Puebla City Guide
OVERVIEW: Puebla is in a scenic mountainous region about 120 km southeast of Mexico City. It is the fourth-largest city in Mexico and is the home of mole, a popular Mexican sauce.
WEATHER: Subtropical highland (14-19 °C). Can get a bit chilly at night.
SAFETY: Safe in downtown Puebla and in Cholula. I've heard the outskirts of the city are dangerous, but I heard it from rich Poblanas who have probably never been within 10 km.
MUST DO: Eat. "The food here will make your bollocks tingle." There are many cultural attractions too.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN PUEBLA: $200-$300. For $200 you can get a small and modest 2 bedroom or a nice 1 bedroom apartment. However, a better place to get an apartment is in Cholula (SEE NIGHTLIFE), a neighbourhood about 15 km away from downtown Puebla. A place here will cost you more because this is where the rich people live. It's worth the money if you have it, and good apartments can be found for around $300.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT Hostal Cholula is around $10.00 for a bed.
NIGHTLIFE IN PUEBLA: 7/10 (Only addresses Cholula)
A good nightlife scene in Cholula, but some the clubs (and some of the people) are a bit stuck-up. However, there's a lot of choice and you're sure to find something suited to your personality. Don't believe me? Here's a video of some kids who hit 15 bars in Cholula in one night.
I recommend: Bambukos. The link is a shit video, but it gives you a good idea of the music and atmosphere.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $2.00
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN PUEBLA: 6.75/10
Not bad, as long as you have your logistics in order. What I mean by that is don't live too far away from the bars. For instance, if you live in downtown Puebla, you'll have a much harder time getting a girl you met in Cholula to go home with you. Everything in Cholula is close by, so if you're staying there it's a non-issue. Single girls seem to prefer foreigners to locals, which is good news for you. Some dudes might give you a hard time because they're jealous, but they're harmless. You're in a posh area and so most guys are pussies. Social groups are a big thing here, so you'll have to break down some walls, but bitch shields are minimal. You're likely to get a decent amount of attention if you dress well and radiate positive body language.
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ARE GIRLS HOT IN PUEBLA?: 6.75/10.
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GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.10 Tortillas (1kg)= $1.00 Eggs= $1.90 Water (1.5L)= $1.00 Cigarettes= $3.50
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Either teach English or be German and work in the Volkswagen plant just outside the city.
TAXI: About $3.00-6.00.
NOTES: I have to knock it down a half-point because I felt that there was a bit more hate towards the white man than in other parts of Mexico. Of course, Mexicans have more than enough reasons to hate gringos with enthusiasm - and I'm surprised more of them don't - but I don't have much time for it. Also, nightlife in Puebla only exists Thursday-Sunday.
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10
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