Travel & Safety Tips

Preparing for the 8th Annual Meeting

Creating the New World for Academic and Professional Mobility:
24-26 April 2019 in Puebla City

The Eighth Annual Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) Meeting will be held in the city of Puebla, Mexico, and will be hosted by UPAEP, the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla. The UPAEP campus is located downtown, enjoys excellent traffic infrastructure, and is blessed with a spectacular landscape view.

Puebla City






Area: Municipality – 534.32 km2 (206.30 sq mi); Metropolitan area – 689,87 km2 (269.48 sq mi)

Altitude: 2,135 meters above sea level  (7,005 ft)

Population:  Municipality – 1,576,259; Metropolitan area – 3,250,000

Languages: Spanish

Time: UTC−6

The city of Puebla de los Ángeles was founded in 1531, among the boundaries of the indigenous dominions of Tlaxcala, Cholula and Cuauhtinchan, following Spain’s regal recommendations to not take possession of indigenous territories. The city is situated in the Valley of Cuetlaxcoapan at the foot of one of Mexico’s highest volcanoes, known as Popocatepetl. It commands a strategic location on the commercial and cultural trade route between the Port of Veracruz and Mexico City, approximately 100 kilometers to the west, which allowed Puebla to be an important intermediate point and a core part of the Atlantic axle for over two centuries. The original city was laid out according to a Renaissance urban grid formed by rectangular squares laid out in a northeast-southeast orientation. It has preserved its great religious structures such as the 16th–17th-century cathedral and fine buildings like the old archbishop’s palace, as well as a host of houses with walls covered in tiles. The new aesthetic concepts resulting from the fusion of European and American styles were adopted locally and are peculiar to the Baroque district of Puebla.

Being the fourth most important city in the country, after Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey, with a population of almost 3 million in its metropolitan area, the city of Puebla combines history and pre-Columbian and colonial culture with development and modernity, being internationally recognized for its splendid gastronomy and hospitality and, more recently, has been named as a “university city,” due to the large number of higher education institutions that have been established in it and the number of students from all over the country and other parts of the world that reside here. In addition, Puebla was announced by the Wall Street Journal as the second most interesting city to visit in 2018 (leaving only the Faroe Islands in first position), in the article “Where to travel in 2018”, signed by journalist Christian L. Wright.


Here are some logistical details to plan for the trip.

Official Tourism Site:Puebla es mi destino”  offers trusted information on tourist packages, restaurant recommendations, events and experiences to live at the city.



Country Code:  +52

Puebla City Code: 222

Emergency reports: 911


Electricity: In Mexico the common voltage is 127 V, 60 Hz for frequency. Plugs can be A or B type:


Money Matters


Currency: Mexican Peso ($1 MXN @ 0.052 USD; $1 MXN @ 0.046 €), depending on the exchange rate of the day.

Value –Added Tax (VAT): Mexico has a value-added tax of 16% on purchases and services. For more information consult this link.

Banking hours: 9am to 4pm (weekdays).

International banks available in Puebla: Citibank (Citibanamex); HSBC; Santander; BBVA (BBVA Bancomer); Scotiabank (Scotiabank Inverlat).

Credit cards: Most shops, restaurants and hotels accept major credit cards. Prepaid debit cards are also accepted. American Express is not well accepted in some consumption or service places.

Tipping: A 10 percent tip is standard in restaurants.

Practical Safety Tips

  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash. Do not carry cameras in plain sight, and do not leave belongings unattended.
  • When walking, hang your bag over your head, across your torso and keep it in front and closed.
  • Avoid walking in deserted and dark places at night.
  • Do not take a car service on the road, only use certificated transportation as: “Taxi UPAEP”, Uber, Cabify, Easy, Didi.
  • Carry photocopies of your valuable documents as passport; keep other documents in a safe place.


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