We arrived in Puebla around 2:30 on Sunday afternoon. Our flight from Charlotte to Mexico City was smooth and uneventful (except for one screaming child, but who am I to complain?). As soon as we arrived at the airport, we quickly purchased two luxury tickets to Puebla on the Estrella Roja bus line. Each ticket was $16 USD and included a snack, beverage, reclining seat and free Wifi. Not too shabby!
We Ubered to our hotel from the bus station which cost us a whopping $2.78!
We are staying at the beautiful Boutique Casareyna Hotel Puebla. It is known mostly for its great restaurant, but also has around 30 rooms available for guests. Our room is located in a separate building on the third floor. It is gorgeous! We have tons of room, luxury amenities and gorgeous Talavera pottery decorations and bathroom fixtures. The grounds are beautifully manicured and the staff is very welcoming. The main house features several courtyards, the restaurant, a pool and spa, a gym and a rooftop walking track that overlooks the historic center of Puebla. As a small plus, you can also look at the volcanos in the background during your morning laps around the track!
We hit the ground almost immediately and ventured toward the Zocalo. This is where all the action occurs. It’s about a ten minute walk from our hotel. Once there, we stumbled around to get our bearings. Then, we found a local sandwich shop on the plaza and sat down to eat. It was a great, cheap meal, but it was far from relaxing. Street vendors and musicians were at our table nearly constantly. It was hard to have a conversation, but we were enjoying the culture and were starving so we didn’t mind the chaotic environment. Kevin ordered a cemita Cubana while I ordered a cemita Poblana. Cemitas are huge sandwiches on sesame seed bread with loads of string cheese, avocado and either meats (the Cubana) or veggies (the Poblana). They are a speciality here in Puebla so we HAD to try them. Our meal came with soap Azteca (tortilla soup), salad and dessert (jello). I enjoyed my Modelo while Kevin enjoyed his first agua de Jamaica (hibiscus water).
After dinner we visited the Capilla del Rosario, an ornate chapel in the baroque style. It was an overwhelmingly detailed chapel, yet was calm and peaceful as we wandered through its various doorways. We then took a quick stroll down the Calle de los Dulces (street of the candy). Puebla is also known for its candies, especially its camotes which are sweet potato candies. The best thing I can compare them to is fudge, but without the chocolate flavors! We didn’t buy anything, but it sure was fun looking into each shop. There must be 30 different shops all selling the same thing on the tiny little street.