Puebla City of Angels—February 24, 25, 26, 27, $495 per person
Either add this on to your Oaxaca art workshop adventure or meet us in Puebla! If you are adding on, you will travel by First Class Bus from Oaxaca to Puebla, Mexico, home of Talavera tile, the Mexican Revolution, and Mole Poblano. Your three-night stay includes lodging in a lovely hotel, guided visits to Talavera studios, extraordinary museums, Cholula archeological site and the incredible Sunday antique/flea market, plus more.
Puebla is Mexico’s fifth largest city–cosmopolitan without being overwhelming. It is relaxed, accessible, and easily experienced in a few days. Known as the ‘City of the Angels’” or Angelopolis, Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was founded in 1531 as a purely colonial Spanish city built from the ground up—not on top of an existing indigenous site as the trade crossroads between the port of Veracruz and Mexico City. More than 5,000 of the Baroque-designed buildings date mostly from the 16th century and covered in extraordinary Talavera tile.
Puebla is also about shopping! The highlight is the Talavera pottery and Mari knows the best stores. But there are many other local crafts: Tree of Life clay figures, bark paper paintings, and unique onyx and marble sculptures. You can find these and much more at the traditional markets, the stalls that line Puebla’s beautiful plazas, and at the Sunday flea and antique market.
Puebla is known throughout Mexico for its excellent cuisine, a blend of pre-Hispanic, Arabic, French and Spanish influences. There are many good restaurants at very affordable prices, and we’ll be visiting them!
We’ll also go to Cholula, an indigenous village just outside Puebla with the world’s widest ancient pyramid Quetzalcoatl. The Spanish built the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Remidios with its amazing 24-carat gold basilica atop the pyramid. On a clear day you can see snow-capped Popocatepetl, an active volcano, showing off his powerful plume.
Our stops will include:
- Antique market & Barrio del Artista
- Museo Amparo
- Talavera galleries and shops
- Tonantzintla’ Templo de Santa Maria
- Templo San Francisco in Acatepec
- La Purificadora Hotel, an architectural wonder, designed by Ricardo and Victor Legorreta
Transportation to Puebla: Puebla is a convenient stop-over on your way back to the U.S. We will take a first class bus from Oaxaca to Puebla (4-hour trip) on the afternoon of February 24. On Monday, February 27, we will bus in the early morning from Puebla on first class bus (complete with Wi-Fi) directly to the international terminal at Mexico City’s Benito Juarez Airport (2-hour trip). Be sure to reserve your return air travel from Mexico City to the U.S. with departure time no earlier than late morning (11 a.m. or later). Bus tickets will be at your own expense and can be purchased near the Zocalo in Oaxaca city.
Includes lodging and guided visits. Meals, transportation to Puebla and to local sites, and entrance fees are at your own expense.
There will be a few slots reserved for travelers who only want to participate in the Puebla trip. Contact Norma if this interests you!