Cholula, Puebla, Mexico In Photos
Cholula is a lovely little town in the Mexican state of Puebla. It is not where the delicious hot sauce comes from as one might immediately conclude. That’s actually from another part of Mexico nowhere nearby. Cholula does, however, boast several other fascinating tidbits. Cholula is best known for its great pyramid, Tlachihualtepetl. It is said to be the largest pyramid known to exist in the world, bigger than any other, even in Eygpt.
Perched at the top of the impressive mound, the Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios sanctuary looks small compared to the dilapidated mountain it stands on but is equally as important. It serves as a blatant visual expression of how ruthlessly the Spanish imposed their power and religion throughout indigenous communities in the Americas. But the church now plays a huge role in the lives of nearly every Mexican and acts as the epicenter of all things that matter. It’s almost always buzzing with activity. As ceremonies take place, people congregate, pray and light off fireworks in celebration.
The great, big and active Popocatépetl volcano waves with little puffs of white smoke setting a stunning backdrop. The other side of town offers a nice, peaceful zocalo perfect for relaxing and people watching. The market is worth a visit and the small town makes for a nice day trip from the larger city of Puebla.