Can you tell me where they sell tacos here?
This isn´t referring to a particular Mexican restaurant, but more so ALL the restaruants here...in fact, asking for a taco place here is like asking for a 7-11 in the States...just open your eyes, and there it is...
The best thing about it is that the more out of the way and cheap looking the place is, the better the tacos usually are. They do have places like Chili´s here, but they are way more overpriced and not as tasty as the little joint down the street that doesn´t even have a name and one of the workders is an 80 year old guy with bad vision...its all about the end product, folks...
Basilica de Zapopan
To the north of the city center lies the Basilica of Zapopan (Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Zapopan), a basilica housing a wooden statue of the virgin that is said to have miraculous powers. Every year, on October 12th, a procession of everyone from regular Mexican Catholics to dancers in pre-Colombian attire carry a statue of the virgin from the Cathedral in the city center all the way to the basilica in Zapopan. Any day of the year you can visit the basilica to attend a service (almost hourly) and check out the architecture, and on Sundays there are street markets surrounding the chuch, as well as performances by Huichol dancers in the late afternoon.
Metropolis with lots of charm
Initially Guadalajara was just considered a kind of thoroughfare in the Mexican west. It later became a very touristy city and an obliged visit in West of the country. Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco and has a history of about 450 years.
Various indigenous groups including the Aztecs initially inhabited the area of Jalisco. When the Spaniards began their conquest and colonization of Mexico, they tried to establish Guadalajara to have representation in the eastern part of the country. There were a total of four attempts to found the city but were warded off by the indigenous people fought hard to avoid the colonization of their land.
In 1742 wheels were put in motion for the creation of the Universidad de Guadalajara and the first printing press was established in 1792 enabling El Despertador Americano (The American Awakener), the first independent newspaper, to be published in 1810. Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla or the Father of Independence was instrumental in abolishing slavery. This set the stage for a war of Reform in Jalisco. The city suffered two hard fought wars with the French in 1864. After World War II the city’s economy grew with the shoe and clothing industry. In 1965 the October Fest was announced to the city's official celebrations to attract tourism and promote commerce, culture and entertainment. Gradually the city has become a tourist destination recognized globally for it rich cultural heritage, traditions, exhibits as well as its congresses and conventions