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Key to the City

​Explore the Coolest, Tastiest, Most Fascinating Corners of Central Mexico

Key to the City BY katie nave freeman 05/10/2019

 

Liz Clark, the founder of the adventure-ready accessory line Nipomo, has been traveling to Mexico since she was a kid growing up in San Diego. These days, she spends the most time in the country’s central region, where she visits the weavers she works within a town outside of Tlaxcala and (of course!) takes in all the sights, sounds, and flavors the area has to offer. Seven of her favorite excursions below.

 

Do Things

 

HOP AROUND

Puebla City, Tlaxcala, Cholula, and Mexico City are all relatively short distances between one another via bus or car. There is so much to see and do in the region, so be ready to spend at least a few days in each. Bring comfortable shoes for walking and check the weather! I visited in June last year during the rainy season and got soaked in a few unexpected rainstorms.”

 

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CLIMB A PYRAMID

“The colorful town of Cholula is definitely worth a visit. The Great Pyramid of Cholula is the largest known pyramid in the world! By the time the Spanish arrived, it was so overgrown (or some speculate that it was buried on purpose to protect it) that it looked like a large hill. Instead of destroying it, the Spanish built their church on top of it. There is a stunning view once you reach the top.”

 

HIT THE MARKET

"Callejon de los Sapos in Puebla has a fun Sunday street fair with all sorts of artisan and flea market style vendors. Visit any other day, and there are still plenty of cute shops to check out. If you're looking for a more tourist-friendly experience, head to nearby Uriarte Talavera for high-quality painted pottery (called talavera). It's what the region is known for."

 

 

Eat and Drink

 

GET IN ON TORTILLA TIME

“The weavers we work with near Tlaxcala raise their own turkeys and chickens, and grow their own corn. Fresh tortillas are made daily around town, and, if it's your lucky day, you'll be invited to try fresh bread from a wood-fired oven.”

 

GRAB A PALETA

“I love the fresh fruit and the paletas (ice pops) you can find in Central Mexico. You’ll see stands everywhere as you’re walking around. On a related note, hit up a local outdoor market, and there will definitely be some tasty taco stands as well as every vibrant fresh fruit imaginable.”

 

MAKE THE MOST OF THE MOLÉ

“Puebla is known for its molé poblano. The restaurant El Mural de los Poblanos in Puebla is absolutely delicious, and I usually go there at least one night of each trip. It has a gorgeous mural painted in the courtyard.”

 

PAUSE FOR PULQUE

“The bars are abundant! I like Café Rentoy in Puebla, right outside El Mural de los Poblanos. Pulque is a drink common to the region that’s made from fermenting the sap of the agave plants. It is not very shelf-stable and continues to ferment, so it can typically only be found in this region. It's a very different from what you normally taste in other agave drinks like tequila and mezcal. Give it a try!”

 

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