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PUEBLA: A Sweet and Easy Day Trip From Mexico City

by planetnomad on June 25, 2010

I could never tire or bore of Mexico City!  It just wouldn’t happen with all the things I personally find alluring about it!  But, being the intrepid traveler with a greedy longing to explore the next bend, I’m always fond of taking a day trip to Puebla when I find myself in the area.

An easy two-hour bus ride from Mexico City’s “TAPO” terminal, Puebla retains its deserved charm, in spite of being known as an industrial giant and a maker of VW’s Beetle Bug for several decades.  With many attractions and limited time, I try to channel my energy at seeking my must-haves:  Great food and candy!  Puebla has no shortage of either!

Possibly known as the cradle of culinary magic in Mexico, Puebla serves up dishes that would fill volumes.  But, to visit Puebla as a “foodie” and not have its signature dish, Mole Poblano, is to have committed one of the biggest culinary blunders of all!  The chocolate-based sauce that incorporates numerous spices and ingredients (some say over 26 different ones) is usually found as a coating over turkey, as traditionally served, and accompanied with rice.  Working on a local tip during my last time there, I visited a restaurant in the “Los Angeles” neighborhood and was not disappointed with its version of the dish.  Of course there are several good places, but in my opinion it’s always a good start to ask the locals.  So, don’t be shy!

As for my other indulgence, I had no idea, prior to my first visit, that Puebla has a whole street dedicated to candy.   Yes, A WHOLE STREET DEDICATED TO CANDY.  A dandy dream for any dentist, for sure!    You can easily locate this area with a walk along  Avenida 6 Oriente (known as Calle de Santa Clara) between Avenida Cinco de Mayo and Calle 4 Norte.  The dulces tipicos, as they are called, started out as confectionery concoctions made by nuns from the various convents around.  They come in different shapes, sizes and flavors with such names as:  jamoncillos, polvorones, cocadas and camotes.

Of course any city with the historical significance of Puebla deserves more than just a day trip, but if you’ve been there several times, as I have, a quick day trip to satisfy a sweet tooth and mole fix will do.  Below I’ve listed some notable places which merit some attention if visiting for the first time.

  • Museo Amparo (Displays of  pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary Mexican Art in grand colonial buildings)
  • Museo de la Revolución (Houses revolutionary materials and is located on Avenida 6 Norte, #206)
  • Museo Casa del Alfeñique (Showcases religious art in a period setting and is located on Avenida 4 Oriente # 416)
  • Puebla Cathedral (Dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and claimed to be one of Mexico’s largest)
  • Callejón de los Sapos (An alley lined with antique shops that becomes a flea market on Sundays.  Located south of Avenida 5 Oriente, on Calle 6 Sur)

Some useful websites:

Site for State of Puebla

CAPU Bus Terminal in Puebla

Ticket Bus

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Julie Broadbent June 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm

This is a great blog post, Mark! I can’t wait eat mole AND candy in Puebla with you!

planetnomad June 26, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Thanks for your comments Julie! I always appreciate your feedback and thoughts! Yes, I agree, it would be nice to share with a fellow traveler all the wonderful foods Puebla has to offer. Maybe someday!

Jen Laceda July 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm

i just discovered your blog and i’m glad that i did! apart for a spring break in Cancun, i have not travelled to Mexico much. But I am planning one for this year when my baby girl (no.2) is older.

planetnomad July 17, 2010 at 11:21 pm

@ Jen: Thanks so much for your kind words regarding my “infant” blog! I am really excited and always looking forward to my next post, which I hope, will stir some curiosity and interest! Cancun is great and obviously has a lot to offer, especially families as you may know, but I highly suggest paying a visit to some of the colonial cities such as Puebla. They are so rich in history, architecture, food and culture and are certainly worthy of a stop. Your daughter is so lucky to have parents who will expose her to great travel sites at a young age…props to you guys for that!

Jen Laceda August 1, 2010 at 9:05 am

Hi planetnomad,
We love colonial cities and we’ll definitely put Puebla on our must-go list. Also included are Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. If you have more info about these places, I’d appreciate some advice 🙂

planetnomad August 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Jen, I so share your passion for colonial cities and Puebla is certainly one of my faves, especially being so close to Mexico City. As for Guanajuato and San Miguel, I have not visited either as of yet, but hope to soon. I may be visiting Guanajuato this September when I go to Mexico City for Bicentennial. Since I’ll be in Mexico for 10 days, that just might be one of my side trips…we’ll see! I might be posting something on these areas soon, so please keep a watch here! Cheers!

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