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Puebla at a Glance

Puebla is a former planned colonial city and is home to 70 churches. Check out the architecture and the extensive historic district, but don't overlook the food.

Mole Poblano is Puebla's claim to culinary fame. Chilis, fruits, nuts, spices and chocolate go into this thick sauce destined for turkey or chicken meat. In June, join the crowds at the Festival del Mole Poblano in celebrating this famous dish. If you visit Puebla during August, you can get a taste of the Festival del Chile en Nogada. Head to local restaurants to sample different takes on the chile stuffed with piccadillo and covered with a walnut sauce. 

Puebla is also famous for its pottery called Tavalera. Enter the colorful El Parián Crafts Market and be on the lookout for high quality pottery, leather and jewelry mixed in with chintzier options.

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High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Hermanos Serdán International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American tourists and residents of Schengen countries usually do not need a visa to visit Mexico if tourism is the purpose of their trip. However, the Mexican authorities issue you a tourist card when you enter the country and it is important that you hold on to it. The cost of the tourist card varies with the exchange rate and is somewhere around $22. If your trip includes work, humanitarian aid or studies, you will need a visa. Contact a Mexican Consulate for more information. American citizens can also research Mexican travel at the U.S State Department website.

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      Severe Weather May to October is Puebla's rainiest season. Due to the altitude, the area never gets truly hot. Pack layers and expect to wear long-sleeves on chilly spring evenings.

      Safety Concerns: Watch out for pickpockets and petty property crime. Leave your valuables in a safe place, or else keep your eyes upon them at all times. Avoid dark, deserted areas at nighttime and stick with the crowds. 

      Health Concerns Bottled water is the best bet for tourists who are unfamiliar with drinking the water of Mexico.