Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Return to Puebla Part II - Cholula

Monday, our last day in Puebla, we headed over to Cholula to meet up with John O'Leary, a photographer friend of a friend, and to check out the sites we missed in 2003. On the way to Cholula, our bus paralleled the just-opened Metrobus line (Bus Rapid Transit); we checked out Temple de San Francisco Actepec, and then walked 1 km to Iglesia Santa Maria Tonantzintla, both great examples of Mexican Baroque architecture.

It was a cloudy day on our 2003 visit to the Great Pyramid of Cholula so we did not see Volcano Popocatépet (17,880 ft)that supposedly "looms" over the town. So we were disappointed that again it was too cloudy to see Popo.

After wandering around Cholula looking for vegetarian restaurants that turned out to be closed, moved, or non-existent, we finally found Koatlikue Pachamama, on the road to Universidad de las Américas and had a tasty late lunch.

The very Moorish Cappila Real re-opened it's doors at 5:00PM, just in time for us to visit before we met with John for some conversation and a tour of the art in Hotel Real de Naturales Cholollan.

We caught a collectivo back to Puebla and ended the day with another feast at La Zanahoria.

Puelba and Cholula made our heads spin and we will surely return again.


The Metrobus.
Metrobus BRT - Puebla, Mexico

Iglesia de San Francisco Acatepec - Acatepec, Puebla, Mexico.
Iglesia de San Francisco Acatepec - Acatepec, Puebla, Mexico

Templo de San Francisco Actepec - Actepec, Mexico

Iglesia de San Francisco Acatepec - Acatepec, Puebla, Mexico

Iglesia Santa Maria Tonantzintla - Cholula, Mexico.
Iglesia Santa Maria Tonantzintla - Cholula, Mexico

The Great Pyramid of Cholula with Church of Our Lady of Remedies at the top.
The Great Pyramid of Cholula with Church of Our Lady of Remedies (at  top) - Cholula, Mexico

Top favs in Cholula.
Who's Number One? - Cholula, Mexico

Koatlikue Pachamama Vegetarian Restaurant - Cholula, Mexico.
Koatlikue Pachamama Vegetarian Restaurant - Cholula, Mexico

San Gabriel Church and Monastery - Cholula, Mexico.
San Gabriel Church and Monastery - Cholula, Mexico

Capilla Real with Moorish influences.
Capilla Real - Cholula, Mexico

Final meal at La Zanahoria.
La Zanahoria - Puebla, Mexico

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