Located just six miles west from the Mexican city of Puebla, Choloula is a city that boasts a range of unique attractions. From its Great Pyramid to its diverse churches, Choloula is a city that is steeped in history, making it a popular day trip destination for those that are visiting Puebla.
Famous for being the largest pyramid in the world, as well as the world’s largest monument, the Piramide Tepanapa is, without a doubt, Choloula’s most popular attraction. Also referred to as the Great Pyramid of Cholula, the pyramid can be found in the Cholula Archaeology Park, and visitors are able to walk through a 1200 foot tunnel that runs through the pyramid. The pyramid is made up of several pyramids that have been built on top of each other, and, over the years, archaeologists have dug around five miles of tunnels within the structure in order to explore it. There are guided tours available for visitors, and these will take you around some of the pyramid’s most impressive and unique features.
Being a city that is so packed with history and culture, it is no surprise that there are a number of museums in Cholula that are dedicated to preserving this. The authentically restored Franciscan Library has collections that span everything from religion to philosophy to fine art, while the Casa de la Cultura hosts temporary exhibitions and workshops that range from art to music to theater. For those who are hoping to learn more about the city itself, a visit to the Museo del Caballero Aguila is a must, as this museum offers a walking tour that showcases the history of Cholula, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about the history of the longest continuously occupied neighbourhood in the country, from pre-Hispanic times to the modern day.
Considering the size of Choloula, the fact that it has around 40 churches is quite impressive, and many of these are worthwhile landmarks that are both fascinating and educational to explore, boasting a variety of architectural styles. The Ex Convento de San Gabriel is one of the most popular religious sites in the city that tourists visit, as this walled garden is home to three different churches that date back to the 1500’s. This is one of the oldest churches in the city, with the rest of them dating between the 17th and 19th centuries, such as the Parish of San Pedro, the Nuestra Senora de los Remedios, and the San Francisco Acatepec.
In addition to being a beautiful historic destination, Choloula is also a university town, meaning that it is known for its vibrant nightlife scene, which is able to perfectly round off a day spent visiting the city’s cultural attractions. Whether you head off from Puebla to Choloula for just the afternoon, or decide to spend the night in the city so that you can explore it in more depth, Choloula is a destination that will teach you incredible amounts about the region’s history and past.