Destination Information: Puebla
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Description of the area
Puebla de Zaragoza, which is known as Puebla, is a city located 80 miles (130 kilometers) away from the country's capital Mexico City. Locals call Puebla the "City of Angels" due to its striking colonial architecture and the impressive mountains and volcanoes that surround the city.
Puebla is a historical, industrial and educational city and 2 million people that live in its metropolitan area call it home.
Residents of Puebla are called poblanos. While they speak Spanish, their native language is Nahuatl and this is still spoken today in parts of the Puebla Valley. Dominant industries in Puebla are textiles and auto manufacturing. Rodeos, bullfights and professional soccer games are frequently held in Puebla. Temperatures in Puebla are mild and temperate all year long and its people are easygoing and friendly.
Mexican food is renowned throughout the world for its variety and flavor. Corn tortillas are a staple of Mexican cuisine while other specialties include grilled meats with spicy salsas, salads, beans and a wide variety of fruits.
Puebla's most famous dishes are mole poblano and chiles en nogada and you can easily find them in local restaurants.
The Puebla Cathedral is one of the prettiest religious buildings in Mexico with a spectacular altar designed by sculptor Manuel Tolsá.
Inside the Casa de la Cultura, there is the impressive Biblioteca Palafoxiana that features a collection of over 43,000 works.
At the Forts of Loreto and Guadalupe, visitors can witness a part of Mexico's history by watching a reenactment of the famous Battle of Puebla (May 5, 1862).
Tepozteco Pyramid: you can find the pyramid of the same name on Tepozteco Hill.
Museo Amparo houses a rich art collection that ranges from Pre-Hispanic artifacts to the latest creations that emerge from art schools in Puebla and Mexico.
Visitors will marvel at the authentic hand-crafted products they can find in Mexico made out of ceramics, copper, leather, fabrics and macramé.
Close to the city of Puebla is Talavera, an important production center that produces art made out of clay. Next to the central square in the city of Puebla is the popular Parián market and this is the best place to buy traditional arts and crafts from Puebla. It features over 100 stalls that offer handcrafted items from different places throughout the state.