Puebla Walking Tour

Puebla is about 60 miles southeast of Mexico City. It is the 4th largest city in Mexico with 3.25 million people.

Paseo Bravo, one of Puebla’s pretty parks.

Puebla sits at an altitude of approximately 7,200 feet. As a result, it rarely gets truly hot in Puebla, and according to some counts, averages only three days a year with temperatures rising above 84 °F.

The days have been sunny, but cooler and very comfortable. A sweater or jacket may be needed early mornings and when the sun starts going down.

We joined a Free Walking Tour. Here is our guide Omar in front of the Palafoxiana Library.

The Biblioteca Palafoxiana was founded by priest Juan de Palafox y Mendoza in 1646 and is recognized by UNESCO for being the first public library in the Americas.
It has more than 45,000 books and manuscripts, ranging from the 15th to the 20th century.
Callejón de los Sapos, a street of antique markets.
The Parián Market, one of the oldest markets in Puebla and is mostly selling souvenirs.
This house has architectural flourishes like piped sugar frosting.
Barrio del Artista (Artist’s Neighborhood).
Artist studios and galleries are housed in former horse stables.

The city is famous for its Talavera pottery patterned after Majolica pottery the Spaniards brought to Mexico from Spain. Production developed in Puebla because of the availability of fine clays and the demand for tiles from the newly established churches, monasteries and houses.

Using Talavera tile was a display of wealth because the handpainted tiles were very expensive
Traditionally Talavera pottery was decorated only in blue, but colors such as yellow, black, green, and orange have also been used.
Bullet holes mark the face of the Casa of the Hermanos Sordán (the home of the Sordán siblings) whose martyrdom ignited the revolution against the dictator Porfirio Diaz. Their home houses the Mexican Revolution Museum.
We stopped at a little plaza with these three murals. Puebla was founded in a valley the indigenous called The Place of Frogs and is bordered by several volcanoes.
The city was constructed near the San Francisco River which has been piped and buried underground.
The world’s largest Volkswagen factory outside Germany is near Puebla and the nearby Audi plant is the most technologically advanced plant in the western hemisphere.

Puebla is well known for its food, La Comida Poblana.

The city is famous for mole poblano, a sweet but spicy chocolate chili sauce that can be used over enchiladas, tortillas and, in this case, chicken.
Another typical Pueblan dish, chiles en nogada, represents the colors of the Mexican flag, green (parsley), white (the walnut sauce) and red (pomegranate seeds). The chili is stuffed with meat and fruit, then coated in a egg batter and fried before being covered and garnished.
The Cemita is another signature Poblano dish which is a type of sandwich on a particular chewy bun introduced by the French, filled with stringy cheese, avocado, chipotle chilies and a thin breaded piece of meat a la Milanese.
Omar ended our walking tour in “The Street of Treats” talking about Poblano sweets and giving us each a delicious cookie. After the tour we bought several of them to try.

We have been staying in the main Historic Center of Puebla where we’ve done our exploring. It is very walkable, mostly level and has wider sidewalks than many of the colonial towns we have visited. But the city of Puebla is very large and spread out.

We keep discovering interesting things in Puebla. We hiked up to a fort and captured this view. The 2 tall bell towers of Puebla Cathedral are visible in the center as well as some modern skyscrapers in downtown Puebla in the distance.

Meet You in the Morning with more from Puebla.

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