Video tour of Puebla
20 January 2010 | Puebla, Mexico
We visited Puebla, Mexico's 4th largest city, whose historic center is filled with 16th century Spanish and French architecture. Due to its history and architectural styles ranging from Renaissance to Mexican Baroque, the city was named a World Heritage Site. The city was founded in 1531 in an area called Cuetlaxcoapan which means "where serpents change their skin." The city was originally called "Los Angeles". The original name of the city was "Puebla de Los Angeles".
Besides its architecture, the city is famous for its cuisine, including "mole poblano", (which means, Puebla style mole), a sauce made of 50 different ingredients including chili peppers, peanuts, chocolate, and cinnamon. Chicken prepared with mole poblano is considered the Mexican national dish.
The city is at 2200 m (7000 ft), so daytime temperatures are moderate year round and cool at night. It is surrounded by snow capped volcanoes, with elevations of 5500 m (18,000 ft).
We stayed at a very nice hotel near the town center called Real Santander. We would recommend the excellent restaurant, "Mural Poblano", located near the town square. Exquisite food and reasonable prices.