The small, artistic social gatherings illuminated by the golden lights of the plazas are enlivened by the sweet taste of the distilled drink that has given México its characteristic cultural print; mariachi music resonates on all corners, and the colonial landscape is witness of the night's transformation, and soon, it will turn into one of the most lovely memories you will have.
Guadalajara is one of the most beautiful and culturally fuelled cities in México.
State Capital of Jalisco, it is famous for its tequila, mariachis and charros, which demonstrate its national culture as a symbol worthy of international recognition.
Guadalajara saw the rise of great personalities such as Vicente Fernández, Guillermo del Toro, José Clemente Orozco, Juan Rulfo and Carlos Santana, among others.
Brimming with colonial ambiance, Guadalajara was founded in 1542, and the architecture that embellishes this vice regal city has many forms: Neo-gothic, Neo-classical and Baroque.
The majestic Metropolitan Cathedral is proof of that.
It is known as Santa María de Gracia, and its yellow towers, 65 meters in length, impressively stand out.
Plazas that form a cross surround this cathedral: Guadalajara Plaza, Liberación de Armas and the Hombres Ilustres circular plaza.
If you ride the turibus, you will be able to enjoy the city in a pleasant ride that contains information of interest about the most representative sites of the city, a more useful way to discover the best of the American Capital of Culture 2005.
The cultural institute “Cabañas”, better known as “Hospicio Cabañas” (Cabin Hostel), with its two series of 16 columns and 53 Orozco murals, is one of the most complete tours that Guadalajara can offer you.
If you make your visit during March, you will find the Guadalajara Film Fest, and during October, the International Puppet Festival of Guadalajara.
Remember that the gastronomy is also an emblematic aspect of the city that you must consider within your vacation plans; for this, you should visit the San Cúan Market (containing the biggest roof in all of Latin America), where you will eat pozole, tamales, menudo, tostadas, sopes, meat in its juices and the traditional birria (spicy goat stew).
These dishes are all a small part of the vast gastronomic variety of Guadalajara, and let’s not forget the traditional drink called Tejuino, corn dough fermented with ice cream and lemon.
If you visit Guadalajara during the months of August and September, you will be able to enjoy the International Mariachi and Charrería Gathering.
During the ending days of October, you will find the International Contemporary Dance Festival “Onésimo González”, and during November you will enjoy the International Book Festival of Guadalajara.
If your family accompanies you, the Crafts Institute of Jalisco, the Palaeontology Museum and the “Globo Museo del Niño Guadalajara” are the best options to entertain your loved ones.
The city’s Museum, the University of Guadalajara and the Crafts Center, called Libertad Market, are also must-see spots.
In this last one, you will find crafts of many forms, such as pottery, glassware, leather-made, silver jewels and regional clothes that will surely become fantastic gifts or souvenirs for all your friends and family.
take the Tequila Route, where you will embark upon a timeless adventure.
This is a trip that combines natural and historic richness, a true heritage of the state of Jalisco, where the emblematic drink of the country, Tequila, is recognized through its elaboration process and the culture that surrounds it.
You must also visit the incredible Degollado Theatre, home of the porch that contains the classical-styled “Apolo and its 9 Muses”, one of the most visited touristic spots, since in its interior, above the vault, you will find a fresco based on the 4th Canto of the Divine Comedy.
We suggest you to try the typical tortas ahogadas since these are an exclusive recipe of the region, and, for the cherry on top, ask for the Jericalla, a delicious dessert! Remember to bring a thin sweater that will protect you from sudden changes in temperature.
Things to see and do
museums, temples, tours, galleries, festivals, gastronomy, concerts and routes.