From Huejotzingo, a small road leads to the town of San Andrés Calpan, which has a unique gem in the Ex-convent of San Andrés. The fabulous chapels of this convent are an excellent example of the architecture that was developed in New Spain in adaptation to indigenous customs. Another good reason to visit San Andrés is the Chile en Nogada Festival, held at the end of August.
Cuautinchán, 31 km from Puebla, was an ancient ceremonial center and pre-Hispanic town where the arts flourished. The tlacuilos captured the Toltec Chichimeca history in codices and maps, which has allowed us to reconstruct the main events that conditioned the Mesoamerican cultures. The Franciscans built the former convent of San Juan Bautista here, in whose atrium they continued to paint the tlacuilo. This austere convent has one of the jewels of Puebla's heritage: the magnificent altarpiece of the church's altar, the oldest in Mexico. In the atrium, there are some curiosities on display, such as the fossilized bones of a mammoth.
Just 21 km from Puebla is Huejotzingo, a small town where one of the best preserved Franciscan ex-convents (declared a World Heritage Site) is located, that of San Miguel Arcángel, with the interesting Museum of Evangelization.
San Martin Texmelucan
San Martín Texmelucan, to the northwest of the city of Puebla, is well known for the great textile market that on Tuesdays floods every corner of the city. However, there are many more attractions for tourists: the former hacienda of Polaxtla, with an interesting museum, or the former hacienda of Chautla, with large green areas around a lake presided by an English palace, where you can fish. A visit to the center of the town reveals the colonial ex-convent of Santa María Magdalena, with its beautiful Churrigueresque altarpiece.
San Salvador El Verde
To the north lie the municipalities Tlahuapan and San Matías Tlalancaleca, to the east Huejotzingo, to the south San Felipe Teotlalcingo, to the east San Martín Texmelucan, and to the west the state of Mexico and the Iztaccíhuatl volcano.
Tecali de Herrera
Perhaps the most famous photo of Tecali de Herrera is that of the temple of its Ex-convent in ruins. Challenging the inclemency of the weather rises the beautiful structure of its Renaissance temple with its perfect arches and columns. Opposite the ex-convent, there is a curiosity: an old corral of comedias still in use. But Tecali is especially known for the quality of its Onyx works.
Conquered by Hernán Cortés, Tepeaca became one of the most important cities of the Camino Real to Veracruz. Located 43 km from Puebla, people from all over the region came to to this commercial city for the Friday market, which was assembled in the main square around the Torre del Rollo, where justice was imparted. To one side of the great square is the ex-convent of San Francisco, an authentic fortress. On the other side, the Parish, where the chapel of the Santo Niño Doctor is located, an image that attracts pilgrimages to this place.
San Pedro Cholula
37 temples, a convent and a pyramid. Masks, bells and the ritual of Quetzalcoatl.
The pre-Hispanic Cholula was a great metropolis inhabited for thousands of years. Hernán Cortés thought upon seeing how many teocalis he could pray in a different temple every day of the year. On these indigenous shrines temples were built; and today San Pedro Cholula has 37 churches, which is surprising for a city of its size.
Enter the Great Pyramid through its tunnel system. Amazing.
San Andres Cholula
Talavera, indigenous art and modernity
If in Puebla the art of New Spain is shown in all its splendor, in San Andrés Cholula you can breathe deep pre-Hispanic air. The city was built on the foundations of a large indigenous city, but its apparent simplicity cannot disguise its soul as an artist.
Climb up to the Church of Los Remedios to contemplate the panoramic views of the Valley with the Three Volcanoes in the background.
City of Angels: color, devotion and heavenly flavors.
Puebla is one of the most cosmopolitan destinations in Mexico, combining the grandeur of a historical past with the modernity of a one-of-a-kind city.
Visit the International Baroque Museum and admire the modern combination of its exterior with the great history of each of its halls.