Guadalajara awaits: its cathedral, live music, culture, and more!

Many praise Mexico’s second-largest city for having produced mariachi and tequila, for being a modern, cultural city with malls and urban parks and for its grand historical buildings.

Guadalajara is the capital of the central Mexican state of Jalisco and the sprawling metropole is home to about 4.5 million people. The highly developed city has wide avenues and modern offices, but also reveals a rich cultural identity.

Many of the city’s historic plazas and cathedrals have been preserved and can be found in the Centro Histórico and surroundings. A small metro network connects the major sites. Visit the 17th-century Catedral Metropolitana (Catedral Basílica de la Asunción de María Santísima), adorned with neo-Gothic towers.

Take a seat on the Plaza de Armas just to the south of the cathedral or admire the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Illustres on the opposite side of the cathedral. To the east is the Plaza de la Liberación, where you can see the statue of Miguel Hidalgo, commemorating the abolishment of slavery. Don’t miss the plaza’s neoclassical Teatro Degollado, where folk dancing is still performed today.

The huge, covered Mercado Libertad (Liberty Market) is a good place to try authentic Mexican food. Snack on tamales stuffed with meat and cheese or sit down for a bowl of birria stew, a local delicacy. To see the contemporary side of the city, admire the artistic fountain on Plaza Tapatia or shop at the Plaza del Sol.

Use one of Guadalajara’s many affordable buses to explore the edges of the city. Don‘t miss the expansive Zoológico Guadalajara and its rare Mexican wolves.

Guadalajara’s climate is relatively mild due to its location at 5,200 feet (1,585 meters) above sea level. The days are mostly sunny and evenings are cool. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit.

Guadalajara sits between central Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta on the west coast. Guadalajara’s international airport is 9.9 miles (16km) south of the city center from where regional buses can take you all around Mexico.

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Shopping, Live Music and Dancing

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Where to stay in Guadalajara

Downtown Guadalajara
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Downtown Guadalajara

Shopping, Cathedrals, Museums

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Downtown Guadalajara. If sightseeing is on the list, Plaza de Armas is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Plaza Universidad Station or San Juan de Dios Station to see more of the area.

Centro
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Centro

Cathedrals, Architecture, Historical Buildings

Architecture, historic sites, and shopping highlight some notable features of Centro. Make a stop by Plaza de Armas or Guadalajara Cathedral while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at San Juan de Dios Station or Plaza Universidad Station to get around town.

San Juan de Dios
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San Juan de Dios

UNESCO Site, Culture, Shopping

Well-liked for its live music and shopping, San Juan de Dios is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Hospicio Cabanas and Mercado Libertad, and jump on the metro at San Juan de Dios Station to get around the city.

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Top Hotels in Guadalajara

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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RIU Plaza Guadalajara
4.5 out of 5
Av. Lopez Mateos 830 Col. Chapalita, Guadalajara, JAL
$89/night
Sep 15 - Sep 16
4.6/5Wonderful! (2,460 reviews)

Located in Chapalita, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Minerva and Expo Guadalajara. Avienda Chapultepec and United States Consulate Guadalajara ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,460 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel, very good food and service!!! The location is good and the view wonderful!!!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

RIU Plaza Guadalajara
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Hotel Santiago de Compostela
3 out of 5
Ave Colon 272 A, Guadalajara, JAL
$26/night
Aug 23 - Aug 24
4/5Very Good! (1,327 reviews)

Located in Downtown Guadalajara, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Biblioteca Octavio Paz, Plaza de Armas, and Guadalajara Cathedral. University of Guadalajara ...

4/5Very Good! (1,327 reviews)

"Historic feel with excellent maintenance and service"…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Hotel Santiago de Compostela
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Krystal Urban Guadalajara
3.5 out of 5
Av. Lopez Cotilla 2077, Arcos Vallarta, Guadalajara, JAL
$53/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,195 reviews)

Located in the heart of Guadalajara, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Los Arcos de Guadalajara and La Minerva. Avienda Chapultepec and United States ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,195 reviews)

"Friendly staff clean rooms also the price was within my budget"…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Krystal Urban Guadalajara

Popular things to do in Guadalajara

Hospicio Cabanas
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Hospicio Cabanas

Discover famous murals, admire fine architecture and explore the grounds of one of South America’s largest former hospitals at this World Heritage Site.

Basilica de Zapopan
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Basilica de Zapopan

This picturesque sanctuary lights up the town at night and is home to a famous Virgin statue and indigenous artworks.

La Minerva
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La Minerva

See the famous statue of a Roman goddess at this iconic fountain, which is a popular spot for locals to meet and celebrate sporting victories.

Plaza de Armas
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Plaza de Armas

Relax and watch live music in this spacious green plaza in the heart of Guadalajara’s historic center, surrounded by many of the city’s most famous sites.

Guadalajara Cathedral
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Guadalajara Cathedral

With its gothic twin spires, this church is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Guadalajara and has a fascinating history.

El Parian
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El Parian

Listen to mariachi bands and enjoy authentic local dishes in this lively square or shop for arts and crafts in this thriving cultural region.

Top activities in Guadalajara

Guadalajara Zoo & Safari Admission
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Guadalajara Zoo & Safari Admission

$16

Spend a day getting to know the many animal species of Guadalajara Zoo. This Diamante Pass gives you access to all of the zoo's incredible activities and exhibits, letting you get personal encounters with Adelie penguins, embark on an African safari, and see the animals of the Australian Outback.

Tequila with Distillery Tour
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Tequila with Distillery Tour

$75

Discover one of the most outstanding visits of this city. Meet and marvel at the blue agave fermentation and distillation process. We begin our tour with a visit to the Agave fields called “Buenos Aires” of Mundo Cuervo, in which we will witness a demonstration of the traditional jima of the agave.

Mariachi Performance with Dinner
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Mariachi Performance with Dinner

$77

Immerse yourself in the culture and tradition of Mexico as you experience an authentic Mexican fiesta with mariachi music and folkloric dances. Delight in a sumptuous Mexican feast in a lively and festive atmosphere.

Romantic Lake Chapala Tour
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Romantic Lake Chapala Tour

$77

Venture outside of Guadalajara to take in the stunning natural scenery of Lago de Chapala—Mexico's largest lake—and explore the cobbled streets, galleries, and whitewashed homes of the charming village of Ajijic.

Tequila Distillery Tour
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Tequila Distillery Tour

$90

Delve into the culture, history, and industry of tequila, and explore the process of producing the libation from agave plant to bottle during this guided tour of the fields, factories, and tasting rooms of this fiesta-fueling Mexican national spirit.

Pase Platino
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Pase Platino

$9

Visit: Selva Magica, Paseo del Zoologico 600 Huentitán, Guadalajara 44390 Mexico Your ticket to Selva Magica will offer you an unforgettable experience. Depending on which type of admission ticket you select (Mega, Platinum or Platinum VIP pass), you can discover over 35 different attractions.

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