Puebla City (Puebla)

ISLAND IN THE SKY: Puebla's Altar of the Cathedral (Guillermo Aldana, courtesy Mexico Tourism)

Proudly conservative, Puebla has scores of churches, which vary in size and style but seldom go unutilized. Most impressive is the soaring main cathedral, which took over a hundred years to complete and is said to be the country's tallest. The Museo de Amparo, a short distance away, has a remarkable collection of pre-Hispanic and colonial-era art and artifacts. Puebla also makes a good base for trips elsewhere in the region, especially to Mexico City, just two hours away.

Inside Tip: Be sure to try Puebla's most famous dish: chile en nogada, a poblano pepper stuffed with meat and topped by a white walnut cream sauce and pomegranate seeds. It's a fancy variation of chile rellenos (stuffed peppers), with colors that match the Mexican flag.

Liza Prado and Gary Chandler are the authors of numerous guidebooks to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, including Yucatán Peninsula and Cancún & Cozumel , both published by Moon Handbooks.


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