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Kid-friendly Puebla

Destination(s): Puebla

Puebla is well known for its churches, its amazing Colonial architecture, its local food and the beautiful volcanos view. Normally this would sound like a great trip for adults, but the truth is that there are some fun places where kids can enjoy themselves and learn at the same time.
So, if you have a weekend, I invite you to come to Puebla and enjoy a fun three days trip with your kids along. read more about Kid-friendly Puebla

Zocalo

Zocalo

  • 16 de Septiembre at Av. Juan de Palafox y Mendoza
  • Puebla, 72000

This is Puebla's heart. Here you can enjoy the marimba music, sit by a tree and just watch people walk by. There are plenty of sculptures to admire here, so just walk up and down, and I guarantee you a great time!
The Zocalo is in front of the Cathedral, so there's no way you'll miss it.
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Africam Safari

Africam Safari

  • Km 16.5 Blvd. Cap. Carlos Camacho
  • tel:01 222 281 7000
  • Visit website
  • Puebla

Africam Safri is the perfect place for people looking for adventure. Here you'll see more than 2500 animals from all over the world roaming free in habitats that encourages development. This park was created in 1972 by Captain Carlos Camacho Espiritu, a well known pro-enviroment benefactor, with the purpose of educate people about the protection of endangered animals.
In Africam Safari you will drive among giraffes, zebras, elephants, lions, deers, tigers, ostriches, bears and many others along for different sections designed to resemble their natural habitats. In here you won't see animals trapped in cages, you'll be the one confined to your car.
After the vehicular safari, theres a zoo with many activities like pony rides, a butterfly sanctuary, a cave full of bats and much more animals. It's impossible to depict here the amazing experience that Africam Safari is. Whether you're a kid or not, this is a once in a life experience.
All along the safari you'll also be able to admire the amazing volcanoes that surround Puebla. The Popocatépetl and the Iztaccihuatl are always there, unless is really cloudy. The Malinche can be seen from there to, but if you're really lucky and you visit the park on a really clear day, you'll see the tallest volcano in Mexico, the Citlaltépetl.
Africam Safari is about 11 miles (17 kilometers) from Puebla. If you don't have a car, there are many bus rides from many places all over Puebla.
Ask at your hotel or send an email to the park asking about the many rides they have to Africam Safari on the day you wanto to go. This is a whole day activity, but believe me, you won't regret it!
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Capilla del Rosario

Capilla del Rosario

  • 5 de Mayo 409
  • Puebla, 72000

Santo Domingo church houses the impressive Capilla del Rosario (Rosary Chapel). Built in 1690, the chapel is an unique example of Mexican Baroque style. Its strong ornamentation in gilded stucco and onyx stonework has amazed visitors from all over the world for centuries.
On the vault one can see the three theological virtues, according to the Catholic Church, framed by foliage. On the copula, the Grace is accompanied by the Holy Ghost and 16 saints of the Dominican Order. José Rodríguez Carnero painted the six large canvas on the wall allusive to the Virgin Mary. Many other figures, vegetation, flowers and cherubs can be found all over the golden stucco.
This magnificent church was considered the "Eight Wonder of the World" when finished. It's an superb spectacle you can't miss. read more about Capilla del Rosario

Fuerte de Loreto

Fuerte de Loreto

  • Centro Cívico 5 de Mayo, Calzada de los Fuertes
  • Puebla, 72260

The Loreto Fort is a famous fort that along the Guadalupe Fort defended the city from the French Army on the famous "Cinco de Mayo" Battle on May 5, 1862 - called the Puebla Battle.
Originally these forts were temples dedicated to the Virgin of Loreto (this one), and the Virgin of Guadalupe (the other one), but in 1816, during the Revolution were fortify to resist the Insurgents forces. While the Guadalupe Fort is almost a ruin -because it's older-, this one stands as a reminder of the threatens the city has survived.
Nowadays, in the fort you can admire the War Museum. In it there are many documents, paintings , uniforms, and other objects that narrate the history of the French Intervention and the Puebla Battle. An old and beautiful chapel on one side of the building is the only remainder of this being a religious site originally, and in it is an exposition of many flags and important figures of Latin America and México. read more about Fuerte de Loreto

Casa Hermanos Serdan

Casa Hermanos Serdan

  • 6 Oriente 206
  • tel:(222) 242 10 76
  • Puebla, 72000

In this museum you'll get the know the motives and how the Revolution was fought. Some documents, furniture, paintings and photographs of the time stand in this historic building as witness of history.
This building used to be the Serdan Alatriste family house. Manuel Serdan and his wife Carmen Alatriste bought it and left it to their kids Aquiles, Carmen and Maximo. All three of them enlisted when the Revolution began. By 1910 Aquiles was the president of the Revolutionary Movement in Puebla and one of the driving forces of the movement in the Country. On november 18th 1910, while the siblings were sleeping, the government forces broke into the house and after a long battle, the two brothers Aquiles and Maximo were killed. Carmen and her mother, who was in the house as well were imprison. The Serdan Siblings, specially Aquiles, are among the most important figures in Puebla's History and celebrated nationwide. The museum was open exactly 50 years after the shooting. read more about Casa Hermanos Serdan

El Parian

El Parian

  • 6 Norte, between 2 and 4 Oriente
  • Puebla, 72400

El Parian is the famous craft market established in 1801  in downtown Puebla.
It was originally intended to be a food market for the Conlonial residences, but eventually other markets closer to the Zocalo became more important and the governement decided to turn El Parian into a craft market.
It's a great place to buy Talavera, Onyx and typical mexican toys and candies. If you don't want to buy anything, this is still a great place to admire mexican creativity and crafts history.
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Fuerte de Guadalupe

Fuerte de Guadalupe

  • Centro Cívico 5 de Mayo, Calzada de los Fuertes
  • Puebla, 72260

The Guadalupe Fort is a famous fort that, along the Loreto Fort, defended the city from the French Army on the famous "Cinco de Mayo" Battle on May 5, 1862 - called the Puebla Battle.
Originally these forts were temples dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe (this one), and the Virgin of Loreto (the other one), but in 1816, during the Revolution, they were fortify to resist the Insurgents forces. While the Loreto Fort stands as a reminder of the threatens the city has survived, this one is almost a ruin because it's older and not as resistant.
This is the actual place where the "Cinco de Mayo" Battle took place, and though both forts are celebrated because of the winning, this is the one that really defended the city. read more about Fuerte de Guadalupe

Museo Universitario Casa de los Muñecos

Museo Universitario Casa de los Muñecos


This beautiful building is unique in the city because of the figures in the facade that give it its name "La Casa de los Muñecos" (The house of dolls). It was built in the XVIII century by the Count of Castelo, the heir of one of the conquerers what would later be the city of Puebla.
In 1984, the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (BUAP) bought the house and spent three years rebuilding it and rescuing the ornaments in it in order to open a museum. But in 1999, due to an earthquake that damaged many historic buildings on the city, the museum had to be restored again.
Nowadays this is the main art and science museum of the university, and has a large heritage of colonial, religious and modern art, as well as a many scientific objects.
The restaurant of the museum serves delicious Mexican and Poblana food. read more about Museo Universitario Casa de los Muñecos

Museo Nacional del Ferrocarril

Museo Nacional del Ferrocarril

  • 11 Norte 1005
  • Calle 11 Norte and Calle 12 Poniente
  • tel:222/232-4988
  • Puebla, 72000

This museum was created to rescue and spread the railroad history, evolution and historic importance in Mexico. There are at least 60 units of various classes and periods. 5 steam engines, one electric engine and many cars. Among those you'll find a sleeping car, two presidential cars, four regular passenger cars and more.
The cars and engines are placed along the original tracks of the city. The museum is a reconstruction of the railroad station, that closed in 1974. read more about Museo Nacional del Ferrocarril