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Discovering Mexico's Rich Culture: A Guide to Exploring Guadalajara

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

Guadalajara, the capital city of Jalisco state in Mexico, is a vibrant and historic city that offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the country's rich culture and heritage. From its colonial architecture to its traditional cuisine, Guadalajara has something to offer every type of traveler. In this blog post, we'll share some tips and recommendations for visiting this charming city.

Getting There

Guadalajara is well-connected to other cities in Mexico and beyond, with flights from major cities in the United States and Canada. Once you arrive at Guadalajara International Airport, you can take a taxi or bus to your accommodation. The city also has a metro system, making it easy to get around. The cheapest way to travel within Guadalajara is via Uber, however, the Uber drivers are not allowed to enter the airport so you might need to walk a little further.

Where to Stay

Guadalajara has a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and preferences. If you want to stay in the historic center, consider booking a room in one of the city's colonial-style hotels. Alternatively, you can stay in one of the more modern neighborhoods, such as Zapopan or Tlaquepaque.

We stayed in a hotel called Baruk Hotel de Autor using the Expedia app. Brauk is a well-located hotel close to Chapultepec with a yummy breakfast restaurant on the first floor, and great customer service. However, if you are looking to stay in a classic Mexican hotel, Baruk has more of a modern, Middle Eastern ambiance. We stayed in the suite with a view and enjoyed the beautiful Guadalajara view.

Things to Do

Guadalajara has plenty to offer visitors, whether you're interested in history, culture, or food.

Here are some of the top things to do in the city:

1. Visit the historic center: The city's historic center is home to some of its most important landmarks, including the Cathedral of Guadalajara, the Plaza de Armas, and the Government Palace.

2. Explore the art and culture: Guadalajara is home to many museums, galleries, and cultural centers, including the Instituto Cultural Cabañas, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a bus tour of the whole city and enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery from the rooftop.

3. Indulge in the local cuisine: Guadalajara is famous for its traditional cuisine, including dishes like birria (spicy stew) and tequila. Be sure to try some of the local street food, too!

Make sure to walk through the Main Street, Chapultepec, and try the many different types of food. We absolutely fell in love with the ceviche from King Roll Sushi.

4. Take a day trip to Tequila: Tequila, a small town about an hour's drive from Guadalajara, is the birthplace of Mexico's national drink. You can tour a tequila distillery and learn about the history and production process of this famous beverage. You can find a day tour on Expedia that will take you to different distilleries and experience various tequila tastings. Read more about Tequila, Jalisco at Unveiling the Charm of Tequila, Jalisco: A Journey through Mexico's Iconic Town. And watch my viral TikTok about how to drink Tequila here.

5. Visit the Rancho Los Tres Potrillos: The iconic Mexican artist, Vicente Fernandez is buried in his family’s home where his wife, Cuquita still resides. his son, Alejandro Fernandez will host traditional Mexican charreadas here. There is a majestic statue of Chente at the entrance and the famous guitar pool. It is an unforgettable and beautiful experience that you can’t miss!

6. Nightlife in Chapultepec: Chapultepec is a neighborhood located in Guadalajara, Mexico, known for its vibrant nightlife scene. The area boasts a variety of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants, catering to a diverse range of tastes and preferences. Whether you're looking for live music, dancing, or simply a place to enjoy a few drinks with friends, there is something for everyone in Chapultepec. The streets are often bustling with people until the early hours of the morning, and the energy and atmosphere of the neighborhood create a lively and exciting vibe that is hard to resist. Overall, the nightlife in Chapultepec is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the vibrant culture and entertainment scene of Guadalajara.

7. Chapala & Tlaquepaque: If you're looking to experience some of the best cultural and historical sites that Mexico has to offer, then visiting Tlaquepaque and Chapala should be on your list. Tlaquepaque is a charming colonial town located just outside Guadalajara, known for its traditional Mexican art and architecture. The town is filled with boutique shops, art galleries, and street vendors selling handmade crafts and goods. Its cobblestone streets, brightly painted buildings, and charming plazas make for a picturesque and unforgettable experience.

On the other hand, Chapala is a small town located on the shore of Lake Chapala, the largest freshwater lake in Mexico. It is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike, offering stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk along the Malecon, a boardwalk that runs along the lake, and indulge in some delicious local cuisine. Overall, visiting Tlaquepaque and Chapala is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Mexico while enjoying the beautiful scenery and vibrant atmosphere of these charming towns.

In Conclusion

Guadalajara is a vibrant and historic city that is well worth a visit for anyone traveling to Mexico. With its rich culture, delicious cuisine, and fascinating landmarks, there is plenty to see and do in this charming city. So why not book your trip to Guadalajara today and experience the best of Mexico's culture and heritage?


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