Cholula is a city and district located in Puebla, central Mexico
It is the second largest city after Tenochtitlan
Cholula attracts visitors from its archaeology park that becomes home to Mexico's largest Pyramid, namely Pyramide Tepanapa
Furthermore, Cultural destinations that are popular here such as Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies and San Francisco Acatepec
The stunning neoclassic architecture can be found at the Church of Santa María Tonantzintla, San Gabriel Franciscan Convent, and Parish of San Pedro Cholula
The Great Pyramid is the right option for when you first stepping into this city. This is the world's largest pre-Hispanic construction with a base of 40 acres and a height of 214 feet. The pyramid has its own myth related to a giant named Xelhua. Not only strolling around this archaeological zone, but you can also visit the Pyramid museum there. The museum features items of stone and shell as well as murals of the pyramid. Interestingly, the Quetzalcoatl ritual is performed on the pyramid along with dance, pre-Hispanic instrument and fireworks.
Start your tour in Cholula by exploring the town square in the downtown. The attraction in the city center is dominated by churches with great neoclassic architecture. Head to Parish of San Pedro Cholula to experience 17th century building with a mix of Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Also explore the house of the eagle knight, Capilla de Naturales or known as San Gabriel Franciscan Convent. This Gothic church was established in 1529 with a large atrium.
Once you go to Cholula, do not forget to buy souvenirs and gifts for your relatives at home. Cholula has many gift shops selling Mexican handcrafted stuff like La Monarca. This shop offers numerous great Mexican art designs like jewelry, furniture, and textiles. You will also find good silver jewelry and fashion handbags from Mexican designers. Another option is Souvenirs y Recuerdos Mexicanos Con Estilo Moderno. Do not forget to buy antique stuff like Talavera pottery.
Cholula has great typical food and drinks that you should enjoy. Those are Sopa cholulteca (local soup), Cueclas, Oejas de elefante (rortilla with beans, sauce, and cheese). For the drink, you must try Cacao and Sidra Copa de Oro to complete the food.
As the second largest city in Mexico, Cholula has is rooted to its culture. It could be seen from many sacred religious festivals that hold annually like e feast of the Virgin of the Remedies, Bajada de la Virgen, The Quetzalcóatl Ritual and many more. In terms of language, Spanish is used as the official language.
March to June is the perfect time for having a trip to Cholula. You can explore the overall city in a warm season at that period of time. But, if you are craving to enjoy the city's festivals, you may go from September to December.
When it comes to accommodation, Cholula provides numerous kinds of hotel ranging from luxury to budget hotel. If you want to experience an amazing night stay, book a room at Estrella de Belem. This hotel is a 19th-century mansion located in central of Cholula. It completed with rooftop terrace, hot hub, and a small pool. For a budget stay head to Hotel Boutique Xelhu to get a spectacular panoramic view of the Great Pyramid of Cholula. This charming hotel has a colonial architecture that unfortunate to skip.
You won't get confused to choose places to eat in Cholula because it easy to find Local food restaurants. Head to Ciudad Sagrada, a fancy restaurant serving Mexican cuisines. This is considered as the most beautiful restaurant in Cholula because of its wonderful food that prepared in a very creative modern Mexican style. If you bring children, the garden area is the best option to enjoy eating. La Casa de Frida Restaurant is where you can also enjoy Mexican dishes yet in a picturesque place. Sets in a colourful environment with leafy outdoor sitting, this restaurant also offers Cholula brewed beers.
Try the best artisan coffee in Cholula by visiting Bartolla Cafe. If you are craving a gorgeous creamy latte, this cafe is the right choice for you. It also offers spectacular menus for lunch and breakfast. It offers a comfortable vibe since its wall is decorated by interesting artwork. Another great cafe is Cafe Tal Cholula that located in downtown. Besides their good coffee, you can also taste some Mexican snacks here. This cafe also offers live music performance at night.
Enjoy your nightlife experience at Bar Reforma. This authentic bar is the oldest drinking spot in Cholula. With Greek music on the background, you will really enjoy chilling out here. For wine lovers, this bar has plenty of selection of Sangria wine. Another great bar is Jazzatlan club de jazz & brewpub that situated in the central of Cholula. While you are enjoying the drink you can also see Jazz performance by local musicians.
Regional Museum of Cholula should be included in your destination list. This museum consists of the excellent pre-Colombian collection, Mexican folk art, sacred art which housed on the beautiful grounds. Moreover, you may have unforgettable experience to stroll around Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, a Roman Catholic church. This small church is worth visiting since it offers a fantastic view from all the sides.
Cholula offers dozens of stunning spots to get captured. Most of them are churches. Church of Santa María Tonantzintla, a church that has great indigenous Baroque decoration. Capture both the amazing exterior and interior design of this 17th century building. Do not forget San Francisco Acatepec, a colonial religious building with amazing Mexican baroque architecture. It is best known for its Talavera mosaics combined with red brick.