Transport yourself to the beautiful colonial city of Puebla in Mexico and picture yourself surrounded by the exhilaration of thousands of patriots that for more than 150 years continue celebrating the Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 5th), one of the biggest fiestas (parties) hosted in this city.
You will be enchanted with this international festivity, which delivers all the Mexican charm that you can indulge yourself into with its delicious traditional food, music, colorful art and more.
Locals and tourist can appreciate every moment of this celebration as the city stops its regular activities to give full attention to the much anticipated fiesta, here are some of the festivities not ought to miss:
Every year thousands of people gathered by the Cinco de Mayo Boulevard in Puebla to witness the parade.
It is an enchanting moment to watch the display of colorful allegorical cars embellished by Mexican culture, accompanied by the enthusiastic students’ bands playing up beat songs including other entities as the National Military marching the streets wearing their official uniforms.
Of course, also the charros (cowboys) parade on their horses and the Air force planes flying above the sky intensify this exuberating moment.
Puebla State Fair
The Cinco de Mayo festival celebrations continue at the fair running for several weeks in May, where whole families will enjoy the arcade games, rides, exhibitions, and live entertainment offered at various scenarios throughout the fair.
Visit the several open air stands containing all kinds of local art guarantying you will find a souvenir for everyone on your list.
The festivities in Puebla last almost a month with free activities for every age group. Here is a list of some of these activities:
At Reform Auditorium; the crowds can listen to classical music, jazz or dance salsa.
At Children’s Park; the young ones can participate in several fun activities.
At the Zocalo; music lovers can enjoy concerts from international artists.
At the Principal Theatre; attendees can find pleasure watching a play.
At the Cultural House; people can appreciate the gastronomy and art of an invited Mexican State.
So Why Cinco de Mayo Festival?
The city of Puebla is already a top destination for visitors due to its amazing colonial architecture. Combine that with the mesmerizing experience to participate in one of the most important celebrations of the city.
Everyone will attest celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Puebla is the ultimate place to experience the true origin of this holiday.
It is recommended to take a direct bus from Mexico City to Puebla as buses that do stops (-can be intercepted by robbers-), even though these incidents are rare it is better to avoid them.
2# Keep Your Belongings Safe
Puebla is the 4th most populated city in Mexico so be cautious in agglomerate places by keeping your belongings secured at all times.
3# Negotiate Taxi Prices
Public buses can be confusing and crowded so taxis are a great option costing higher but negotiate the fare before entering the taxi, a normal procedure since taxis do not carry meters and if you do not get the fare you want you can always take a different one.
In the city of Puebla located southeast of Mexico City, considered one of the five most influential Spanish colonial cities of Mexico.
It is surrounded on its four sides by a beautiful valley of mountains and located only 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the famous Popocatepetl volcano, offering great views of its snow-topped peak.
Even though it has been active on and off for decades with the last eruption in 2016, locals do not worry about these incidents since evacuations have not been necessary.
Where To Stay
The variety of hotel accommodations in Puebla is immense including traditional, modern and chic styles.
The historic center is a great location close to the famous Zocalo, Cathedral, and the Cinco de Mayo celebrations. In addition, this great hotel selection offers visitors an array of options at every budget from four to five start hotels at competitive prices!
Therefore, it does not matter your standards and budget it is guarantee you will find what you desire in this charming city, so do not hesitate and book now to lock the best deals.
What To Eat
Mexican food is internationally known to be deliciously extensive and fortunately Puebla is the home of the most famous Mexican dish ‘mole poblano,’ made with an exotic sauce composed of chilies, ground nuts (almonds, pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds), and simmered with dark bittersweet chocolate, a dish so rich in flavors to spoil your palate.
Also, try the savory ‘chalupas,’ a fried corn tortilla with your choice of chicken or beef topped with sizzling salsa a local favorite.
The ‘rajas poblanas,’ a favorite among cheese lovers as this chili pepper is grilled with corn and topped with Oaxaca cheese, a must taste.
Plus, do not forget to drink the refreshing horchata and the array of natural juices including pineapple, watermelon, and many more flavors.
Surely, the intensive selection of Mexican food would keep you satisfied but do not leave without eating the Mexican chili candy spicy and bitter but delicious
How To Get There
International Flights To Puebla
The International Puebla airport (PBC) will be your best choice arriving by plane. For international flights, most connections are through the US, such as Houston airport or Dallas airport.
Also most of the flights also have an extra connection at Monterrey before arriving at Puebla.
More connecting airports to Puebla include Mexico City (MEX), and also Panama City (PTY) for international flights.
Domestic Flights To Puebla
Domestic flights depend from the area of arrival. From Mexico City almost all flights have a connection stop at Monterrey before arrival to Puebla. Usually the flights are 4-5 hours including the connection. From Cancun most flights are direct to Puebla and the flight duration is around 2 hours.
Driving from MEX airport to Puebla is about 2 hours via Mexico/Puebla 150D but it varies depending on the traffic and weather conditions of the day.
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From Puebla Airport there is no direct bus. It is advised to take a taxi, but negotiate the price before. The price range is 27-33 and the time duration to the city centre is around 30 minutes.
From MEX airport take the 4 Poniente bus nonstop to Puebla for about 2 hours.
Transportation In Puebla
once in Puebla there are public buses and taxis available, however, it is recommended to stay in the historic center as you will be able to walk to the most popular destinations and enjoy the majestic views of this colonial city.
The Battle of Puebla
In the battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862, Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin, led a small poorly equipped military of about few thousand men to fight the prestigious French army of several thousand soldiers send to Mexico by Napoleon III.
Zaragoza’s militia victory stopped the French invasion on the country, for this reason, this battle is celebrated as a glorious moment at a critical time of war, as it promoted a much needed national unity and patriotism.