Pyramid of Cholula is in, well in the town of Cholula. The pyramid stand at height of 66m and a the bottom measures 450m x 450m.
A lot of people still argues on the whole “biggest pyramid in the world” thing.
But, its a very nice site (and pyramid) to visit, especially with the beautiful view over the valley with the active volcano, Popocatepetl, as a backdrop. In the correct season you can see it snow capped 🙂
Great Pyramid of Cholula was build in the same time as The Pyramids in Teotihuacan. Most part of the pyramid is covered with grass and crowned by a church (called Nuestra Señora de los Remedios) on top. Because the pyramid is covered with grass it feels more like a hill than a pyramid, but its still a beautiful site.
The few days in Cholula was definitely worth it. Its a beautiful city, delicious food and nice areas to visit, which is only a short bus drive away.
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