Best Tourist Places to Visit in Guadalajara, Mexico, America

Best Tourist Places to Visit in Guadalajara, Mexico, America

Guadalajara is the capital city of Jalisco state in Mexico. The municipality of Guadalajara is the 2nd most populous municipality in the country with population of more than 1,564,500. Guadalajara city is in the 10th position in population, GDP and urban area in Latin America. The higher percentage of revenue source of Guadalajara is based on industries, especially on IT.


Geography of Guadalajara:

Guadalajara is placed at the coordinates of 20°40′ N 103°21′ W with an altitude of 1,566 meters above sea level. Guadalajara city spans over an area of 151 sq. km. and metro covers 2,734 sq. km.


Etymology of Guadalajara:

The name of Guadalajara derives from the Spanish city of Guadalajara. Guadalajara was founded by Cristobal de Onate on February 14th, 1542.


Connectivity to Guadalajara:

Guadalajara is served by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport located around 20 km away from the downtown Guadalajara, with scheduled flights to domestic locations and the major cities of USA and Canada. Some air operators include AeroMexico, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and Copa Airlines.

The major bus terminal of Guadalajara is placed in Tonala suburb. Generally bus journey costs around $6 for local travel. Taxis are expensive, so it is better to rely on public buses for safe and inexpensive journey.


Culture, Food and Shopping in Guadalajara:

Guadalajara is the cultural capital of Mexico and is the site of international cultural events namely Guadalajara International Film Festival and International Book Fair of Guadalajara.

The eateries of Guadalajara are very famous all over the country and most famous one is Torta ahogada. Some major food corners in Guadalajara include:

  • Tortas ahogadas
  • La Rinconada
  • Fonda San Miguel
  • El Sacromonte

The prominent shopping centers in Guadalajara are:

  • Mercado Libertad
  • Plaza Galerias
  • Tianguis el Baratillo
  • Plaza del Sol


Things to do in Guadalajara:

  • Estadio Jalisco
  • Estadio Omnilife
  • Feria Internacional del Libro
  • Las Posadas
  • Estadio 3 de Marzo
  • Festival Internacional de Cine


Places of interest in Guadalajara:

Guadalajara Cathedral:

Guadalajara Cathedral is one of the top tourist sites in Mexico placed in Guadalajara, constructed with the mixture of 3 architectural styles such as gothic, neoclassical and Palladian. The mural “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin” is worth watch.


Guadalajara Zoo:

Guadalajara Zoo is located at the edge of the city featuring reptile house, nocturnal environment exhibit, safari ride and much more. Buses are regularly available at downtown Guadalajara to reach Zoo.


Templo Expiatorio del Santisimo Sacramento:

Templo Expiatorio del Santisimo Sacramento is devoted to Blessed Sacrament. This Catholic Church was constructed in 1972 with neo-Gothic style architecture. The outer structure of the church is truly superb.


Other places of interest in Guadalajara are as follows:

  • Plaza of the Crosses
  • Plaza Guadalajara
  • Plaza de Armas
  • Rotonda de los Jalicienses Ilustres
  • Museo Regional de Guadalajara
  • Mercado Libertad
  • Instituto Cultutal Cabanas
  • El Panteon de Belen
  • Arcos Vallarta
  • Glorieta Minerva
  • Glorieta Chapalita
  • Barranca de Oblatos


Best time to visit Guadalajara:

Tourists can visit Guadalajara during the months of autumn (October to November) while weather remains cool and pleasant.


Accommodation options in Guadalajara:

Guadalajara is home to both expensive and inexpensive accommodation centers; generally budget hotels charge 200Peso per night, mid range-500Peso and luxury-1000Peso. The prominent hotels in Guadalajara are listed here below:

  • Quinta Don Jose Boutique Hotel
  • Hostel Tequila Backpacker
  • Hostal Galeria
  • Hostel de Maria
  • Hostel Guadalajara Centro
  • Hotel la Calandria
  • Hotel San Francisco Plaza
  • Posada del Marques
  • Casa Venezuela
  • NH Guadalajara
  • Fiesta Americana Guadalajara
  • Quinta Real
  • Hotel de Mendoza
  • La Mansion del Sol
  • Villa Ganz

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