When you hear the word Cholula, you probably think of hot sauce. Fair enough. It’s one of Mexico’s best-known exports. The famous hot sauce was named after the ancient city of Cholula. And while hot sauce and a spectacular pyramid (the great temple of Quetzalcoatl) are reason enough to visit Cholula, its new container city has become another, more contemporary draw.
Located just one block from the city’s hip Camino Real, this part of Cholula is made of about 50 brightly colored shipping containers that have been converted into art galleries, cafes, shops, restaurants, and other work and living spaces.
The container city’s developers took 4,500 square meters (48,500 square feet) of space, stacked these train cars into unique formations to create alleys, streets, and courtyards, painted the containers with vivid colors, and then outfitted each container’s interior with bright lighting and hip living and public space. There are several outdoor plazas – some with ping pong tables and other that host art and music events.
Like a sustainable and contemporary version of Argentina’s La Boca, this eco-friendly community has become quite the tourist attraction and opens to the public Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cholula, which in pre-Columbian Nahuatl means “the place of retreat” takes on a whole new meaning when considering the juxtaposition of this trendy new container city with the ancient pyramid a few blocks away. Cholula certainly provides a little bit of everything for every type of traveler. YB