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Puebla Cathedral (Catedral de Puebla) Tours and Activities

Puebla Cathedral (Catedral de Puebla)
The city of Puebla, 90 miles from Mexico City, is home to baroque and Spanish colonial–style buildings, including the historic Puebla Cathedral (Catedral de Puebla). Wander through its 14 chapels, admire the 16th century paintings, and marvel at the tallest twin bell tower in Mexico; it’s said angels lifted the three-ton bell in place.

Basics
Construction began on the Puebla Cathedral around 1535, although work wasn’t completed until the 17th century. As a result, this fixture of the Puebla skyline features a mishmash of architectural styles, including a baroque interior with an octagonal altar and Renaissance facades.

See the exterior from the top deck of a hop-on hop-off bus, or gain a deeper understanding of the cathedral’s history and architecture during a shared or private city tour. These tours typically include visits to other nearby attractions, such as the Biblioteca Palafoxiana, food tastings, or stops at Talavera tile factories, making them ideal for first-time visitors.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Puebla Cathedral is a must-visit for fans of architecture in the city of Puebla, designated a World Heritage City.
  • The cathedral hosts regular choral performances.
  • It’s free to enter the cathedral.
  • Puebla Cathedral may not be fully wheelchair or stroller accessible.

How to Get There
Puebla Cathedral is situated at the heart of Puebla’s historic downtown, next to the zocalo (central plaza). Excursions from Mexico City that stop at Puebla Cathedral typically include round-trip transportation, while most visitors based in Puebla easily reach the cathedral on foot.

When to Get There
Puebla Cathedral is open daily to the public, usually from early in the morning until the evening. Visit on Sunday to see the cathedral at its most vibrant, or stop by midweek for a quieter experience.

Churches in Puebla
The colonial city of Puebla—also known as Puebla de Los Ángeles—has such an abundance of churches that it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. After visiting the cathedral, make time for the gold-drenched Santo Domingo Temple, the San Ildefonso Chapel—now a cultural center—and the Ex Convent of Santa Monica, the supposed birthplace of the classic Pueblan dish, chiles en nogada.
Address: c 16 de Septiembre s/n, Centro Histórico, Puebla, Mexico
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Puebla World Heritage Site: pedestrian route

Puebla World Heritage Site: pedestrian route

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On this walk through the Historic Center of Puebla you will discover why it was named by the UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit the main buildings and temples of the downtown neighborhood, in addition to being able to buy typical handicrafts and sweets. Our certified guide will explain to you the stories and legends that have enriched our ancestors since their foundation. You will visit the Cathedral, the Gallery of the Treasures of the Cathedral, the Zócalo de Puebla, the Municipal Palace and if possible the Hall of Cabildo where the councilors make our city a better place to live; You will also visit the most impressive jewel of the continent, bathed in gold.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$47,70
From
US$47,70

City walking tour in Puebla (private tour)

City walking tour in Puebla (private tour)

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Benefit from traveling with your own private guide as you take in the architecture and history of Puebla. See highlights including the Puebla Cathedral and Rosary Chapel, and visit the handicraft market and the oldest bar in the city. Your half-day tour includes the ease of hotel pickup and drop-off, and the comfort of a private vehicle.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$33,70
Price varies by group size
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US$33,70
Price varies by group size
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Puebla City Walking Tour - Including a fun Crossword challenge

Puebla City Walking Tour - Including a fun Crossword challenge

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The Mexican city of Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage site, includes historic landmarks like the towers of the Puebla Cathedral and the gold-covered Rosary Chapel. This half-day tour visits these sites, plus the  antique shops of Callejon de los Sapos (Alley of the Frogs), Barrio del Artistas artists neighborhood, Mercado el Parian handicraft market, and the “Street of Candies,” where you can buy sweets from the nuns of Puebla’s convents.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$48,72
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US$48,72

Panoramic City Tour of Puebla by Double Decker Bus

Panoramic City Tour of Puebla by Double Decker Bus

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Take in the sights of Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on this budget-friendly 1-hour tour aboard a double-decker bus. Located at the base of Popocatepetl volcano, Puebla is home to many religious buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries. Pass by the Zocalo, Cathedral, Convention Center, Los Sapos Alley, Parian flea market, Analco, Loreto and Guadalupe forts, Revolution museum and more. Along the way, hear audio commentary and stop to take memorable shots of beautiful colonial architecture.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$8,21
From
US$8,21

Puebla y Cholula experience (2 days private tour)

Puebla y Cholula experience (2 days private tour)

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Two cities that keep the fundamental history of Mexico, full of memories and culture. Beginning in the city of Puebla, as first Spanish city of the sixteenth century, which in its streets, architecture and gastronomy it shows the crossbreeding of two cultures. In our tour, we show more attractions. Full of magic and history that covers from the beginning of the planning of a city perfect made by the Angels to the modernity of a declared city cultural heritage since 1987, which fill any visitor with emotion. Our second point is the ancient city of Cholula, dazzling us with the history of our ancestors, an olmec group xicalanca, who made the base piramidal largest in the world. This cultured and settled population in the famous the sacred city, the known part of the amount of Altars, today under one Evangelization turned architecture through the churches Cholula as the oldest living town in America still with culture that lasts through its traditions and customs.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$137,30
Price varies by group size
From
US$137,30
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Private Tour Through Puebla's History

Private Tour Through Puebla's History

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Highlights: - Walk down the well-known city center and hear the history of the city - Visit the largest and traditional market and try delicious food - View a variety of art spread Artist's Neighborhood - Enjoy a fully guided tour from beginning to end What to expect: The two-hour tour takes you from the center of Puebla to the neighborhood's booming places, where architecture, history and tradition are mixed in one place. Showing you the local side of the town, you'll see the best hot spots; learn the history of the city, hear about the talavera art. During the tour, we will stop at the most interesting places to see the beautiful architecture and historical buildings and hear the story behind them. As the benefit of walking around the city center, we will talk about elegant colonial buildings, know why the city is called the city of the angels, show you the best design studios, restaurants, cafes so you can enjoy your stay in Puebla.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$45,00
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US$45,00
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Street food tour

Street food tour

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Get to know the city of Puebla with a local guide. Visit the most representative places in the historic center and enjoy delicious food.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$85,00
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US$85,00

Tour of canteens

Tour of canteens "7 pekados capitals"

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Includes 6 drinks, (one in each canteen per person). We invite you to sin in the city of churches, where each drink represents each of the 7 capital sins.- ANGER, GLORY, LUST, GREED, SLOTH, ENVY AND PRIDE. Travel through Puebla and take a tour of one of the most traditional cantinas, tasting their representative drinks, a snack and an explanation of each place. Apart from knowing the attractions of the historic center in a more relaxed and fun way.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$99,22
Price varies by group size
From
US$99,22
Price varies by group size

Tour of the Historic Center of Puebla (pedestrian)

Tour of the Historic Center of Puebla (pedestrian)

If you are looking for a unique exploration of this beautiful and unusual city, this tour is for you. Enjoy some of the main monuments and architectural wonders of Puebla. Let us immerse you in the beauty of Puebla and the whirlwind of anecdotes, history and legends that surround the city!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$41,03
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US$41,03

Magic Christmas Tour in Puebla

Magic Christmas Tour in Puebla

How is Christmas celebrated in the Center of Mexico? Discover a wide variety of Mexican traditions and customs, which include a wide range of seasonal cuisine. The Christmas special times brings magic to Puebla. Together with the professional local guide, you will visit the most beautifully decorated places. You will feel spellbound with the charming atmosphere in the streets which you can feel only this time of the year! The visit of sights and craft markets are essential in this tour; There you will find all kinds of Christmas decorations, foods, artisan products, and souvenirs.
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  • 2 hours
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US$614,36
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US$614,36

Walking tour of the city of Puebla

Walking tour of the city of Puebla

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Enjoy an excellent tour of the city of Puebla, know its history and some legends told by our local guides, enjoy a tasting of the most typical sweets in the city, this and much more on our tour.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$30,00
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US$30,00

Puebla and Cholula (1 day experience private tour)

Puebla and Cholula (1 day experience private tour)

The splendor of its elegant colonial buildings, its streets and its flavors that honor its nickname "Of the angels". A city with beautiful talavera-covered facades is an authentic and unique place. Puebla is a charm; it is the perfect mix between history, tradition, culture, natural beauty and modernity, with touches of art and buildings full of colors. Puebla, city cultural heritage of humanity where architecture, history and tradition are mixed in one place, we will begin discovering this city of the sixteenth century to later have a panoramic view of the forts of May 5. The city keeps secrets underground, in this tour you can also visit the tunnel of Xanenetla which keeps history in each of its walls
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$83,08
Price varies by group size
From
US$83,08
Price varies by group size
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