Welcome to this travel guide on things to do in Puebla, Mexico.
Located roughly 2 hours east of Mexico City, Puebla City is a dream for anyone looking for a more relaxed city, with lots of authentic Mexican architecture and cuisine.
As well as interesting things to do inside the city, we’ll also look at a couple of day trips that you simply must do whilst in the area.
Things to do in Puebla, Mexico
In this guide we will explore Puebla, the best things to do and see, why you should visit, and safety expectations.
I’ll also give my best recommendations and advice for when is best to go. I found it easy to get here from Mexico city via the public bus.
Why Travel to Puebla City
Puebla City is well known for its colonial architecture and history.
As a result, simply strolling around the main Zócalo will reward you with impressive views and sights.
As well as exploring the city, there are some interesting things to see and do close which can be done as day trips.
Cholula is an example, which features a cathedral on top of a hill with the towering Popocatepetl volcano rising above in the background.
Puebla City is also a great jumping point for exploring the mountains or ascending the giant volcano.
Is it safe to travel to Puebla City?
Puebla City, and the region of Puebla as a whole, are commonly referred to as one of the safest areas in all of Mexico.
Despite its proximity to the capital, there are hardly any violent or drug-related incidents here.
In reality, your only concern should be pickpocketers and petty theft.
All of which can be easily avoided, of course.
The simplest way to avoid being a target is to dress down and leave flashy accessories and jewelry at home.
Try one of these trusty hidden pocket clothing solutions if you are concerned about carrying valuables with you in person.
As a whole, Puebla City is very safe and you’ll have a great time here.
Things to do in Puebla City
Now we’ll explore what to see and do in this magnificent city. There are also a couple of gems that can be visited as part of a day trip too.
Catedral de Puebla
This pretty church can be found in the center of Puebla. Featuring two spiraling towers on either side, it’s one of the best photo ops in town.
It can be argued that this cathedral is one of the most stunning cathedrals in all of Mexico!
Step inside and marvel at some of the brilliant architecture and stunning murals.
As well as featuring 14 different chapels, it is also home to the tallest bell tower in Mexico, with the bell itself weighing over a whopping 3 tonnes.
The main square can be found in the heart of the historic center of Puebla. Known for its religious, cultural, and political symbols, the Zócalo is one of the most important areas of Puebla City.
Here is a great place to wander and take in the vibes and is also home to a gorgeous fountain. The Historic Centre is the best area to stay for great views of the city and also lies close to the foot of Popocatepetl.
Cholula is a town just outside of Puebla City. How does a church that lies on top of a pyramid, at the top of a small mountain sound?
Then wait until you see it with the magnificent, snow-capped Popocatepetl behind!
You can easily reach this town as part of a day trip from Puebla, with the bus taking around an hour to arrive.
Cholula is an absolute must and is often regarded as one of the best photo ops gems in central Mexico. If you have the extra time then look at doing some of the hikes in and around the volcano.
Capilla del Rosario
Many consider this chapel to be the eighth wonder of the world, and not for no reason!
Full of symbolism, Spanish baroque style, and magnificent murals, this gem could easily stake its claim as one of the prettiest in Mexico.
Also located in the Centro Histórico barrio, it can easily be combined with a trip to the cathedral as both are very close.
This is one of the best museums in Mexico. It documents all things Mexico, including its development and what makes the country what it is today.
Go and enjoy the courtyards, historic rooms, and antiques that you won’t find in many other areas!
Whilst the entry fee is a very modest 35 MX pesos, you can even visit for free on Mondays and Sundays.
Getting From Puebla to Cholula
Getting from Puebla to Cholula is an easy ride and depending on how much time you have you may want to explore any one of the different options available.
See the options below ⤵️ which should make your experience of getting to Cholula a breeze:
Whichever way you choose to get to Cholula, be prepared for walking, taking in many new colorful sites, and learning the local history.
The panoramic views are some of the best in Central Mexico! You also be able to say you climbed one of the highest peaks in North America!
Travel Tips for Puebla City
Below is a list of travel tips for Puebla that you should benefit from. I’ll update this list sometime in the near future.
⤵️ Dan’s Travel Tips For Puebla:
Map of Puebla, Mexico
See this map of Puebla to get a better idea of the surrounding area:
Most items you need, you’ll find along your travels in Mexico. But, depending on the length of your trip, may want to carry the essentials.
Trip planning for Mexico saves money in the long run! Money that you could spend on new and exciting experiences during your travels.
I found taking taxis a good idea when you have some basic Spanish conversation as it will allow you to get insider tips on restaurants and street food you may not otherwise have known about.
Travel Insurance for Puebla
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If you are due to travel soon, you can get a Get A Free Quote by clicking the link or the image above and filling out your details – that way you’ll get instant cover from the exact date that you choose.
On many occasions World Nomads has provided me with reliable insurance cover for travel in Latin America and the rest of the world.
Best Time to Visit Puebla
Overall, the temperatures in Puebla are quite consistent throughout the year. You can head during the summer months for the warmest temperatures of up to 82°F.
However, these months also experience more rain, specifically from June up until September.
The best time to visit Puebla City is around the shoulder months of March to May, and from September until November.
These times have less humidity, making a stay in Puebla very pleasant.
Things to do in Puebla
Thanks for reading this guide to Puebla City. I’d say 4 days is enough to experience the city, see the cathedrals and other interesting gems.
From Puebla, you can think about checking out one of the many things to do in Veracruz if you have enough time on your hands.
Hopefully having read this guide, you’ll now know why you should visit, the safety situation, the best things to do and see as well as my top recommendations to do here.
Puebla City is a beautiful area of Mexico to visit and in my eyes houses one of the most illustrious cathedrals in all of Mexico.
Even if churches aren’t your thing, you can opt to visit Cholula or even take on the beast of a volcano which is known as Popocatepetl!
Remember to take a look at this backpacking Mexico guide for more ideas on where to go and what to see in Mexico.
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