Puebla, Mexico Travel
🗣 Mexico Language
Spanish — Though you’ll hear indigenous languages in some places
💰 Mexico Currency
Mexican Peso — Exchange rates vary, but hover around $18 pesos to $1USD
📍 Top Things to Do in Puebla
Puebla City, Cholula, Great Pyramid of Cholula, Atlixo, Callejon de los Sapos
📍 Mexico State Off the Beaten Path
San Francisco Acatepec, Ex-Hacienda de Chautla, Cuetzalan, Zacatlan
Puebla State is located just south of Mexico City (AKA CDMX). Slightly off the beaten path for travelers, many stay in the city, and then do a Mexico City day trip into Puebla, and other neighboring Central Mexico states.
Besides Cholula, Puebla has other beautiful pueblos magicos that so few travel to — though Puebla is a safe state, and venturing off the beaten path is very safe. These include Atlixco, Cuetzalan and Zacatlan.
Puebla travel FAQ
Is Puebla State safe for travel?
According to experts, you are statistically quite safe while visiting Mexico; but here is a rundown on Puebla State safety.
Puebla is among the safest states in Mexico, for both on and off the beaten path travel. Whether you’re headed to the two most visited cities in the state, Puebla City and Cholula, or checking out some hidden gems, like Atlixco, Cuetzalan and Zacatla, you should feel very safe in Puebla.
For Mexico City safety, if you stick to these best neighborhoods in Mexico City, and avoid ones like Tepito and Doctores, you should be very safe in Mexico City.
Check out these podcast episodes with solo female travel tips, and tips on how to stay safe during Mexico solo travel.
• Ep. 25 | Leigh talks traveling solo to Mexico City
Is Mexico safe for solo female travel?
As this question doesn’t have a yes/no answer (I wish it did!), I do my best to answer it in depth in this blog, Safe Travel in Mexico: 20 Tips for Solo Female Travelers. However, for the most part, Mexico is actually statistically quite safe for travelers.
Mexico is a big country, and it has plenty of amazing solo female travel destinations — from the beautiful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula and culturally-rich Southern Mexico, to the charming colonial cities in Central Mexico and laid-back Baja California — there’s a perfect place for every solo traveler in Mexico.
Top 20 Solo Female Travel Destinations: Head to this article to discover the 20 best places for solo travel in Mexico, recommended by solo female travelers who have actually visited them.
🎧 Click the links below to listen to podcast episodes with solo female travel tips.
What's the best time to visit Puebla State?
Weather-wise, Puebla, and all of Central Mexico, has what is known as the “eternal spring” climate, meaning it’s never super hot or super cold.
As a general rule, the nicest time to visit Mexico State is from October to March. The rainy season is from April to September, and it can rain quite a bit.
Cinco de Mayo in Puebla: Though a popular U.S. holiday, Cinco de Mayo isn’t really celebrated in Mexico — except in Puebla. This state has historic ties to Cinco de Mayo, as it is where the Mexican Army claimed victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.
During the Cinco de Mayo holiday on May 5th, there are battle reenactments and festive celebrations in Puebla City and other parts of the state.
🧳 Head to this article to download your FREE Printable packing list for Mexico travel, and get a complete Mexico packing guide — so you know what to pack for Mexico, and what NOT to take to Mexico.
How do I travel to Puebla State?
If you’re just visiting Puebla, you can fly into Puebla International Airport (code: PBC).
However, there’s also the option to use Mexico City International Airport (code: MEX), which will have many more direct flights from nearly all major U.S. cities., and then driving to Puebla.
From Mexico City, you’ll rent a car and then drive into Puebla, which takes about 2.5 hours. For Mexico car rentals, Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price — but make sure to get full coverage insurance.
🚙💨 Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.
Is it safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico?
As the country is quite large, road trips are a great way to see a lot in a little time.
To answer the question, Is it safe to drive in Mexico — YES, it’s considered safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico, though do avoid driving at night.
Beyond that, another caveat to safety is that you’ll obviously be driving in a foreign country, and won’t be familiar with local road customs and driving laws. Head to this article for 12 Useful Mexico Driving Tips to get a better understanding of driving in Mexico.
🚙💨 Looking to rent a car? Discover Cars works with several agencies in Mexico to get you the best price.
Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?
No — U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Mexico. This is just one of the 5 Reasons Mexico is the Perfect Travel Destination for U.S. visitors.
When you go through Immigration at the airport, cruise port or land border, you’ll receive your FMM 180-Day (6 month) Tourist Card at no charge. Keep in mind that though it’s called a “card,” it’s actually just a small piece of paper.
Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have to give it back to an Immigration officer when you’re leaving the country. If you lose your FMM, there is a $600 peso ($30USD) cost to replace it, and some paperwork you’ll need to fill out at the airport before you can leave the country.
In short: Don’t lose your FMM!
Do I need to speak Spanish to visit Mexico?
As a general rule, you’ll want to know at least a few words of Spanish when visiting anywhere in Mexico. This is both a sign of respect, and will also help you have a better trip.
If you’re wondering what constitutes “basic Spanish,” check out the infographic below — you’ll be surprised at how much you know already!
If you stick to the more touristic places where you’re headed, you should be fine with very basic Spanish. If you want to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in the pueblos (small towns) speak little to no English.
🗣 Pro Tip: Download the Spanish Words & Phrases list below and save it on your phone as an image. This way, you have access to these most common words even if you’re off-WiFi.
Puebla & Mexico City Blogs
Mexico Travel Podcast