Puebla

This beautiful city was founded in 1531, was built with the effort and the art of the region natives and spaniard entrepreneurs. The city of Puebla is also the capital of the state of Puebla, and is located about 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, surrounded by two snow-capped volcanoes, the Popocatepetl “Popo”, and Iztaccihuatl “La Mujer dormida” or “Sleeping woman”.

With one of the most artistic arquitectures, leaving an important legacy to the world, sits the grandiose Historical Center of the City of Puebla, which was declared a “Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 1987, with a unique blend of European and Arabic styles with the flavor of native culture, where you can find some of the most amazing structures and fine buildings, like the Catedral, a true architectural jewel, with a front facade built out of a black limestone, with two towers, considered the highest in Mexico and 14 interior chapels.

The majestic city of Puebla has one of the most renowned gastronomies in Mexico, for its own unique combinations of European, Arab and indigineous influences. Puebla is world famous for one of the most unique dishes in Mexican Cuisine: Mole Poblano. Following with legendary dishes as Chiles en Nogada and the typical candies including camotes, made with a mix of sweet potatoes and sugar with added flavors like strawberry, obleas, jamoncillos, among other favorites that you can find in ” The street of candies”, Yes! you have an entire street, to enjoy the variety offered.

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La Plazuela de los Sapos, in the heart of the city, surrounded with amazing elegant colonial buildings, hosts artist’s and craftman’s workshops and antique shops. On the weekends a “tianguis” a “flea market style” is set up, where you can find the most rare objects, antiques and unexpected items. Surrounding the area you will also find some of the best restaurants and bars in the city offering the best of local foods. If you are antique lover, this is your paradise!

Puebla is so rich in culture, history and contributions to Mexico, that we can count. Full of life, wonderful people, amazing architecture, street of candies, amazing gastronomy, great nightlife, and wonderful weather, unbelievable views with two volcanoes, the only way to experience this is by visiting Puebla.

Inspire yourself with Puebla!

 

 

 

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El Pico de Orizaba

East of Mexico City, past the town of Puebla, you will find the highest mountain in Mexico know as El Pico de Orizaba. It’s actually a volcano and rises 18,490 feet above sea level. The peak or “el pico” is located north of the city of Orizaba. The volcano is currently dormant but not extinct; however, its last eruption occurred in 1687. Although it’s located about 75 miles inland, west of the port of Veracruz, its peak is visible to ships approaching the port in the Gulf of Mexico, and at dawn, rays of sunlight highlight the peak while Veracruz still lies in shadow.

Not many people consider Mexico as a skiing destination but for a proper adventure south of the border this peak offers amazing skiing opportunities in an exotic location. En route from Puebla to the mountain, stop at Tlachichuca — the sort of base town for would be climbers and skiers — and ask for Senior Reyes. His family is well know around here for their climbing experience. They have a place, called “The Hut”, up in the mountain (at 14,000 ft.) that is used by virtually everyone that ascends the volcano. The cost includes lodging and transportation.

Reaching the top is the goal, and looking down into the volcano’s crater is definitely not an “everyday” scene. It’s not a  tough ascent for the average skier and mountain climber, but your stamina can surely be tested. From the summit, the views stretch to the temperate forests on the lower slopes to the other volcanoes and past the flat desert to the gulf coast beyond. Each year adventure seekers enjoy the year-round snow and the Jamapa Glacier on this peak with over 600m of steep descent on the summit glacier. The most exhilarating part is descending the peak, with most of the ski route facing north. Snow conditions are variable; sometimes the snow becomes a chunky powder, but it gets icier as you approach the glaciers.

For information on climbing Pico de Orizaba visit www.summitorizaba.com.

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