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Cholula

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Cholula is a city in Puebla state, 15 km west of the city of Puebla. It contains the smaller municipalities of San Andrés Cholula, San Pedro Cholula, and Santa Isobel Cholula.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

There are two buses (about 40 min) running from CAPU the bus station in Puebla and one express bus (about 20 min) that runs from the Choula-Puebla bus station near the centre of Puebla, M$7.50 (pesos).

There are also collectivos that run from the corner of Calle 5 Pte and Calle 3 Sur of Puebla to Cholula.

Another option is Estrella Roja buses that run direct from TAPO Bus Station in Mexico City, but there are only 4 a day (04:30, 08:30, 12:30, 16:30). M$82.

By taxi[edit]

From CAPU a taxi will cost you about M$90 to get to the zocalo of Cholula San Andres, if you take one from the centre of Puebla and have some bargaining skills you should be about to get one for M$60.

By car[edit]

Take the Recta, 10 km from Puebla to Cholula.

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

Most of the sights of Cholula can walked to in no time at all, the exception may be to Camino Real where most of the bars are located (opposite UDLA) about 25 min walk from the zocalo.

By bike[edit]

A large majority of the Cholulu's and the university students get around by bike, so if you you are thinking a somewhat more long term stay, ask around the various bike shops you should be able to pick one up for M$400-500.

By bus[edit]

MXN5, but for sightseeing you really only need buses to get in and out of Cholula.

By taxi[edit]

Tend to be more expensive than in Puebla, as the drivers are used to the cashed up UDLA students. But M$40-50 maximum should get you where you need to go around town.

By car[edit]

Just be careful of the many one ways streets in and around the center of Cholula, they can be confusing to the first timers.

See[edit]

  • 1 Great Pyramid of Cholula Pirámide Tepanapa. The biggest draw for tourists to Cholula, apart from the nightlife, is the world's largest pyramid by volume and the world's largest monument. You can also take some very good photos from the top, of the volcano Popo and the town of Cholula. The little museum nearby is interesting and too often overlooked. Great Pyramid of Cholula (Q1417475) on Wikidata Great Pyramid of Cholula on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

As a university city, Cholula has a tremendous number of nightclubs, bars, restaurants and coffee houses where Mexico's elite go to when not studying these places can fit any budget yet due to so much competition between the venues, prices are usually very low.

Buy[edit]

  • Lupe Báez, #610, calle 8 Norte, San Andrés Cholula, e-mail: . Vintage and second hand clothes, accessories, furniture, and other goods.

Eat[edit]

  • Ice & Grill. A funky atmosphere is what sets this place as an interesting point of gathering, it works as a self-serve restaurant. One goes to a table with raw products and chooses. After that a chef weighs the food you chose and prepares it right in front of you. Usually one dish is enough for two people.
  • Jugos Conchita. The same menu as Las Quekas, but with a extremely large variety of freshly made juices, also very recognized by its 15 meat sandwich called "gula".
  • Ocho Treinta (In the opposite corner of San Andres Cholula´s zocalo). This eccentric restaurant offer eclectic food with a mix of a rich European taste and Mexican creativity. Nothing conventional.
  • Las Quekas. Inexpensive traditional food is served in this place. One can order hand made quesadillas, enchiladas, or a set meal. Edven though service is usually extremely slow, prices and portions are incredible. One liter of freshly squeezed orange juice costs less than US$1, and some enchiladas are about US$2. Recommended order: 1 L of chocolate milk or orange juice and a quesadilla atomica.
  • Zapata (In Cholula's Container City). Traditional Mexican tacos. The Jamaica, a taco of the Jamaica flower, is extremely rare because it tastes like meat.

Drink[edit]

Bars[edit]

  • Awasha - A horribly decorated place, but has extremely cheap drinks.
  • Bambukos - Famous for its one liter cocktails, good music and delicious food is served while students and tourists mingle with each other watching some football or simply making plans for the night. A typical cocktail averages US$4 and a big meal would cost the same. Most people order a copa de nada and a baguette.
  • Bombay - This lounge is recognized as a landmark for the city, People gather at the small venue to listen to live DJs while drinking some well quality cocktails; it also works as a restaurant.
  • Chipilin - If you're hungry and thirsty and have very little money, Chipilin is the place to go. It is a botanero concept which means that they will feed you as much as possible while you are enjoying your drink. Very good traditional Mexican food is usually served.
  • Clamateria - Usually students come here to have a "Clamato" which is believed to cure hangovers. After that, a couple of beers is what initiates another day in Mexico's sin city.
  • Mandala - In Cholula's Container City, a very good spot to have some tea with vodka while smoking a hookah and having a great talk on their retro 1960s chairs. Recommended order is the Mandala Christmas or the vodka con pepino.
  • Pulque Para Dos - Some of Mexico's most important bands have gone to play concerts in this venue. Great place to drink "pulque", a native Mexican drink.
  • Siete Santos - A more alternative rock venue, where people gather in flocks to dance in the psychedelic decor.
  • Tiki - one of Cholula's most famous precopeo joints. Shares much of its menu with Bambukos, but has a salad bar and surf boards as tables.

Nightclubs[edit]

  • Classico - Bordering the city of Puebla, this extremely large and prestigious club is where the city's elite tend to hang out. A bit more expensive than the rest.
  • Roka - Cholula's largest night club, and becoming one of Cholula's best.
  • Tigre - One of Cholula's oldest night clubs. Not a very popular place anymore for the locals, but usually beginning each semester many international and juniors tend to go there to rock all night long.
  • Unit - Good music is played while locals have fun dancing the night away in the horribly decorated pink and green venue, but don't let it trick you, Unit the best known place in Cholula.

Sleep[edit]

  • Hostal de San Pedro, 6 Norte 1203, Barrio de Jesus (About 4 blocks from the central square). Probably the only hostel in town. Very friendly and helpful staff, hot water, Wi-Fi. M$170.

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