San Pedro Cholula, home of the largest ancient pyramid by volume in the world

A Day Trip from Puebla

Just on the outskirts of Puebla, it’s a 25-minute taxi drive to visit the colonial city built on top of ancient archeological ruins. It’s a colorful and well-kept town that you can walk with plenty of shopping and restaurants to choose from. There are also many tour buses that leave from Central Zocalo Park in Puebla on a regular basis.

Main Archaeological Site

Cholula is the town of hidden treasures and wonders! With two volcanoes guarding ancient pyramids, and a church crowning one, it’s a place of architectural surprises. Cholula claims it as the largest pyramid by volume known to exist in the world.
And remember the mystery of 365 churches, each day with a divine touch. Cholula is an enchanting blend of history and modern charm, where every step is a delightful adventure!

Take the exhilarating self-propelled Turibike that is a party on wheels

I recommend visiting Cholula if you like…

  • Archaeology
  • Sightseeing
  • Shopping for Artisan Souvenirs
  • Walking
  • History
  • Traditional or international dining
Taste and buy local tequila


Cholula, Mexico, boasts a charming shopping scene with a blend of modern stores and traditional markets. Visitors can explore the vibrant streets to discover artisanal crafts, colorful textiles, and local goods while immersing themselves in the town’s rich cultural heritage.

Best Souvenirs
Talavera Pottery,  Obsidian Artifacts, and Local traditional Sweets

Cholula is a 25 minute ride on the outskirts of Puebla
Spanish colonials built this church on top of the ancient ruins

Dining and Cuisine

Dang! Noodle Bar

There’s a wide variety of restaurants that cater to the many tourists that visit Cholula.

Cholula is a small town with a variety of bars and restaurants that cater to day-trip visitors from all over the world

Chiles en Nogada – Regional symbolic and traditional dish.

Regional Dish

  • Chiles en Nogada: A patriotic dish, featuring roasted poblano peppers filled with a mixture of ground meat, fruits, and spices, topped with a creamy walnut sauce, and garnished with pomegranate seeds.
  • Mole Poblano: A complex and rich sauce made from chilies, spices, and chocolate, served over chicken or turkey and accompanied by rice and tortillas.
If you’re in the mood for an upscale meal try CIUDAD SAGRADA

Popular Regional Tacos

  • Tacos Arabes: A unique blend of Middle Eastern and Mexican flavors, featuring marinated and spit-roasted pork or beef, served in pita-like flatbread with garlic sauce and salsa.
  • Tacos de Cabeza: Slow-cooked and seasoned beef head meat, usually served with onion, cilantro, and lime.
  • Tacos de Cecina: Thinly sliced and seasoned beef or pork, grilled and served with avocado, salsa, and fresh cheese.

The Best Things to Do in Cholula

Many things you can do on your own but there are some activities, I suggest a tour. I haven’t been on a bad tour yet. And they really know how to do it here in Mexico. They take all the stress of planning out of it so you can focus right on what you want to see.

Take the exhilarating self-propelled Turibike that is a party on wheels. you can find this fun drinking ride at the entrance to the Archaeology site.
Taste and buy local tequila. You can find a number of tasting rooms along the main tourist-walking streets.
Take the Turibus around Cholula and see some of the 365 churches in Puebla. You can hop on this tour bus from the main plaza. Just look for the ticket kiosk.

Where to Stay – Accommodations

There are all kinds of options and price points available. I didn’t stay overnight in Cholula but there are plenty of options to choose from.

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Click on the links below to go directly to Cholula.

If you’re on foot like me, you want to be as close to the center as possible. I recommend staying in the yellow zone shown on Google Maps.