Welcome to Guadalajara. Spend some time in Guadalajara, Mexico´s second largest city and you will fall in love in a hurry. This city will keep you busy with its cathedral and churches, shopping and cultural dining experiences.
Population 2010: 4,424,252
Airport: Guadalajara International Airport
Capital of the state of Jalisco and Mexico´s second biggest city, who could resist Guadalajara, the birthplace of mariachi music and tequila so unique to Mexican cultural identity. Beautiful old colonial buildings, a cathedral at its heart and city parks, make this a wonderful tourist destination. Don´t miss the spectacular Instituto Cultural Cabanas where you can admire the Jalisco murals on the walls and ceilings depicting many scenes from Mexican history and indigenous culture. To take in all the sights, ask the tourist office about the free council-run walking tours (only in Spanish) which start from the Palacio Municipal. For a peaceful retreat from the city, visit Bosque Colomos, a beautiful park with woods, hiking trails, a Japanese garden or take a mini safari at Guadalajara Zoo. Take a day trip to explore the nearby Guachimontones or Teuchitlan pyramids, small but charming archaeological sites, for an interesting insight into times past. If you visit Guadalajara in May, you can enjoy the wonderful Cultural festival, with music, art, theatre and food fairs. As the birthplace of mariachi music, what better way to enjoy it than to visit during late August/early September when the International Mariachi Festival fills the city air with their unique musical sounds.
- Mariachi Music
- Mayan Ruins
- Forest Trails
- Eco Parks
- Spanish Schools
- Night Life
- ATV Adventures
This area is one of the richest economies in Mexico, with the main enterprises being agricultural and computer based. Guadalajara is Mexico´s main producer of computer software products and computers aswell. As the home of tequila, a chief agricultural product produced here is agave which is used in the tequila distillation process. Guadalajara and the Jalisco state has given the world Mexico´s most recognisable cultural exports, tequila, mariachi music and sombreros!
Find a hotel downtown and explore the oldest section of Guadalajara, where all of the oldest buildings are located. You will have plenty to see, and plenty of areas to relax as there are beautiful squares, and public parks scattered all throughout the historic district.
Guadalajara, being the second largest metropolis in all of Mexico has plenty to do off the beaten path. Try your luck at venturing through several hostels, and meeting some new friends along the way.