State of Puebla, Mexico

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After our hiking trip to the volcano Iztaccíhuatl we found a gravel road that went directly to Cholula, state of Puebla. Always prefer new roads rather than driving the same way back. The City of Cholula is located just west of the state capital of Puebla and is part of its metropolitan area. Cholula is best known for its Great Pyramid, with the “Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios” that was built on the pyramid and its numerous churches. It is said that the city of Cholula has 365 churches, one for each day?

We enjoyed the life at the zocalo with its many restaurants, cafes and the plaza was filled with vendors selling typical street food, sweets and handcrafted items. We decided not to visit the archaeological site nor the big city of Puebla and moved on for the long drive to Oaxaca City.

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picture downloaded from the web. this is the famous view of the church built on top of the pyramid with the volcano in the background. A pity that it was so hazy when we visited Cholula!

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Zocalo in Cholula – Love the beautiful blue archway!

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Plaza de la Concordia or zocalo in Cholula

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church tower

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main church of the San Gabriel monastery

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another impressive portal

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the San Gabriel monastery – on the right there is the famous church built on top of the pyramid

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a nice evening walk to the church built on top of the pyramid

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last steps going up to the church…

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The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios was built on the pyramid. It is made of bradstone and decorated with laminilla of 24k gold

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The views from this hilltop site… there should be 365 churches

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viva….

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another beautiful sunset somewhere in Mexico

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This woman had some interesting things to taste….

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we were told to try “chapulines” (grasshoppers)…

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…so we did. They are crunchy and a bit salty but not our favourite snack.

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great scenery – driving towards Oaxaca

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Somewhere between Puebla and Oaxaca – great scenery

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