Tourist info

June 1-3, 2016, Puebla, Pue. MEXICO

Dear all,
We would like to share with you some insights that may facilitate your trip to GERPISA 2016 in
Puebla, Pue., Mexico.

Mexico City is a beautiful city full of surprises. If you are planning to spend some time in the city
before or after the event, we would like to suggest to you the following hotel options (at affordable
prices):
If you have some time to see the city, please visit the Historical Center. There you will find the
Zocalo (the main square of the city) with the second largest flag in the country (the first one is at
the Military Zone known as Campo Marte).

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Around the Zocalo is the Presidential Palace (entrance is free), where you can admire the murals of Diego Rivera and Clemente Orozco. Around the
corner from the Presidential Palace is the Plaza de las Tres Culturas (i.e., “place of the three
cultures”), where you will find remains of old Aztec temples, above which the city cathedral (also
located around the Zocalo) was built.

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A couple of blocks from there you will find the Latin- American Tower. Don’t hesitate to take the elevator as high as possible to have a superb view of
Mexico City. Having lunch (or at least coffee) inside the “Casa de los Azulejos/Sanborns” (House
of Tiles) is a must. Be sure to go to the middle of the house (don’t stay at the entrance), which is
really beautiful.

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Other beautiful places to visit while in Mexico City include Chapultepec Park, where the historic
Chapultepec Castle is located. In front of Chapultepec is the Anthropology Museum, one of the
best in Latin America. And the neighborhood of Coyoacán is where you will find the homes of
Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky.

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How to reach Puebla
From the Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) in Mexico City, you can take either a bus or
a taxi shuttle to Puebla.
There are several bus stations at the airport in Mexico City (so you don’t need to leave the airport
to get the bus). The busses going in the direction of Puebla are located in Terminal 1, on the 2nd
floor (departures floor) in front of the fast food area. In Terminal 2, the bus station is located in
area D, between gate 4 and arrivals (domestic side).

Autobuses Estrella Roja (bus): Exits from both terminals (1 and 2).

More info (in English):https://www.estrellaroja.com.mx/english/index.phpDeparture point: Mexico Aeropuerto AICM,
Destination: Puebla 4 Poniente. The price is about 280MXN per person per segment.

The airline called INTERJET has a shuttle service to Puebla. It departs from the airport in Mexico
City (AICM) and goes to the Hotel Holiday Inn Express & Suites Puebla Angelópolis, with return
trips departing from the same hotel. The price is about 250MXN per person per segment. Note:
You don’t need to travel with INTERJET to use the shuttle bus to Puebla. More info at:
http://www.interjet.com.mx/TransportePuebla.aspx

In Puebla
The GERPISA 2016 conference (June 2016) will be held at:
Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM), Campus Puebla
Vía Atlixcáyotl No. 2301, Reserva Territorial Atlixcáyotl, Puebla, Puebla, México, C.P. 72453
http://www.itesm.mx/wps/wcm/connect/Campus/PUE/Puebla/

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Hotels in Puebla
The organizers recommend the following hotel:
Hotel Camino Real Puebla Angelopolis
Blvd. Atlixcayotl Km. 5 Fraccionamiento La Vista
72810 Puebla, México
http://www.caminoreal.com/destinos/puebla-angelopolis/ang-ubicacion

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If you are planning to stay in another hotel, please search for information about the hotel on
websites such as www.tripadvisor.com. There are cheaper hotels in Puebla City, but not all are
located in safe neighborhoods. We highly recommend that you to do a thorough Google search
before booking your hotel. If in doubt, please do not hesitate to send us an email at:
bvallejo@uvt.nl

Moving around Puebla: Please do not take taxis from the street. Ask at the lobby of the hotel for
a taxi. The hotel will call a “taxi site.” Please do the same when you go to a restaurant or any public
place. They will be happy to call a taxi for you from the closest “taxi site.”
To further ensure that you enjoy your trip to Mexico, we would like to give you these other
recommendations:
Exchanging money: You can exchange money at the airport in Mexico City, or in Puebla in banks,
exchange houses (casas de cambio), and hotels. You will need your foreign passport to exchange
money. In Mexico, it is easier to exchange USD than EUR, particularly outside of Mexico City.
The most convenient way to get MXN will be by withdrawing them from any ATM in the city.
You can get MXN from most ATMs, up to a maximum of 6000MXN a day. Getting the 6000MXN
in one transaction will reduce your transaction costs.
Try to use ATMs located inside a restaurant, a hotel, a mall or a bank. As much as possible, avoid
withdrawing money from ATMs in the street, particularly at night. Under no circumstance allow
people to help you use an ATM. Most of the machines will automatically give you the instructions
in English when they detect that your card is from a foreign bank.
Walking at night: As much as possible, avoid walking alone at night, particularly on empty
streets. Taxis are very cheap in Mexico, so we highly recommend that you move around by taxi
(and request them at the venue).
Displaying of money: Try not to show your money publicly. Since Mexico is a country with a
high income disparity, it is unwise to show off how much money you have in your wallet. Please
take advantage of the safe in your hotel to leave part of your money behind, as well as important
documents such as your passport. It is best not to carry all your money and documents with you at
all times.
Note: Use of soft drugs is illegal and not tolerated in Mexico. You will get into serious trouble if
you transport or consume them in the country (no matter the amount).
Finally, if you are planning to extend your trip to enjoy your holidays, please do not hesitate to
contact us (bvallejo@uvt.nl) for advice, suggestions, or comments. Mexico is a beautiful country
with a large variety of ecosystems. We are sure that you will have a great time discovering its
wonders.

Till soon,
The organizing committee