A few years back, the colonial city of Puebla, a two-hour drive south (or 20-minute flight) from D.F., gained steam as a spot for international travelers who'd already done the beaches-ruins-Oaxaca route, and wanted something beyond the design scenes and high-end cooking of Guadalajara and Mexico City. The appeal of the place was two-fold: a lesser explored city that offered tremendous food (this is the birthplace of mole, gorditas, and the impossibly delicious avo-queso-pork-stacked cemita sandwich) as well as enough artisan-crafted ceramics, done in a style calledtalavera, and clothing to fill a second suitcase. But the real clincher was how easy it was to do the town right without the hassle that comes with the bustle of that megalopolis two hours north: Puebla is Mexico's fourth-largest city, yet almost everywhere you want to be is within walking distance, making it feel like a brilliantly painted village (seriously, every wall offers an Instagram opp).
You're going to walk around seven minutes down the block to reach the Amparo Museum, which has glass display cases filled with statuary and jewels from the Zapoteca communities dating back nearly 4,000 years.
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