We will drive to the World Heritage Site of Puebla, located 130km southeast of Mexico City. On the way we will stop in Tonantzintla, where we will visit its exuberant church. Under its dome, the surface is covered with colourful stucco saints, devils, flowers, fruits, birds and more – a great example of indigenous artisanship applied to Christian themes.
We continue to Cholula, where we will visit the Great Pyramid of Cholula, its remains measuring 450m along each side of the base and 65m high, making it larger in volume than Egypt’s pyramid of Cheops. Now overgrown and topped by a church, it is difficult to recognise this once magnificent pyramid.
We arrive in Puebla in time for lunch (not included). Mexico’s national dish, the ‘mole poblano’, originated here! We will explore the colonial centre, lined with churches and colonial mansions, many adorned with the beautiful hand-painted Talavera tiles (azulejos) for which Puebla is famous. The historic centre of Puebla is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The city was built in 1531 at the foot of the Popocatepetl volcano and it has preserved its great religious structures including the 16th/17th century cathedral and many fine buildings including the old archbishop's palace.