Guadalajara, the 1,2,3
GDL IN ONE DAY
Have a breakfast at the colorfull Mercado Libertad, then have a sit on the Colunga's funny sculptures and visit Orozco murals in Cabañas Cultural Institut. Walk along Plaza Tapatia, youll find the Jewerly center and the street of hichol handycrafts. Take a picture on the Quetzalcoatl fountain and the three with lions (simbol of Gdl). One block west is the Ministery of Tourism, set on the Inquisition building. Get to Plaza los Fundadores, where Gdl was founded and ask for the free tours into the Degollado Theater. Arround the Plaza de la Liberacion, have a time to the churches and the Regional Museum (it has a Mammut, an antropological exhibition and a barroque painting collection), then the Barroque Government Palace (some other Orozco murals), Plaza de Armas and its romantic kiosk, the Cathedral and the County Palace. lunch in downtown (La Chata, Villa Madrid or Sanborns) and take a bus in Juarez Ave to the University of Guadalajara building, where youll find a Neogothic Expiatorio, a Romantic Rectoria and the modern University building just one behind the other.
Have a walk to the west along Vallarta Ave to see the mansions of early XX century and the comercial zone of Chapultepec. Take the Par Vial Bus to the Minerva fountain and here you can visit the Orozco House and have a pic from the Arcs (you can climb to the top and have a nice view from here) Finnaly youll have lot of options to dinner here, from typical Abajeño or Bariachi (both with mariachi music and mexican food) to the fancy Centro Magno with international variety. TWO DAYS:
I recomend you to spend the first day as avobe, and the second day go to Tlaquepaque in the morning, see the inmense variety of crafts. Enjoy mariachi music for free while you drink a beer at 'El Parian'. Visit the Museo de las Artesanias and the Museo del Retiro, where you can see the pieces that have won prices on National Handicraft Contest since 1990.
For cheaper artsandcrafts go to Tonalá. It has been a ceramic center since 800BC and even after Spanish domination, this place has been a Nations refference for 'Barro' work. It has lot of nice stores where producers directly sell their work.
On 1st day, spend the morning on Gdl downtown and afternoon in Tonalá. 2nd go to Zapopan, see the Basilica and the Huichol museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the arcades, have a stroll on the Colomos park (a small forest inside the city) and/or take a taxi to the Minerva zone to see whats descrived avobe. On 3rd, spend the morning in Tlaquepaque and at noon go to the Barranca de Oblatos (see off the beaten path) or visit the museums on your list. ¿have a forth day?, don't loose a trip to Tequila (See page there)
Cute Place for Drinks
Chai is a small chain of restaurants that are known as places to see and be seen. Chai isn't known as a great place to go for a meal, which is why I'd recommend stopping by for drinks on your way to somewhere else for dinner. Their chai lattes are inferior to those at Starbucks, and their sandwiches are sloppy, but the patio at their location on Vallarta is absolutely beautiful. It's located in what looks like an old mansion, with tables spread all over the huge front porch. They do have an expansive drink menu, so don't hesitate to get liquored up before moving on to somewhere else. Downtown, their location on Juarez (near Maestranza but possibly not at that corner) affords great people-watching as well, though in a markedly less beautiful environment.
Mercado San Juan De Dios
A Market place, full of people were you can find a little of all, a lot of imitations (channel,etc) and honestly is not that cheap, better stuff to buy at Tonala. The only stuff worth buying are the typical mexican candies, and leather jackets, other stuff is not so great. The food, I will not risk my health like that, but if you want to try it, there's a lot to choose from.
Jalisco folk dance
Jalisco Folk dancing is a type of traditional, communal dancing, passed down from generation to generation in a social or recreational atmosphere. Folk dance uses traditional costumes and accessories which aids in preserving the link to local cultural heritage. The types of dances include, contest dances, courtship and wedding dances, holiday and religious dances and dances for the fun of movement alone.
Many different steps are used in folk dance - walking, running, hopping, skipping, leaping, sliding, and jumping. The way these steps are performed depends on the traditional style of the region, the kind of musical accompaniment, outfits worn by dancers, climate, and the history of the country.
"The Womens outfits"
Women wear light and colorful outfits, typically with many ribbons and beautiful lace sewn onto the arms, bodice and hem of the skirt. it is an ornate adaptation of dresses typically worn during the 18th century. It is made so that the skirt will lift up to show a colorful petticoat underneath when dancing.
"The Mens outfits"
Men usually where a Mexican cowboy or charro outfit, black or brown suits with tight fitting trousers trimmed down the sides with a double row of gold or silver buttons called plata . A white shirt and rebozo (or hanging, folded) tie is also worn. A large hat or sombrero completes the outfit. Mariachi musicians have made this outfit famous.
"Men Dance style"
Men dance with the hands behind their backs and stamp out the rhythms featured in each song. The man also uses his sombrero while dancing the national dance of Mexico, jarabe tapatio , a courtship dance also known as the Mexican hat dance. The man tosses the hat on thefloor in front of a woman; if she accepts him, she dances on its wide brim. The dance ends with a modest kiss behind the hat.
"Women Dance style"
Women also carry out intricate rhythms of each dance but with a more feminine flair. Her feet gracefully stamp out the rhythms while her skirt waves in a continual motion. She spins and twirls to show off the many colorful ribbons and petticoats she wears.
Many dances would probably have been lost if they had not been carried on by communities. Folk dance is an extremely popular recreation with many of the steps making it into popular style --