- Day-tripping to ancient cities Spend the day scrambling over ruins and pyramids and be back in Mexico City for dinner.
- Experiencing the great outdoors Some of the country's highest mountains, such as Iztaccíhuatl, offer challenging climbs for the intrepid or easier trails at their bases.
- The chance to eat Puebla's regional cuisine The city has made some important contributions to Mexico's culinary heritage, such as mole, a sauce that can use upward of 30 different ingredients, including chocolate.
- Getting a European vacation without having to cross the pond Due to its lakeside location amid pine forests, and popularity with wealthy jet-setters, Valle de Bravo has been likened to the "Switzerland of Mexico."
- Putting the guidebook away In Tlaxcala and Cuetzalan, you'll run out of sights to see in the first 15 minutes. The real joy is strolling around without an agenda.
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