Every year between June and August, in the coniferous forests, we can be witnesses of one of the greatest spectacles of nature, the sighting and mating of fireflies. At nightfall, the environment is illuminated thanks to the bio-uminescence characteristic of the spicie, millions of lampyridaes, also called “bugs of light”, dance among the bushes, the trunks and the meadows giving way to intermittent flashes of a neon yellow color that hypnotizes to own and strangers. The climatic conditions combined with the local flora, are ideal for the fireflies to take advantage of the moisture acquired by the bark of the trees and shrubs during the rainy season, to deposit their eggs and give us the opportunity to admire one of the most beautiful rituals of life that nature gives us.
Chiles en Nogada.
Taste and discover the different flavors of the best
Chiles en Nogada during the Festival in Puebla
One of the most typical dishes of Mexican Gastronomy, is called the “platillo poblano por excelencia” (poblano dish par excelence). It was originally cooked up by Augustinian Recollect nuns at the Santa Monica Convent to honor Agustín de Iturbide te first emperor of Mexico; each plate bore the red, white, and green colors of the new national flag.
The Chile en Nogada Festival aims to tell the world about the excellence of chile en Nogada, a dish that enriches the tables of Puebla. The festival has been held since 1991, and its program includes exhibitions, artistic events, culinary workshops.
5 de Mayo
México’s triumph against the French army
What is Cinco de Mayo?: Literally “the Fifth of May,” Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. In 1861, France sent a massive army to invade Mexico, as they wanted to collect on some war debts.
Isn’t it Mexico’s Independence Day?: That’s a common misconception. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16, because it was on that day in 1810 that Father Miguel Hidalgo took to his pulpit in the village church of the town of Dolores and invited his flock to take up arms and join him in overthrowing Spanish tyranny. Independence Day is a very important holiday in Mexico and not to be confused with Cinco de Mayo.
International Baroque Museum
The most important new art museum in North America
Designed by the Japanese Toyo Ito, the Interactive museum was financed with investments from the federal and state governments as well as private initiative. It showcases the best of international baroque pieces from Brazil, Cuba, China, Spain, France, United States, Guatemala, Peru, Portugal and 21 museums besides Mexican foundations.
The new International Baroque Museum, of 18,000 square meters length, is considered as one of the most ambitious in the history of Puebla.
The two-story building host permanent exhibition halls and has areas dedicated to science, nature and scientific experimentation.
The city of Puebla was the first ‘perfect’ city in the Americas
Nestled in the middle of Mexico, under the imposing view of the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes, Puebla opens its doors and boasts its official titles: It was named a “heroic” city for being the site where Mexican troops’ defeated the French army in 1862 (Battle of Puebla); and it was also named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. If there is a word that defines Puebla, then it is baroque. Complex flavors that seduce our palates, elaborated shapes that capture our sight, an irresistible mix of legends and stories, winding streets, fountains, gardens, craft markets, artistic alleys… and a view studded with the churches’ domes. So, it is not outrageous to think that Puebla is the place that angels call home.
One of Mexico’s most famous traditional dishes
The 17th-century Convento de Santa Rosa was originally devoted to Saint Agnes, but the nuns later changed their advocation in favor of the first saint of the Americas, Saint Rose of Lima. With the mid 19th century Reform Laws, all the church’s property was nationalized, and under government auspices the building served as a military barracks, then a mental hospital, then a housing complex, before finally being converted into a cultural center and museum in the 1970s.
One of the highlights of a visit to the former convent of Santa Rosa is the kitchen, where it is said that mole poblano was invented. The creative nuns combined a wide variety of ingredients to create the signature dish of Puebla: a rich sauce that is both spicy and sweet. It’s easy to imagine the nuns grinding the ingredients on a metate (grinding stone), and stirring up their aromatic concoction in large unglazed earthenware pots on the tiled stove. The stunning traditional colonial kitchen is adorned with talavera tile from ceiling to floor.
Ceramics, Talavera Technic
The most beautiful Ceramic from 16 century
Soon after its foundation, Puebla was well known for its fine ceramics, especially for the style that would be called Talavera. This has been due to the abundance of quality clay in the region, drawing some of the best artisans. Between 1550 and 1570, Spanish potter from Talavera de la Reina in Spain came to Puebla to teach the locals European techniques of using the potter’s wheel and tin glazing. These new methods were mixed with native designs to give rise to what became known as Poblano Talavera.
Cholula. Temples on the Top of Temples
The world’s largest pyramid is hidden under a mountain
Cholula was second only to the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City), possibly with a population of up to 100,000. The great city stood at the foot of what appears to be an earthen hill that is, in fact, the largest pyramid ever built, covering over 46 acres and spanning an incredible 405 meters on each side! In addition to this great construction dedicated to Quetzalcoatl, the city had a reported 365 temples. After taking the city during the Spanish Conquest, Hernan Cortes vowed that it would be rebuilt with a Christian church to replace each of the old pagan temples; less than 50 new churches were actually built, but the Spanish colonial churches are unusually numerous for a city of its size.
Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl Volcanoes
A Tragic Romance of Aztec Legend
On a clear day, the towering white peaks of the legendary Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes can be seen from the city of Puebla. Rising beyond 17,000 feet in elevation, these two majestic mountains offer
the viewer a breathtaking sight. Snowcapped year round, the well-known landmarks have captured people’s imaginations throughout the ages. Popo and Izta, as many affectionately call these two volcanoes, share a story that reaches back into the mists of time. The name Iztaccihuatl in the indigenous Nahuatl language means “White Woman” and the mountain actually includes four peaks, the tallest of which reaches 17,158 feet. Many see her silhouette as resembling that of a sleeping woman, complete with head, chest, knees and feet. Iztaccihuatl is an extinct volcano. Popocatepetl is the taller of the two mountains, reaching an incredible 17,802 feet in height. Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl are connected by a high mountain pass known as the Paso de Cortes. Popocatepetl is still active with the volcano having spewed smoke and ash as recently as April 2016. In the Nauhuatl language Popocatepetl means “Smoking Mountain” and as we shall soon see, was aptly named.
Memory of the World
The libraries of the religious orders of Mexico were located in Puebla, Morelia and Oaxaca. Palafoxiana in Puebla is the oldest library in the Americas, and is the only library of the three that remained intact and authentic, as it was continuously conserved. After the 1999 earthquakes more than 1,000 listed historic buildings in Puebla had suffered some damage, and the heritage of Puebla was in a state of emergency. The restoration project returned the library to its original grandeur and strengthened the architectural elements so that the building and its bookshelves would withstand vibrations from future earthquakes. The project helped to preserve the cultural legacy and philanthropic history of the library and the city of Puebla. UNESCO also recognizes the Biblioteca Palafoxiana as the first public library in the Americas. Because of this fact, it has been declared Memory of the World
Get excited, enjoy the best views of Puebla from the heights
The cable car of Puebla offers an unsurpassable view of the city, the largest urban mural in the world, you can also appreciate the historical area of Los fuertes as well as the volcanoes Popocatépetl, Iztaccíhuatl and La Malinche.
The cable car runs a length of 688 meters and has two cabins with a maximum capacity of 35 people..
A Mural city
It is pronounced “shanenetla” and it is a “Bravo” neighborhood that was rescued and revalued by a group of artists through 55 murals painted on the facades of its labyrinthine streets.
The murals have been a team effort. The community of Xanenetla decided
that the concepts of the murals should be along the lines of “who we were”,
“who we are”, and “who we want to be”, thus describing through the walls,
the past, present and future of the neighborhood.
These designs have been co-created by local artists and the owners of the houses
• Round trip airfare
• Airport transfers from and to Ajijic
• Transportation in Puebla
• Tour guide
• Escorted tours
• Entrance fees
* Government Palace
* Frogs Alley
* Baroque Museum
* Chapel of the Rosary
* Santa Rosa Convent
* Dolls House
* Talavera workshop
* Bello Museum
* Fort of Guadalupe
* Fort of Loreto
* El Alfenique House
* Palafoxiana Library
* Xanenetla neighbourhood
* Fireflies Sanctuary
* And Much More