Known as the City of Angels, Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies 136 km (84 mi) southeast from Mexico City. The climate is mild with highs of 80º F from May to September with rainfall late in the day and highs of 70º F from October to April.

This city has some 5,000 colonial buildings, which are mostly baroque edifices built during the 16th century. The Cathedral is one of the most notable examples of this city’s beautiful architecture. At times, it seems as though the architectural designs of some of the convents, churches and squares came from heaven above. Not only is this city known for its splendid architecture, but it also offers excellent cuisine, which is a blend of pre-Hispanic, Arabic, French and Spanish influences. Among the world-famous dishes are chiles en nogada (stuffed poblano chili peppers bathed in walnut sauce), and mole poblano (a regional mole dish).

Here you’ll also find wonderful crafts, including Talavera pottery, el arbol de la vida (the tree of life) figurines, bark paper paintings and unique onyx and marble sculptures. You can find those items and much more at the traditional markets and beautiful plazas where artisans sell their products. Puebla, a city of gray hewn stone constructions, is Mexico’s fifth largest city. As you walk along the streets, you’ll see marvelous facades with lovely iron balconies.