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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

A great first day in Cholula

We really like this area. There is so much to see and do, and the weather is absolutely perfect in our opinion.

First thing we did was to walk the 2.5 kms or so to the Great Pyramid of Cholula. This is the largest pyramid in the world, built over a period of more than 1,000 years between 300 BC to 900 AD. When the Spanish came, they built a church on top of it, and they may not have even known it was a pyramid.

Another beautiful day, but a bit hazy...

Part of the structure has been rebuilt.

The volcano put on another show while we were at the top of the pyramid.

View from the top.

Looking down on Cholula.

Hazy looking toward downtown Puebla.

There are a LOT of churches.

Puebla has it's own big wheel.

Cholula and the Popocatépetl volcano.

Some kind of a parade coming.

I don't think that one girl wanted her picture taken!

Mexicans love their parades. You never know when one is going to happen. Imagine a Tuesday at 11:00am having a parade. This was not a celebration though... this appeared to be some kind of protest parade against poverty.

Next up, we went to the market.

Lots of fruits and veggies.

And this market has lots of flowers.

An arrangement like this costs around 120 pesos ($8.25 CAD, $6.25 USD).

Buns and breads.



The butcher.

Next, we visited a church...

This is one of the oldest in Mexico, built in 1546.

Then we went for lunch at a place that does tacos arabes. Super cheap... Ruth and I had lunch for a total of 30 pesos ($2.15 CAD,  $1.75 USD). We will be going back there!

On the way back to the campground, we stopped in at an upholstery place we had seen along the way. One of the guys walked back to the motorhome with us and ... long story short... we are getting new covers made for Sherman's dinette seating area. We pick them up on Saturday. Total cost will be 1,300 pesos ($90 CAD, $67 USD).

Popocatépetl puffed some more smoke at dusk last night.

Heading out for a 15 km (9.3 mile) hike this morning.


And in Canada...


  1. What a nice city. Wow, those flowers are sure inexpensive. That would be $50-60 per arrangement here.

    1. It is a beautiful little city and we haven't even made it into the bigger city of Puebla, we will be doing that both on Friday and on Sunday.

      Yes, the flower arrangements are incredibly inexpensive here in Mexico and really beautiful. :-)

  2. OK, maybe you can settle this for me: what is the difference between tacos árabes & tacos al pastor? Here in TX at least they seem to be interchangeable, but I was hoping in Pueblo (where they both originate from the Lebanese immigrant community there)there was a definitive distinction.

    1. acos árabes have a softer taste, the meat is seasoned with garlic, oregano, onion, thyme, cumin … more or less, depending on the recipe. They are served in pan árabe (pita). It’s origin is Puebla. So if they are serving "tacos árabes en corn tortillas they are not the real thing.

      Tacos al pastor are red because of the salsa in which meat is marinated. It contains from one to three types of chilies and achiote, orange juice, vinegar, oregano, maybe tomato, onion, garlic. These tacos are served in small corn tortillas, with grilled pineapple.

    2. Thank you for the explanation Chris. And, the tacos arabes place we went to does indeed serve the meat on a flour type of tortilla. Kevin and I had ours on the little corn tortillas and these were basically the same thing expect that they called them tacos orientales instead of arabes.

  3. Be sure and take before and after pictures of your cushions.
    The churches you photograph are absolutely beautiful’

    1. We will certainly take pictures to show everyone the difference.

      Yes, the churches are beautiful and there will be more to come when we head into the city of Puebla. :-)

  4. The guys in the black hats are called Los Negritos (The Little Black Ones) from Puebla. They perform a traditional dance.

    1. Thanks Chris, we would love to see their dance one day! :-)


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