CHOLULA TRAVEL GUIDE
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With just seven rooms, La Quinta Luna ($$$$, Calle 3 Sur #702, tel. 222/247-8915, www.laquintaluna.com) is the most upscale lodgings in Cholula. The boutique hotel belongs to the Boutique Hotels of Mexico group; you can reserve through them at www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com/quintaluna. Services include meeting rooms, library, tour guides, a spa, and airport transportation. The property is wired for Wi-Fi and has parking.
Casa Calli ($$, Portales Guerrero #11, tels. tels. 222/261-5607 and 222/261-5608, www.hotelcasacalli.com), has 40 rooms with modern furnishings, Wi-Fi, and cable TV. The moderately priced property has a restaurant, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor events spaces, rental cars, tour guides, and a spa offering facials and massage.
With 25 rooms, Hotel Posada María Sofia ($$, Calle 3 Sur #1501, tel. 222/247-1146, www.hotelmariasofia.com) has Wi-Fi, a restaurant/bar, business center, and events facilities.
Hostal del Zócalo ($, Avenida Miguel Alemán #101, tel. 222/247-7071) is a good choice for those on a budget.
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There are restaurants under Los Portales facing the main square in San Pedro Cholula. La Lunita ($$, Avenida Morelos Esquina 6 Norte #419, San Pedro Cholula, tel. 222/247-0011, www.lalunita.com) is popular for breakfast, regional dishes, and tortas, but perhaps best known for its strong and tasty sangria.
Things to Do & See
You can hire a guide at the entrance to the archaeological site, Zona Arqueológica de Cholula (Avenida 8 Norte #2, at the border between San Andrés and San Pedro Cholula, tel. 222/247-9081). Save your ticket stub for entrance to the site museum.
The worthwhile City Museum (in the Casa del Caballero Aguila, facing the main plaza across the street from San Pedro church) is open daily from 9 to 3. There’s a small admission fee.
The free Museo de Talavera “Alarca” (Lateral Sur Recta a Cholula #3510, www.talaveradelareyna.com.mx) is a collection of more than 300 works of ceramic art by 50 different artists.
Container City (Avenida 12 Poniente near Calle 5 de Mayo, San Andrés Cholula, www.containercity.com.mx)
Check out the campus of La Universidad de las Américas (Santa Catarina Mártir, San Andrés Cholula, tel. 222/229-2000, www.udlap.mx) for a variety of sporting events, depending on the season, and Tuesday night films.
. The two-week Fiesta de San Pedro Cholula goes from the end of August to the middle of September. Enjoy music, folkloric dances, dance parties, and games for families and adults.
Cholula is actually two contiguous towns, San Pedro Cholula and San Andrés Cholula. Most of the nightlife is in the latter, as that’s where young people attend La Universidad de las Américas. In San Pedro Cholula, most of the bars and restaurants are found under Los Portales and in the streets surrounding the main plaza.
Near the Cholula pyramid, TQMexico (Plaza La Estación, Avenida Morelos #603, tel. 222/247-2547, www.tqmexico.com) has black pottery from Oaxaca, Talavera ceramics, and handcrafts from different parts of Mexico.
To buy unique artifacts made from a type of grass called zacatón, stop by Fátima (Calle 20 Ote. #109, STK San Pedro Cholula, cell 222/521-1117). The Torres Morales family is dedicated to this type of art, called popotillo, or “little straws.”
The tourism office (Portales Guerrero, San Pedro Cholula, tel. 222/261-2393) is under the arcade facing the main plaza.
How to Get There, How to Get Around
Cholula is just about 20 km (13 miles) west of Puebla en route to Mexico City.
The closest airport to Cholula is Puebla’s Hermanos Serdán International Airport (Km 91.5 Carretera Federal Mexico--Puebla, Huejotzingo, http://aeropuertopuebla.com, tel. 227/102-5080). It’s located north of Cholula, 80 kilometers east of Mexico City. The airport code is PBC. It has guarded 24-hour parking, car rental agencies (see below), and the usual services such as a restaurant and shops.
Cholula’s bus station (Av. 12 Poniente 108, Col Centro, tel. 222/261-6603) has service via Estrella Roja and other lines to Mexico City and Puebla city, as well as other destinations.
With more options is nearby Puebla’s Terminal Central de Autobuses de la Ciudad de Puebla (CAPU), located at the north end of the city, at Boulevard Norte #4222, Colonia Las Cuartillas. It connects to Mexico City’s TAPO (eastern bus terminal) and Terminal del Norte (northern bus terminal) and to the capital cities of almost every mainland Mexico state. The principal bus lines are ADO (tels. 222/ 230-4014, toll-free in Mexico 01800/702-8000, www.ado.com.mx); Estrella Roja (tels. 222/273-8300 and toll-free in Mexico 01800/712-2284); Futura (tels. 222/249-7561 and toll-free in Mexico 01800/507-5500); and OCC (tels. 222/225-9007 or 222/248-7311). For more info see the bus terminal’s helpful website, www.capu.com.mx, or call 222/249-7211, ext. 222.
Car Rental Agencies
You can rent cars at the Puebla airport222/261-6603. Two well-known companies are Eurocar (tel. 222/224-2418) and Hertz (tel. 222/249-6808). For online booking, check out www.directorio.com.mx/renta-de-autos.