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Puebla is a nice city just under a million and a half people located halfway between Mexico City and Veracruz. It was built on this strategic point in 1531 because of equidistant point between the two major cities. Because of this it grew into a very important city during the colonial times. It was also the first city built by the Spanish that was not built upon a previously existing Native American city. Because of the amount of wealth that went threw Puebla the city has an amazing old town, which is very well preserved because the locals take great pride in it. The city is much more traditional and conservative when compared to Mexico City and people tend to be very religious here. Puebla is a great city to spend a day or two wondering its streets and looking at its fine churches. It is also a good place to jump off to other destinations like Cholula or further afield to Oaxaca.
The historic downtown is littered with churches and other amazing structures. At its centre is a pleasant Zocalo with a nice fountain that locals gather around during the day. As you approach south west of the Zocalo you enter the university area, which is home to some nice bars and cheaper restaurants. Templo De Santo Domingo is a wonderful Dominican church located on 5 de Mayo.
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The Puebla Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in all of Mexico. The two towers, only one which has bells in it, are the tallest in Mexico. The legend says that under the tower with no bells is an underground river and if the bells were installed in it, the tower would fall. Construction on the Cathedral began in 1557 and was not finished until 1690. The interior has several stunning side chapels and the main alter is jaw dropping. The Cathedral closes during the midday, making the best time to visit early evening or in the morning.
Although the Day of the Dead is also celebrated in many Latin American countries except Mexico (and also in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa), the Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is most intensily celebrated in Mexciowhere where it is equal to a National Holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Although it is about the Dead, it is also a celebration where eating and partying both are common as well.
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Hermanos Serdán International Airport (IATA: PBC, ICAO:MMPB) is the airport that serves Puebla. It also is an alternative airport for Mexico City. It has good regional service and limited international service.
CAPU is the main bus station in town. It has buses to every city in the country.
Near the University area south west of the Zocalo there are several bars. Check out Calle 6 Sur for there are several bars and clubs located on or near this plaza. There is also a lively LGBT bar scene and they are easy to spot with rainbow flags hanging outside the window.
|Hostal Santo Domingo||4 Poniente 312 (entre 3 y 5 Norte)||Hostel||84|
|Hotel Hacienda del Molino||Calzada del Bosque N°10 Col. San Jose del Puente||Hotel||-|
|Mesones Sacristia||6 sur 304 9 oriente 16||Hotel||-|
|Popocatepetl Hostel||Calle 3A Sur 5946 Between Encina St. and Cedros St. Nearby Villa Enc||Hostel||-|
|Villas Arqueologicas Cholula||2 Poniente N° 601 San Andres Cholula||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Casona Poblana||16 de Septiembre 905||Hostel||88|
There is a nice cheap internet cafe across the street from the Museum Amparo. Sometimes photocopy stores or photo processing stores will double as an internet cafe with a couple of computers. Look for signs reading "Acceso a Internet" or "Cibernautica" or "Cibercafe". Charges range from approx. US$1 an hour to US$3 an hour, depending on the location.
See also International Telephone Calls
Phone cards can be purchased anywhere and are needed for the majority of public phones. To call any number outside your region you have to dial 01 then followed by the area code. If calling a cellphone from a normal phone start with with 044. If calling cellphone to cellphone just dial the 10-digit number. To make an international call dial 00 followed by the country code then the local number. To call to Mexico, also dial 00 (most of the times) followed by the national code 52.
The Mexican postal service is operated by Correos de México. The post service in Mexico is pretty good although not very cheap. It is reliable regarding the sending of postcards, but it takes at least a week to send it to other countries (US/Canada), more so if you send it to Europe or Australia. For packages it is better to use international services like FedEx or UPS. If you are sending a package internationally with the Mexican postal service, take the package OPEN to the post office, they may want to inspect it. Seal it up at the post office. Post offices typically open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday. You will find post offices (Oficina de Correos) is almost any town or city in Mexico. To buy stamps it is best to go to the post office, although you can also get them at stamp machines, located outside the post offices, at bus stations, airports and some commercial establishments.
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