Puebla is a great walking town, especially in the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There is a course outside Cholula and several near Puebla.
Chiles en nogada (meat, nuts and fruit-stuffed chiles with walnut sauce and pomegranate seeds); famous mole Poblano; camotes (sweet potato candy); cemitas (sandwiches/rolls)
One of Mexico's largest cities, Puebla offers art galleries as well as museums with colonial and modern art.
Lots of options for nightlife and partying, especially along Calle Juárez.
Plenty of major supermarkets as well as Costco and other stores.
Puebla has the country's largest number of museums after Mexico City
Ruins in the vicinity include those of Cholula, Cacaxtla, Teotihuacan, and Mexico City.
Museums, walking and bus tours, and plenty of things to do in and around Puebla keep visitors busy.
Some of the large hotels have courts for visitors as well as their guests.
Talavera tiles, place settings, and other decorative and utilitarian ceramicware
Puebla has large shopping centers as well as many handcrafts shops.
Multiple multiplexes offer plenty of English-language movies.
Puebla's professional soccer team plays at Cuauhtemoc Stadium, and the University of Puebla and Universidad de las Americas, in nearby Cholula, have many sports teams.
Not exactly desert, but a dry climate
Puebla sits in a high valley surrounded by mountains, including famous Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl peaks.
Doesn't get any more colonial than this; there are many dozens of lovely colonial churches, houses, and other buildings throughout the old town., although the huge city sprawls well beyond the original footprint.
Outside the city, of course
Like other mountain cities, Puebla has a dry climate and a pleasant rainy season July through September.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, downtown Puebla is has unique and lovely building facades and many charming restaurants. There are many special small towns to visit outside Puebla.
Zillions of Uni students to meet, including lots of English-speakers at Universidad de las Americas, in Puebla
Warm days, cool nights are the norm.
Lovely summer rains most often refresh rather than ruin plans.
Puebla's Hermanos Serdán International Airport is located just north of the city.
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