Guadalajara Mexico Guide and Advisor

Guadalajara Mexico Travel Guide will provide you with info and advise to select this beautiful city as a destination in your next Mexico vacation.

Guadalajara Mexico Travel Guide - About

Guadalajara is a beautiful metropolis, capital of the state of Jalisco. The city is full of history, art, culture and magnificent architecture. Not for nothing is also called the Pearl from the West or in Spanish La Perla de Occidente.

Guadalajara cathedral and kiosk * Guadalajara cathedral and kiosk

Located in the Center-West part of the country, Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico with $5 million inhabitants, much smaller than Mexico City.

Guadalajara, Mexico is said to be the most Mexican City for the culture and traditions it represents. It is home of two of the most recognized Mexican symbols: Mariachi and Tequila.

Guadalajara Historic Center with its religious and civic buildings was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. See more details below in Things to Do.

Near Guadalajara there are the towns of Tlaquepaque and Tonala famous for crafts making, and also the town of Chapala famous for its relaxed atmosphere with an increasing population of retirees.

Guadalajara has template weather year round with temperatures ranging from 11 to 26 degrees Celsius (52 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit).

Things to Do in Guadalajara Mexico

There are many things to do in Guadalajara Mexico. Below we have gathered the top activities and places to visit :

  • Here are the Historic Center buildings :

    • The Metropolitan Cathedral built between the 16th and 18th centuries with a blend of architecture styles. There are three chapels with a neoclassical style. Here you will find the painting of La Purisima Concepcion by Bartolome Esteban Murillo.
    • City Hall Palacio Municipal
    • Degollado Theather (Teatro Degollado. A 19th century neo-classical building.
    • Cultural Institute Cabañas Instituto Cultural Cabañas was originally an orphanage constructed in the 19th century with a neo-classical style. Today is an art and cultural center. It is located in Plaza Tapatia.
  • Museums to visit:

    • Wax Museum. Museo de Cera with more than 150 figures from history, politics and entertainment. It is located in Morelos Avenue.
    • City Museum Museo de la Ciudad with history about the city. It is located in Calzada Independencia between the streets of Mariano Barcenas and Contreras Medellin.
    • Museum House of Jose Clemente Orozco Casa Museo Jose Clemente Orozco is the former house of the famous painter and muralist with some of his personal belongings and photos of his paintings. It is located in Vallarta Avenue.
    • Archeological Museum of the West Museo de Arqueologia del Occidente de Mexico Lic. Jose Parres Arias with pre-Hispanic figures and history from the West of Mexico. It is located on Calzada Independencia Sur in the neighborhood of Parque Agua Azul.
  • Visit the Guadalajara Zoo or the near-by amusement park Selva Magica and planetarium. The zoo has more than 2000 species, a bird house and a huge reptile exhibit.

  • Visit the Chapala Lake, the largest lake in Mexico. Here you can experience the beautiful town atmosphere now home to hundreds of retirees from the US, Canada and Europe. Around the town you can buy crafts, go horseback riding, or practice a more extreme sport such as hand-gliding or kite-surfing.

  • Visit the town of Tequila, and tour a Tequila distillery..

  • Visit the near-by towns of Tlaquepaque and Tonala 62 km (38 miles) South. These picturesque towns offer a variety of locally made crafts.

Guadalajara Nightlife, Dinning and Gastronomy

In Guadalajara Mexico, you will many choices where to spend the evening, from a quite bar where to talk over some drinks to the wildest nightclub with music lasting all night.

For dining you will also have options. From high international cuisine restaurants to the traditional fondas offering traditional Mexican dishes in a rustic atmosphere. If you are the adventurous type for trying authentic and spicy food, don't forget to try the traditional torta ahogada which in English is translated as "drowned hoagie". It is a rolled filled with pork and submerged in a tomato based hot sauce.

While having some fun or during dinner, make sure you try the traditional Mexican drink, Tequila. There are many ways to enjoy this versatile drink. People in Mexico prefer it straight with lime and sangrita, a tomato based spicy drink to sip on the side. If you want to try it this way, ask for bandera or in English flag, as it represents the colors of the Mexican flag. It is a set of three shot glasses; a green shot glass with lime juice, a white shot glass with Tequila and a red shot glass with sangrita.

How to Get and Move Around in Guadalajara Mexico!

Guadalajara receives regularly scheduled flights from major cities in Mexico, and from major hubs in the US.

Gudalajara also has scheduled luxury, first and second class bus trips from and to many places in Mexico.

To move around in the city and nearby places we recommend to take taxis or rent a car. Taxis are relatively inexpensive. Renting a car is a good idea because you will most likely want to move around and go to other places near-by. The city has some traffic during peak hours, but nothing compared to Mexico City.

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Where to Stay in Guadalajara Mexico

In Guadalajara you will find anything from five star hotels to budget accommodation, but it will not have the huge beach type resorts. The choice is yours depending on your budget and travel preferences.

Guadalajara Mexico is a great destination in Mexico thanks to its cosmopolitan style, architecture, history, and crafts towns around it.

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