History in colonial cities accumulates layer by layer: diverse cultures mix and hybridize.
We are eager to encounter this past, especially in the towns' historic centers, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
With the exception of Oaxaca, which is 325 miles southeast of Mexico City, the great colonial towns are all located in the heartland of Mexico.
We decided to skip the expat enclave of San Miguel de Allende and focus on Puebla, Querétaro, Morelia, Guanajuato, and Cuernavaca—each a short day-trip from the capital.
From the air, the terrain of Mexico resembles a papier-mâché map, sliced down the center by the Sierra Madre Oriental and Sierra Madre Occidental—towering mountain ranges rising to higher than 18,000 feet that run parallel to the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean.
Hernández has devised a menu that is classically Pueblan in its mix of far-ﬂung and indigenous ingredients.After her death, many native The city of Puebla was established in 1532; unlike other colonial cities, it wasn't built atop an existing town.Nestled among volcanoes along the inland route connecting the port cities of Acapulco and Veracruz, it was a stopping point for traders traveling between Europe and Asia.As Calderón de la Barca observed, the chile is "as necessary an ingredient...as salt." Baroque and Moorish sensibilities fuse most dramatically in Querétaro.
According to legend, the costume was originally worn by the China Poblana (Chinese Woman of Puebla), an Asian princess captured by pirates and sold into Mexican slavery in 1650.