Puebla Mexico Skyline Image: RussBowling (flickr)
The city of Puebla Mexico was officially founded on April 16th, 1531. As the first city in Central Mexico founded by Spanish conquistadors that was not built upon the ruins of a conquered settlement, Puebla Mexico quickly developed its own Spanish traditions. Located conveniently between Veracruz and Mexico City, Puebla Mexico was also a popular stop for anyone traveling between the two larger cities during colonial times.
If you plan to stop in Puebla as you travel Mexico, facts about Puebla Mexico are both useful and interesting. During the late 19th century, Puebla experienced a large influx of European settlers from Germany, Italy and Spain. Modern day Puebla still shows the influence of the German population. Events and festivals such as Oktoberfest are still celebrated passionately in the Colonia Humboldt, a particularly German neighborhood in Puebla.
Puebla Mexico Zocalo
Another lasting German influence was, up until 2003, the Volkswagen manufacturing site located in the city. Puebla was the last site to produce the now discontinued Volkswagen Beetle, and although the car is no longer manufactured, other German and French companies still operate in the city. Apart from a bustling textile economy, Puebla Mexico also has a score of universities located within the city, boasting more then 20.
Puebla Mexico Pictures Image: RussBowling (flickr)
For anyone stopping in Puebla as they travel Mexico, there are plenty of things to do in the city. Puebla has two professional football teams (American soccer) and a huge sports stadium with a capacity for 45,000 fans. Many tourists who travel Mexico and head to Puebla take advantage of the city's great sightseeing. Double Decker busses offer rides through the most historical sections with tour guides calling out facts about Puebla Mexico and making stops at popular spots such as the Amparo Museum of the African Safari Zoo.
Yet another popular spot in Puebla is the pyramid of Cholula, located right in the urban area of Puebla. Cholula was an important Aztecan city, and the huge pyramid was the largest in the New World. The National Museum of Mexican Railroads can also be found in Puebla, with facts about Puebla Mexico, as well as the famous Chihuahua Pacific Railway. The history Mexico Puebla has to offer is fascinating and worth exploring.
Eating out in Puebla is one of the most celebrated activities in the city. Puebla is considered to be the home of mole sauce, the rich cinnamon and chocolate sauce that accompanies many traditional Mexican dishes. Camote, a dessert-like sweet potato entrée, is also a famous Pueblan food. A bevy of delicious restaurants serving local and international fare are found throughout the city.
As the fourth largest city in Mexico, after Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey, Puebla is an excellent city to visit and a great place to stay a few nights. Sightseeing, touring and shopping at a local market are wonderful ways to explore the city and learn more as you travel Mexico.