Puebla: pottery, pyramids and Popocatepetl

By Sheridan Sansegundo

The next trip planned by Audubon Eco-Journeys, from April 8 to 11, is to the romantic city of Puebla, famous for its architecture, ceramics and cuisine. The trip will include a private tour of a Talavera pottery, birdwatching on Lake Valsequillo, and a visit to the Great Pyramid of Cholula, which is topped by one of the most elegant churches in Mexico.

Trip to Puebla and Cholula
Audubon Eco-Journeys
April 8-11

Puebla, which was founded in 1531 and is the fourth largest city in Mexico, is situated about 100 km east of Mexico City, at the foot of the Popocatepetl volcano. It has preserved its great religious structures such as the 16th-century cathedral and fine buildings like the old archbishop’s palace, as well as a host of houses with walls covered in tiles (azulejos).

It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, offering traditions that captivate visitors from all over the world. Puebla is known for delicious mole poblano, chiles en nogada and cemitas (a stuffed sandwich). It has a street dedicated to restaurants serving regional cuisine, as well as an upscale food market (Mercado de Sabores). A photographer’s dream, it is filled with fine 17th and 18th-century colonial architecture, featuring over 5,000 buildings of historical significance.

Cholula, right next door to Puebla, is best known for its Great Pyramid, considered the largest pyramid in the world, with the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios sanctuary on top. Because of the historic and religious significance of the church, which is a designated colonial monument, the pyramid as a whole has not been excavated and restored, as have the smaller but better-known pyramids at Teotihuacan. Inside the pyramid are some five miles of tunnels excavated by archeologists.

The group will stay at a lovely hotel in the historic center of Puebla. The cost is $685 based on double occupancy, with a discount for Audubon members. Reservations and full payment are requested by February 22. If you are interested in joining this trip, please contact Colleen Besman at viajesconaudubon@gmail.com or 415 152-3644. There is more information at www.travelian.com.mx/puebla.

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