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Mexico’s Vibrant Container City

Container City

When most Westerners hear the word “Cholula” they probably think of hot sauce. It is, after all, one of Mexico’s finest food exports. The famous hot sauce was named after the ancient city of Cholula, which is Mexico’s oldest inhabited city, the former center of the Aztec empire, and the home of the famous pyramid of Cholula – otherwise known as the great temple of Quetzalcoatl, the largest man-made pyramid in the world.

Container City

While Cholula hot sauce and Great Pyramid are reasons enough to visit Cholula, its new container city has become another, more contemporary draw for this city of many attractions. 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.

Container City

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.

Container City

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.

Container City

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

Container City

Container City

Container City

Container City

Container City

Container City

images via Flickr. Pepe15 , Orodreth ,  Sidabossa , Aquitecto , Palinka , Yetto

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  • California traveler

    December 30, 2011

    What an interesting concept. I’ve driven past yards where it seems thousands of these things are stacked. Great to see a use for so many of them in such a unique setting.

  • Interesting. Where did they get all the train cars from?

  • Brenda

    March 6, 2010

    I love how these sustainable neighborhoods are popping up all over the world.

  • itati

    March 6, 2010

    I wish they had little mini container mailboxes that would be really neat.

  • Stunning Mesh

    March 6, 2010

    I already saw these and these are really impressive and attractive.

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