Acatzingo de Hidalgo
At 50 km from Puebla, between La Malinche and Citlaltépetl, Acatzingo is located. Its main square houses the attractions of this municipality. The large, tree-lined square presides over the white and hardened silhouette of the ex-Franciscan convent of San Juan Evangelista. In front of it are the Hidalgo archways, full of commercial activity and considered one of the longest in America. On one side is the magnificent Parish of San Juan Evangelista with its beautiful tiled facade. Inside, the jewel of the Chapel of the Virgen de los Dolores, with three magnificent baroque altarpieces and extraordinary paintings.
Chalchicomula de Sesma
This city rises on the hillside of the Citlaltépetl, traditionally known as Chalchicomula de Sesma. A thousand legends are told of when Quetzalcoatl lived in these lands and played at sliding down the Cerro del Resbaladero. During the colony, the small town grew to become a city. Remaining from that time are the old Aqueduct and the monumental and beautifully decorated Church of Jesus of the Three Falls. From Serdán City, some of the hiking and climbing routes start towards Pico de Orizaba.
San Jose Chiapa
The skyline of San José Chiapa, 60 km from Puebla, is dominated by La Malinche on one side, and Citlaltépetl on the other, and the large water mirrors of the Totolcingo lagoon. In the center of the town the parochial Church stands out with a great onyx altarpiece.
San Nicolas de Buenos Aires
Do not miss visiting San Nicolás de Buenos Aires, a small and beautiful town with great traditions. It is known as the taco capital and famous for its Fair that is celebrated every year in honor of its patron saint, San Nicolás de Tolentino, patron saint of tacos.
The Ex-Franciscan Convent, one of the first Franciscan constructions, presides over the city of Tecamachalco. Located on a promontory, it is easily distinguishable by its battlements.
Tepeyahualco de Hidalgo
The main attraction of Tepeyahualco, located 100 km northeast of Puebla, is the archaeological site of Cantona, which is believed to be one of the most populous metropolises of prehispanic Mexico because of its enormous expanse, some 14 km2. The visit to several acropolis, ball games, streets and avenues gives an idea of the size of this city. The interesting site museum, as well as the Caltonac museum in Tepeyahualco, house extensive collections of artifacts found in the excavations. The environment is dominated by water with beautiful lagoons in craters such as Alchichica, a very popular weekend recreational destination. There are also various ecotourism activities in the hills and mountains.