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Guadalajara is a great vacation destination for visitors seeking a taste of authentic
Mexican culture combined with numerous activities and the modern comforts only a big city
can provide. Guadalajara is the proud state capital of Jalisco and the second most populated city
in Mexico. Guadalajara's history dates to the 16th century and the rich heritage of México's colonial
gem is evident everywhere you look. Full of monuments, parks and flowers, fountains and tree lined
avenues, Guadalajara is an incredibly diverse and stately city with amazing qualities, both modern and
historic, that embrace all who visit.
Guadalajara is located in the central region of the state and in the western-Pacific area of Mexico.
Also known as La Perla del Occidente (Pearl of the West), Guadalajara is the birthplace of Mexico's
most famous traditions: tequila, charreadas (Mexican rodeos), Mexican hat dance and mariachi music.
Guadalajara has been declared, “The Most Mexican City” because of its authenticity. Guadalajara is
one of the principal centers of culture, economy, history, industry and religion in the country and
exerts significant influence on the rest of Mexico.
Guadalajara's historic center: A must on any visitors list
Guadalajara and the surrounding state of Jalisco are two of Mexico's most beautiful and historic showpieces.
Guadalajara has plenty of attractions to keep it's visitors busy. The things to here and
sights of interest abound everywhere inside and outside the city.
A must on any visitors list of things to do in Guadalajara is the historic center.
Guadalajara's historic center is a great place to get acquainted with some of its
areas history and also get a taste of the incredible colonial architecture that
has made Guadalajara the envy of other Mexican cities.
The landscape of the historic center is dominated by the colonial Cathedral,
built between 1561 and 1618 by the architect Martín Casillas in an early Baroque style. The
current Gothic spires replaced the original ones, which were destroyed by an earthquake in the
Behind the cathedral lies the Teatro Degollado (Degollado Theater), a
monumental 19th-century building and one of the city’s main cultural arts venues.
One of the most interesting places of historical interest in Guadalajara is the
Government Palace. Lodging of the insurgent, Miguel
Hidalgo, who passed the law abolishing slavery from that very palace in 1810 and years
later, the headquarters of the Federal Government when, Don Benito Juárez, the
great patriot, took over the building during his flight from the conservative troops
of Generals Miramón and Márquez.
Just behind the Cathedral lies the spacious Liberation Square. Sunday
afternoons on the Square are filled with many people watching magicians and mimes, listening
to musicians, buying things from street vendors among the fountains and tabachin trees.
One can also admire the statue of Father Miguel Hidalgo, the father of Mexican Independence.
Founder's Square is located at the rear of the Degollado Theater at the end
of Plaza Tapatia. The plaza contains a fountain and a relief sculpture of the first settlers
of the city. It marks the exact site where Guadalajara was first settled.
Guadalajara & Jalisco: Two of Mexico's most beautiful and historic showpieces
When visiting Guadalajara, day trips will showcase the state's diverse natural beauty.
Many visitors enjoy the gorgeous villages lining Lake Chapala, Mexico's largest freshwater lake.
Others head for the rugged Sierra Madre mountains and the tranquil alpine villages of Tapalpa and
Mazamitla and of course no one cannot miss the town of Tequila, where Mexico’s most famous drink
The suburbs of Tonala and Tlaquepaque have some of the country's
best crafts. Tonala is the pottery capital of Jalisco and the only city in the nation where more than
10 traditional techniques are used to make various crafts. Craftsmen village, Tlaquepaque owes its prestige
and international renown to the skilled potters that mold the local clay. It is a wonderful
place for buying high-quality craftwork, not least because of the excellent prices found in
this town that was once the soul of Mexico.
Two city parks stand out as excellent places to spend some leisure time. Los Colomos Park is
located in a forest within the city and is an excellent place stroll or to get some active
exercise. "The Castle" is a small cultural center and there are paths that lead to other
special areas including areas set aside for picnics and family outings. The Japanese Gardens,
donated by Guadalajara's sister city of Kyoto, Japan, are an incredibly peaceful sanctuary
within the park. Parque Agua Azul, a Guadalajara tradition, is located in the southern section
of the city. This park is divided into two parts, connected by a bridge, and it is huge. There
are large green areas, a butterfly house, bird house, orchid house and various entertainment
venues, some especially for the kids.
There is also a wonderful zoo, a soccer stadium for the local team "Chivas de
Guadalajara" and bullfights at Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progreso.
Guadalajara is reasonably close to Puerto Vallarta (about a four-hour drive),
so it's a good option if you want to see a bit of the countryside before heading to the beach.
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