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One of the most beautiful and picturesque places in Mexico, Puebla is definitely one to add to the bucket list! Not only is the city itself full of great places, but its location is great for surrounding museums, small towns,, lakes, waterfalls, and more! Here are 15 awesome things to do in Puebla, Mexico.

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Where is Puebla in Mexico?

Puebla is actually both a state, and a city. The capital of the state of Puebla is the city of Puebla (which is what we are writing about). It is located in east central Mexico, about 100 km south east of Mexico City.

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Puebla is located south east of Mexico City.


How to Get to Puebla, Mexico

There are a number of ways to get to Puebla. Here is all the info you need.


What is the Closest Airport to Puebla?

The closest airport to Puebla is the Puebla Hermanos Serdan Airport, which is located 36 km north west of the city center of Puebla. Cities that fly direct to Puebla include Cancun, Guadalajara, Houston, Laredo, Monterrey, and Tijuana.


Another option is to fly into Mexico City, which is just two hours away. Mexico City has much more flights, so we suggest checking to see whichever has better options.

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How to Get to Puebla From Mexico City Airport

There are a few ways to get to Puebla if you plan on flying into Mexico City.


Rent a Car

If you plan on flying and and out of Mexico City, then the best idea would definitely be to rent a car. We absolutely loved renting a car in Mexico, as it was affordable, and allowed us to explore a ton of hidden gems.


Here is a site we often use to book our rentals:

Take a Bus

If you don't want to drive, you can easily get a bus from Mexico City Airport, or from the city center of Mexico City. The ride is about 2 hours, and tickets range from $15-25 depending on which area you are getting the bus from.

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Entry Requirements for Mexico

When traveling to a new country, (even if it's a neighboring one) it's still important to know exactly the requirements for entering. Here is all you need to know for visiting Mexico.


Visa Entry Requirements for Mexico

Back in the day, US citizens were able to travel to Mexico without passports. It's been a while since that has changed, but it's important to address since we have met many Americans thinking they could travel to Mexico without a passport. Americans can travel to Mexico for up to 90 days with their passport.


Covid Entry Requirements

From day one, Mexico has been much more accepting of letting people in during times of Covid. Luckily, conditions around the world have kept getting better, and there are no longer any restrictions due to Covid.


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Local Adjustments for Puebla, Mexico

Whenever you travel there are things you may need to adjust to, that will differ from where you are coming from. Here are the different local adjustments to keep in mind when traveling to Puebla, Mexico.


What Language Do They Speak in Puebla?

The official language in Puebla is Spanish. While we did meet plenty of people that spoke English, it's definitely helpful to pick up some of the basics to get by.


Currency Used in Puebla

The currency used in Mexico is the Mexican peso. Currently (February 2024) the conversion rate is 17 pesos for every 1 USD. While many big hotels and restaurants will take credit card, you'll definitely want cash for local markets, street vendors, and tipping. vThe best way to exchange money is to go directly to the ATM, not to an exchange office.


Plug Types Used in Puebla

The outlets in Mexico are the same as those in the US and Canada. The standard voltage in Mexico is 127 V and 60 HZ. If you come from the Americas you won't need to get an adapter, but if you are coming from Europe you'll need an energy adapter and converter for the energy difference.


Is it Safe to Drink Water in Puebla?

The water is not deemed safe to drink in Puebla, so we suggest sticking to bottled water.


Tipping in Puebla, Mexico

The average tip to leave in Puebla is from 10-15%, and is typical in cash.

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Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico

Now that you know all the basics for visiting, here are the best things to do in Puebla, Mexico.


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Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #1: Visit the Catedral de Puebla

First things first, the thing you can't miss is the city itself! The Cathedral of Puebla is located right in the main square of Puebla, This Roman Catholic Church is the second largest in Mexico and has gorgeous architecture and detail inside. It is open from 8 am to 8 pm daily and is free of charge to enter.


Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #2:  Ride the Estrella de Puebla

Want to see some great views of the city? Hop on the giant Ferris wheel "Estrella de Puebla"! With 80 meters in height, and 54 gondolas in total, the ride is 20 minutes long, which is more than enough to truly enjoy the panorama of the city. 


Estrella de Puebla is open Monday to Friday from 3:30 pm to 10:00 pm, and Saturday and Sundays from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Tickets are 40 pesos (about $2 USD), or you can upgrade to a VIP cabin for 400 pesos (about $20 USD).

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The Estrella de Puebla is one of the best things to do in Puebla, Mexico.

Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #3:  Walk the Colorful Stairs of Atlixco

Located just a half hour outside of the city of Puebla, is the Pueblo Mágico of Atlixco. Just within the past few months there has been painted a beautiful mural all along the giant stairs in the middle of town. This staircase has been painted for 15 days by a well known local artist named Juan Manuel Martinez Caltenco.


Not only is the mural beautiful to look at, but it is significant for Atlixco, because it depicts a woman and man from a folklore of the town.

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Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #4: Swing Above Atlixco

While you're in Atlixco, make sure you check out the best views of the city. Head up to the top of Cerro San Miguel, and you can find 360 views of the city, as well as the surrounding mountains.


On the top you'll also find a swing that will make you feel like you're on top of the world. Not to mention it and makes for a great photo opportunity!

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Want to visit Atlixco but don't have a car? Here are some group tours that you can join:

Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #5:  Check Out the Surrounding Volcanoes

From the city of Puebla you can enjoy the view of the enormous volcanoes surrounding it. But what's even more amazing? You can actually visit these volcanoes up close to get a truly awesome experience. Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl are the two most popular. Both being dormant, they can be hiked as well.


There are plenty of tours available from the city. They can be booked online, or at an agency in the city. They will bring you to the volcanoes and do a guided tour to both of them, for the perfect day trip.


Here are excursions to Iztaccihuatl:

Here are a couple of excursions that take you to Popocatepeti:

Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #6: Climb to the Top of Laguna Atexcac

Located just an hour and a half away from Puebla, Laguna Atexcac is a serious hidden gem of the area. The crater lake has a deep turquoise color, and is surrounded by mountains, making it truly picturesque. Hike up in just 10-15 minutes to be greeted with some seriously stunning views!


Want to go down to the lake? We suggest bringing some good sneakers and plenty of water, as it's pretty steep and goes far down! There is no entrance fee, and this spot we had completely to ourselves.

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Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #7: Take a Dip in Laguna Alcichica

While you're in the area of Atexcac, we also have another great find for you. Another lagoon that is off the beaten path is Laguna Alcichica. Actually, this salt lake is located just down the road from Laguna Atexcac. It is equally beautiful, but unique, and worth a visit.

Laguna Alchica, things to do in Puebla

You can see Laguna Alcichica from the side of the highway, and it doesn't seem to be anything special. Until you actually go right up next to, then you will see crystalized salt, and crystal clear waters. Make sure you go on a hot day for its refreshing waters!

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Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #8: Visit San Andres Cholula

Located less than a half hour away from Puebla, this Pueblo Mágico is a truly gorgeous town! San Andres Cholula has 365 churches scattered throughout the city, and is full of color and charm every corner you turn.


Make sure to check out the most famous church in Cholula. Its perched up on a hill right next to the pyramids, and called Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies. Enjoy the archeological zone around it, or get up close to admire the architecture.

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San Andres Cholula, things to do in Puebla, Mexico

In October you can see the beautiful Cempesuchil flowers in bloom.

Want to go on a guided tour to Cholula? Here are a few that we've found:

Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #9: Explore the Cempesuchil Fields

Visiting the area in October? Then you can't miss out on enjoying the gorgeous cempesuchil fields! The entire area surrounding Puebla is covered with these orange flowers that are used for the day of the dead. The biggest and most beautiful ones we found were right outside the center of Atlixco.

Cempesuchil Fields, things to do in Puebla, Mexico

You can find Cempesuchil fields all around the surrounding areas of Puebla.

Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #10: Visit the Museo Internacional del Barroco

Opened in just 2016, this place is a great spot for things to do in Puebla, The International Museum of the Baroque is a museum of Baroque art designed by Japanese architect Toyo Itō. Walk in and around to enjoy the modern design and architecture of this unique museum.

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Museo Internacional del Barroco is just a few kilometers outside of the city, at the intersection of the “Boulevard de Atlixcayotl” and the “Avenida de las Torres”. The hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, and the cost is 80 pesos (about $4 USD). 

 

Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #11: Explore the Cantona Ruins

Located about an hour from the city, is a mesoamerican city that is a bit off the beaten path. The ruins are extensive and fascinating, and the entrance is just 65 pesos! (about $3 USD).  This archeological site is open every day from 9 am to 6 pm.


Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #12: Wander Down Callejon de los Sapos

Want to check out the most colorful part of Puebla? This is one of the best things to do in Puebla for photography lovers. Head to Callejon de los sapos. Wander down this alley and admire all of the brightly colored buildings. Admire this picturesque area with its painted archways, and plants decorating each house and store front.


Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #13: Discover the Art of Xanenetla

After you're done taking in the views of the rainbow colored street Callejon de los sapos, make sure you check out the neighborhood of Xanenetla. Here you can see art everywhere! The streets and buildings are covered with murals by local artists, and is true gem for those who love street art.


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Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #14:  Check Out Fuertes de Loreto

Want to learn about some of the history of Puebla? Head to Fuertes de Loreto. This historical fort was a main site in the Battle of Puebla, when France invaded Mexico in 1862. Educate yourself about the battle, and enjoy the well preserved walls, weapons, and flags.


Fuertes de Loreto is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 4:30 pm, and is closed on Mondays. The entry fee is 55 pesos (about $2.50 USD). Except on Sundays, it is completely free of charge.


Things to Do in Puebla, Mexico #15: Take a Trip to Cascada el Aguacate

These waterfalls are not so easy to get to, but are definitely worth it for those who want some adventure! Located just 4o minutes from Puebla, this is a serious hidden gem. More formally known as las Cascadas de San Agustín Ahuehuetla, the waterfalls can be reached from the town of San Agustin.


When you arrive to the town, you can park and start your journey to the falls. They are a 2 km hike (about 40 minutes) from the town. Although it can be intense, the place is totally worth it!

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What Food is Puebla, Mexico Known For?

Did you know that Mexico actually has a huge variety in their cuisine? Well, we loved the food in Puebla, and tried a ton of unique dishes! Here are a few foods to try while in Puebla, Mexico.


  • Chiles en Nogada: poblano chiles stuffed with picadillo and topped with a walnut-based cream sauce (nogada)
  • Mole Poblano: a thick sauce made from chiles, fruits, and chocolate
  • Pipian Verde: a green sauce made with pumpkin seeds, peanuts, sesame seeds, leafy greens, and spices
  • Pipian Rojo: a red sauce made from pumpkin seeds and Chile peppers
  • Chalupas: similar to tacos but with round boat-shapes corn tortillas
  • Memelas: crispy disks of corn flour topped with fresh veggies, cheese, or refried beans
  • Huaxmole: stewed meat, Chile, and Guaje seeds
  • Tacos Arabes: pork tacos infused with Schwarma flavors
  • Cemitas: a typical sandwich stuffed with meat on a sesame seed bun
  • Pelonas: a typical sandwich stuffed with shredded beef and refried beans on a fried bun
  • Molotes: a corn-based pastry with various fillings (similar to empanadas)

Getting Around Puebla, Mexico

Puebla is quite a big city, and really deserves a car to get around, especially when it comes to exploring the nature around Puebla. If you want to rent a car, you can easily do it from the airport or from the city.


Rent a car in Puebla:

If you don't feel comfortable driving, you can always rely on public buses within the city and to visit some other main destinations in the area, or you can use Uber.


Where to Stay in Puebla, Mexico

We stayed in the historic center of Puebla, and absolutely loved it! There are also a number of really cool boutique hotels in the area, so you can have a bit more of a luxurious stay.


Looking for a different type of place in the historic center? Simply refer to the map below for all of the options:

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Another great area to stay is Cholula. This adorable and colorful town is super tourist friendly, and has a lot to offer to travelers. Here are a couple of places we recommend:


Want to see all of the different accommodation options Cholula has to offer? Just check the map:

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Is Puebla, Mexico Safe?

Mexico gets such a bad rep when it comes to safety, but there are so many areas where we felt completely safe! Puebla was certainly one of the those place. We explored on our own, and at night and never had any issues. 


Like anywhere though, make sure to keep an eye on your belongings, and never keep things on site if you happen to rent a car.


All in all though, Puebla is not a scary or super dangerous place to be, and we highly recommend it to any type of traveler.


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Other Things to Know About Visiting Puebla, Mexico

Now that you know all the best things to do in Puebla, and how to get around, here are a few last things to keep in mind when visiting.


Weather in Puebla, Mexico

Many people assume that all of Mexico is hot all the time, but the truth is that everywhere is different! Puebla has two seasons, a dry season and a wet season. The wet season is from May to October, and the weather is very hot and humid. The dry season is from November to April, and days are warm and sunny, while the nights cool off quite a bit.


The Best Time to Visit Puebla, Mexico

We visited Puebla in October, and truly think that there couldn't have been a better time to visit. The weather was perfectly warm and sunny during the day, with cool nights. The cempesuchil fields were in full bloom, and places were decorated festively for Dia de Los Muertos. If you get a chance to visit Puebla, we definitely recommend going in October.


Packing For a Trip to Puebla, Mexico

Here are some of the things we suggest bringing with you during your visit.

  • Sunscreen
  • Bathing suit for the surrounding waterfalls and lakes
  • Light sweater for the night
  • Reusable Water Bottle (we use this water bottle from Cafago because it holds the temperature)
  • Comfortable shoes for sightseeing 
  • Sneakers (for the hikes)
  • Zippered Bag or Backpack (to secure your belongings) - take a look at these backpacks for travelers!
  • Power Bank (we use Anker power banks, as they are super long lasting and sturdy)
  • Drone (We use the Mavic Mini Pro 3 because it's super light and doesn't sacrifice quality)
  • Action Camera (we use the Insta 360 X3 because it's small & waterproof)
  • Waterproof Phone Pouch (we use the Cafago Waterproof Phone Pouch)
  • Travel Adapter if you are not from the Americas (we use Tessan travel adapters as they are affordable and reliable)

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Puebla was one of our favorite cities in Mexico, and is not to be missed if you are visiting this part of the country! We suggest spending a full week to enjoy everything in and around the city.


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