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One Week in Central Mexico

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Do what thousands of Chilangos (Mexico City denizens) do every weekend and escape to the charming towns and countryside retreats that dot the landscape of Central Mexico. From a perfectly prepared Mole Poblano in Puebla to perfectly crafted silver jewelry in Taxco, you'll find just what you're looking for. The towns of Central Mexico--Cuernavaca, Taxco, Puebla, Valle de Bravo, Cholula, and more--are easy day trips from the capital and well worth the bus fare or rental car fee.
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Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, Centro, 72000 Puebla, Pue., Mexico
The toy vendors, working around the zócalo (main square) in Puebla, Mexico have taken the task of selling balloons to new heights. Somewhere, under this enormous mass of rubber and plastic encased helium is a small little pushcart and I mean,...
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Xochicalco is a fascinating archaeological site located a few hours south of Mexico City in the state of Morelos. The site came to prominence after the fall of Teotihuacan and may have played a part in Teotihuacan's demise by blocking valuable...
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Tollan, El Salitre, 42800 Tula de Allende, Hgo., Mexico
Tula is an important archaeological site located a couple hours due north of Mexico City in the state of Hidalgo. Tula was the capital of the Toltec empire, which was characterized by long range trading and the beginning of pan-Mesoamerican...
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Ocotlán, Tlax., Mexico
Chef Estela Salas Silva’s maternal great-great-grandmother came from France to Mexico in the 1860s to cook for wealthy families in the city of Puebla. Today, in the nearby town of Tlaxcala, Silva passes on her ancestors’ recipes, which mix...
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506, 16 de Septiembre, Centro, 72000 Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla, Mexico
At El Mural de los Poblanos in Puebla, try five kinds of mole poblano in the city where it was created. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. Image courtesy of El Mural de los Poblanos
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Zona Sin Asignación de Nombre de Col 35, Insurgentes Centro, Puebla, Pue., Mexico
If you're in Puebla, make sure you get to taste some real Pueblan food. Near downtown you'll find "Gorditas de La 21", a traditional, tasty and cheap place where you'll taste gorditas and molotes.
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Puebla de los Angeles, Puebla, Mexico
We were lucky enough to have Cinco de Mayo (celebrating the Battle of Puebla) fall while we were in Puebla. Having been told it's not that big of a deal there, we were pleasantly surprised to hear the sounds of bands playing not too far from our...
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Av 2 Sur 106, Centro, 72000 Puebla, Pue., Mexico
Puebla is one of those amazing Mexican cities where food is a focus. It is the mole capital of Mexico and while there on a recent business trip, had the chance to go to Vittorio's Restaurant. Vittorio has two location. This one, located right on...
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Av 6 Ote 209, Centro, 72000 Puebla, Pue., Mexico
And the urban planning award goes to.....{drum roll, please}... the city of Puebla, Mexico for having a street commonly known as "Sweets Street"! Unofficially known as Calle de los Dulces, the three block long street is lined on both sides with...
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Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico
Perched on the slopes of the Sierra Madre mountains, the beautiful colonial town of Taxco is where you go to in Mexico if you want to buy anything made of silver. Taxco has been a mining town going back to the times of the Aztecs . When Hernan...
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6 Sur 304, Callejon de los Sapos, Colonia Centro, Centro, 72000 Puebla, Pue., Mexico
On a whim, I bought a groupon for a cooking vacation in the interior of Mexico. Little did I know what a fantastic trip it would be!! 3 hours of cooking every morning, followed by a delicious lunch that we cooked. Afternoons were spent exploring...
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Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico
Taxco is an old silver mining town South West of Mexico City. Built on the side of a mountain, everywhere you walk is either straight up a large hill or straight down. The streets are too narrow to allow for normal cars so, almost, the entire city...
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Circuito Perimetral S/N, San MIguel del Milagro, 90720 Natívitas, Tlax., Mexico
Nearly 1,000 years after the once-powerful central Mexican city of Cacaxtla was abandoned, would-be looters of the hilltop palace ruins came across fantastically well-preserved and still colorful murals painted in a somewhat puzzling Mayan style....
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México 54 Km 34, 99500 Villanueva, Zac., Mexico
A northern outpost of Mesoamerican high culture lies in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. The precolombian hilltop ruins contain a pyramid, ballcourt, palace and many other structures. The site may have been a Toltec outpost that traded southern...
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Cuernavaca Centro, Centro, Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Hernán Cortés built a summer home here on top of the ruins of a pyramid. Over the next few centuries, Mexico City's political and economic elite and movie stars--and even the Shah of Iran--took up residence in this town. Cuernavaca--with its...
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Arq. Pablo González 2, Centro, 62520 Tepoztlán, Mor., Mexico
Tepotzlán is the perfect day trip from Mexico City. A strange and wonderful mixture of colonial heritage and architecture, new age spirituality, and peaceful mountain vistas, this town certainly deserves its UNESCO designation as one of Mexico's...