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

Please note that the cathedral was severely damaged during the September 2017 earthquake.

Get in[edit]

By Bus[edit]

There are two buses (takes about 40mins) running from CAPU the bus station in Puebla and one express bus (about 20min) that runs from the Choula-Puebla bus station (Autobuses Puebla - Cholula y Anexas) near the centre of Puebla, at the time 7.50 pesos. There are also collectivos that run from crn. 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 (08:30, 12:30, 16:30, and 19:40) for 190 pesos.

By Taxi[edit]

From CAPU a taxi will cost you about 130 (Oct 2016) pesos 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 60 pesos. (might be more expensive nowadays)

By Car and Motorbike[edit]

Take the Recta, 10 km from Puebla to Cholula.

By Train[edit]

About 15 mins walk from Puebla's zocolo, there's a new tourist train that takes you to the base of The Grand Pyramid. From there, it's a 2 minute walk to the ticket booth to the entrance of the tunnels or the ramp to go to the top. TRIP takes 40 mins and costs 8 pesos each way, free on national holidays. Runs only 3 times a day Monday to Friday, more frequently in weekends and holidays. Check

Get around[edit]

By Foot 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 25min walk from the Zocalo.

Bike 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 400-500 peso.

Bus 5 peso, but for touristing you really only need buses to get in and out of Cholula.

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

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

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The biggest drawcard for tourists to Cholula, apart from one of the best night life in all of Mexico is the Pirámide Tepanapa, the world largest pyramid (volume wise) and world's largest monument. Entry costs ~80 pesos, free if you have a mexican student ID. Without a guide it takes (max.) around 1-1.5 hrs to view the site.

On the top the Spanish build la Iglesia de los Remedios, from where you can take some very good photos from the volcanos Popo and Izta and the town of Cholula. Especially beautiful at night. Also the little museum nearby is interesting and too often overlooked.

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As a university city, Cholula has a tremendous amount 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.

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In Mexican culture there is a word "precopeo" that means to start drinking before the party starts, this is why students begin to drink around 1 pm and Cholula begins it's parting life style before the sun sets, in continuation these are some of the favorite places students tend to go:


  • 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 ways the amount of food you choose prepares it right in front of you, usually one dish is enough for two people.
  • Las Quekas - Very large and inexpensive traditional food is served in this place, one can order from hand made quesadillas, to enchiladas or a set meal, even though service is usually extremely slow, prices and portions are incredible, one liter of freshly squeezed orange juice costs less than a dolar, and some enchiladas are about 2 dollars, recommended order, liter of chocolate milk or orange juice and a Quesadilla atomica.
  • Jugos Conchita - The same menu as Las Quekas, but with a extremely large viriety of freshly made juices, also very recognized by its 15 meat sandwich called "gula"
  • Zapata - Traditional Mexican tacos, located in Cholula's Container city, known for their tacos the jamaica, which is a taco of Jamaica flower this taco is extremely rare because it tastes like meat!
  • Ocho Treinta Located in the opposite corner of San Andres Cholula´s zocalo. This excentric restaurant offer eclectic food with a mix of a rich european taste and mexican creativity . Nothing conventional place that reminds the mixture of cultures that Cholula enables.
  • La Colmena Calle 14 Oriente 206, nice vegetarian restaurant, healthy and tasty food
  • La Berenjena Huge gourment Pizzas, 120-200 MX pesos a pizza but easily is enough for 2, chill atmosphere but becoming more and more popular
Calle 8 Nte 1006, two blocks from 14


  • Bambukos - famous for its one liter cocktails, good music and delicious food is served while students and tourists mingle between each other watching some football or simply making plans for the night, a typical cocktail averages a price of 4 dollars and a big meal would cost the same. Most people order a Copa de Nada and a baguette.
  • Tiki - one of Cholulas most famous precopeo joints would be this beach inspired venue which shares much of its menu with Bambukos but has a salad bar and surf boards as tables.
  • 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.
  • Bombay - This lounge is recognized as a landmark for the city, People gather at the small venue to listen to live DJ's while drinking some well quality cocktails; it also works as a restaurant.
  • Mandala - Located 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 1960's chairs. Recommendation order the Mandala Christmas or the Vodka con Pepino
  • 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.

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  • Licoreria San Pedrito, Av. Miguel Alemán 2103, San Pedro. chill bar with table soccer(!!), open-air patio, good juices to be mixed with mezcal, tequila or vodka, some few people dancing as is gets later  edit


  • Taxi - Located in the container city, Taxi is a good place to enjoy some import beers, listen to some live music and dance the night away with their funky DJ's
  • Siete Santos - Also neighboring Taxi this is a more alternative rock venue, where people gather in flocks to dance in the psychedelic decoration.
  • Bar Fly - A funny place to chill out while the Bar man prepares you a great drink.
  • Awasha - A horribly decorated place, but has extremely cheap drinks.
  • Pulque Para Dos - Some of Mexico's most important bands have gone to play concerts in that venue, with out forgetting a good hand full of international artists to, great place to drink "pulque" a native Mexican Drink


  • 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.
  • Roka - Cholula's largest night club, also becoming one of Cholula's best, after it was remodeled last year.
  • Classico - Located 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 but worth the while.
  • 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.

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Get out[edit]

With uber to bus station CAPU costs around 80-95 MX pesos and takes minimum 30 min, in rush hour longer

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