LA-Web 2006 will be held in the Auditorium on the campus of the Universidad de las Americas Puebla. The Universidad de las Americas Puebla or UDLA is one of the most important private universities in Mexico. Its academic programs, both in the undergraduate and graduate schools have national and international prestige. It is located in Cholula, a small city that is part of the metropolitan area of the city Puebla.
The campus is made up of 38 buildings on 180 acres (728,000 m²), located 12 miles (19 km) west of Puebla's downtown, and less than 2 miles south of Cholula's downtown. The 38 buildings include 6 classroom buildings, 2 laboratory buildings, 3 on-campus dormitories, 3 off-campus dormitories, 2 soccer fields, 1 football field, 1 baseball field, 2 gymnasiums, tennis courts, 2 cafeterias, 1 library, 1 Student Center, 1 Auditorium, Offices and Professor's Housing. The campus was built on what was originally known as the Hacienda de Sta. Catarina Martir. The actual student population is about 8,000.
There are a number of hotels in Puebla and Cholula near the UDLA campus. The Fiesta Americana Puebla is the primary conference hotel and a limited number of rooms have been reserved for use of conference participants.
Fiesta Americana Puebla
The Fiesta Americana is an elegant hotel located 15 minutes from the UDLA campus in one of the most exclusive residential areas of the city, within the La Vista Country Club and golf area. A limited number of rooms have been blocked for the conference. You can make reservations through the Fiesta Americana Puebla website.
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The Posada Señorial is a modest hotel located 5 minute trip by taxi or 15 minute walk from the UDLA campus near the famous Cholula pyramid. A limited number of rooms have been blocked for the conference. For reservations send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and please mention the "Latin American Web Congress, October 25-27 2006". You can also call directly for reservations, phone number: +52 222-247-6677. The hotel is located at Ave. 5 de Mayo # 1400 A, Recta a Cholula. The special fees for LA WEB 06 are; Single room or Double room: $40 USD; Triple room: $45 USD.
The Mexican state of Puebla is located in the center of the country, to the east of Mexico City. It shares its name with its capital and main city, Puebla. The city of Puebla is located in the Puebla Valley, surrounded by volcanoes and snow-capped mountains, slightly over 110 kilometres south-east of Mexico City. The city proper in 2005 had a population of 1.5 million people, while the metropolitan area had a population of 2.1 million.
Cholula is located about 15 km west of the city of Puebla, at an approximate elevation of 2135 meters (about 7000 ft) above sea level. The population of San Pedro Cholula is somewhat less than 100,000 people, and the population of San Andres Cholula, a little less than 50,000. The UDLA campus is located between Puebla, San Andres and San Pedro Cholula.
Getting to Puebla
Two airports serve the city of Puebla
- Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City (MEX), located at two hours by bus from the city of Puebla and
- "Hermanos Serdan" Puebla Airport (PBC), located at 30 minutes from the UDLA campus and Cholula hotels by taxi.
The "Hermanos Serdan" Puebla Airport is convenient but fewer itinierary options are available.
Please let us know in advance (laweb2006 [at] gmail.com) about your arrival schedule so we can provide further assistance in the airport.
Buses from Mexico City Airport to Puebla. "Estrella Roja" (Red Star) is the bus line that runs every 30 minutes between Mexico City's airport and Puebla. The last bus to Puebla departs at 11PM (see schedules at http://www.estrellaroja.com.mx/expreso.asp). "Estrella Roja" offers service to two terminals in Puebla: the CAPU (Central de Autobuses de Puebla) and the "4 Poniente". The "4 Poniente" terminal tends to be more convenient, as taxis are located a few meters from the bus arriving deck. The approximate cost for the bus ticket is $15 USD or $150 Mexican Pesos.
Taxis from Bus terminals to hotels. A taxi from the CAPU or 4 Poniente to downtown hotels in Puebla should cost around $40 Mexican Pesos, to the Fiesta Americana hotel around $50 Mexican Pesos and to Cholula around $70 Mexican Pesos or a maximum of $80 pesos. At the CAPU, you should buy a ticket from the authorized taxi booth (taxis autorizados) and give it to the driver.
From Mexico City (central TAPO), Xalapa, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Cuernavaca, Pachuca and Tlaxcala you can take a bus directly to Puebla from the city's bus terminal. You arrive at the CAPU (Central de Autobuses de Puebla) At the CAPU, you should buy a ticket from the authorized taxi booth (taxis autorizados) and give it to the driver. If you plan to stay in a hotel, it is best for you to arrive there directly. A taxi from the CAPU should cost $80 Mexican Pesos maximum to UDLA or the hotels, Fiesta Americana or Posada Señorial.
Take the highway México-Puebla from Mexico City. It is a two hour trip depending on traffic. Five minutes after San Martin Texmelucan, take the "Periferico Ecologico" exit. From here you can arrive directly to UDLA or to your hotel.
For the Posada Señorial hotel, on the periferico take the second exit to Cholula to the "Recta a Cholula". Here you can also get to the UDLA campus. Arrive to Cholula in the San Andres direction to find the Posada Señorial Hotel.
For the Fiesta Americana hotel, continue the periferico, pass the Atlixco exit until the Puebla Center exit. Continue to the "Via Atlixcayotl", you will see the Fiesta Americana Hotel after the "La Vista" Country Club.