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Guadalajara

Travel Guide
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Intriguing architecture, mariachi music and mouthwatering food will have you falling in love with one of Mexico’s largest cities.

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.

Where to stay in Guadalajara

Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
4.5 out of 5
Av. Lopez Mateos 830 Col. Chapalita, Guadalajara, JAL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$2,049 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Chapalita, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Minerva and Expo Guadalajara. Avienda Chapultepec and US Consulate General Guadalajara are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (2,068 reviews)
"best hotel in Guadalajara, stayed in many top notch suites including vegas and cancun and this one still beats them."

Reviewed on 2021/8/2

Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
4.5 out of 5
Blvd. Puerta De Hierro 5065, Zapopan, JAL
Fully refundable
The price is NT$3,859 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Financial District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Andares Shopping Center and The Landmark Guadalajara. Basilica de Zapopan and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (960 reviews)
"Safe and clean location with multiple dining and shopping options within short walking distance"

Reviewed on 2021/8/4

Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara
Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara
4 out of 5
Av. Ignacio L. Vallarta 5145, Camino Real, Zapopan, JAL
The price is NT$2,607 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Situated in Zapopan, this spa hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from La Minerva and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Expo Guadalajara. University of Guadalajara Assembly Hall and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (814 reviews)
"Absolutely loved this hotel! Would stay here again. Staff was very attentive and property was very clean. Pool was amazing and service was exceptional."

Reviewed on 2021/8/3

Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara
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European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
3 out of 5
Av Guadalupe 4885, Zapopan, JAL
The price is NT$834 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated in a shopping district, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Glorieta Chapalita, Plaza del Sol, and Expo Guadalajara. La Minerva and Plaza Galerias ...
4.2/5Very Good! (989 reviews)
"We liked the place, the staff was friendly, the building it’s kind outdated but overall it was nice the only negative thing I would say is we had an excellent person cleaning our room who would go the extra mile Yesi, but for some reason there was another person coming to clean the room it was a ..."

Reviewed on 2021/7/22

European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
Demetria Bungalows
Demetria Bungalows
3.5 out of 5
General San Martin No. 177, Col. Lafayette, Guadalajara, JAL
The price is NT$2,111 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 7
Located in Lafayette, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Applicant Service Center and Avienda Chapultepec. US Consulate General Guadalajara and La ...
4.3/5Excellent! (96 reviews)
"This is a traditional bungalow building in the middle of a neighborhood. A great restaurant right next door and many more in walkable distance. Felt extremely safe"

Reviewed on 2021/6/2

Demetria Bungalows
Apartamentos Buenos Aires
Apartamentos Buenos Aires
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Hidalgo 1792, Colonia Ladrón de Guevara, Guadalajara, JAL
The price is NT$1,391 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 7
Situated in Guadalajara, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Applicant Service Center and Avienda Chapultepec. US Consulate General Guadalajara ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
"Penthouse was very nice but we had some issues while there. There were workers doing some work which made ALOT of noise, and they must have dropped something because when we returned home from a day of shopping, the dining room window was cracked. Also the toilet in the master bathroom leaked and ..."

Reviewed on 2021/7/10

Apartamentos Buenos Aires
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