Favorite thing: Starbucks is at the Airport, on the ground floor... north end. They are a, "Hot-Spot," everywhere. The trick is you have to join "Prodigy" which costs 10 dollars a month for the service. Other than that it's free, though, so worth it in North and South America. You can gain access, using your laptop, etc., and sign up with your credit card at any Starbucks. You can cancel your account when you are done traveling... I currently live in Kunming, China. The first Starbucks opened in china in 2004 within two years, China had more Starbucks shops than America....
EVRY DAY A NEW THING.
My cel telephone in Guadalajara, say Hi... 044333 1705909
My Home ph. (33) 36735080
Consulates in Guadalajara (GDL)
American: Progreso # 175 Tel. 3825-2700
Canadian: Hotel Fiesta Americana L-30, Tel. 3616-5642
Holland: Av. Vallarta # 5500 Tel. 3673-2211
Germany: Av. Corona # 202 Tel. 3613-9623
France: Av. Lopez Mateos # 484 Tel. 3616-5516
Spain: Av. Vallarta # 2185 Tel. 3630-0466
American Express Travel Services...Agencia de Viajes - Cheques de Viajero, etc. Plaza Los Arcos 1-A ph:3818-2323
Private Ambulance: 3615-0058 (English Spoken)
Hospital del Carmen: Emergency Room - ICU
Tel: 3813-0025 Emergencies: 3813-1224 (24 hrs)
Dr. Alfonso Villalobos: (Speaks English) - 3826-9955
Hospital San Javier: 3669-0222 (U.S. Insurance)
Red Cross: 3613-1550
English speaking Dentist, they atend us: Dr. Javier Lomely ph. 36164356 /7596 Emergency:cel 044333 3940533. Add.: 2257 Ninos Heroes Av.
English speaking Oftalmologist. Dr. Pedro Ruiz 3642 8181. Add. Manuel Acuña 2941(Clinic Santa Lucia)
Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles..... (213) 351-6800
Mexican Consulate in San Francisco... (415) 392-2897
Mexican Consulate in San Diego....... (619) 231-0337
Mexican Consulate in New York........ (212) 689-0456
Mexican Consulate in Vancouver........ (604) 684-3547
Jalisco State Tourist Information Office....(33).. 3668-1600
Police: 080 (Emergencies, traffic, fire etc)
Fondest memory: It is best to purchase Pre-Paid cards or dial 01 800 111-SAVE from any phone in Mexico. You can use this number to make credit card calls or collect calls.
points of intrest
1.Templo De San Felipe
2.Templo De Santa Monica
3.Templo De La Merced
4.Templo De San Francisco
5.Templo De Aranzazu
6.Iglesia De San Agustin
7.Iglesia De San Juan De Dios
8.Satuario De Nuestra Senora Del Carmen
11.Palacio De Gobierno
12.Palacio De Justicia
14.Museo Del Estado
15.Inst. Cultural Cabanas
Plazas Y Jardines
18.Plaza De La Liberación
19.Plaza De Armas
20.Plaza De Los Laureles
24.Jardin De San Francisco
26.Jardín Del Carmen
28.Rotonda De Los Hombres Ilustres
29.Plaza De Los Mariachis
30.Plaza De Universidad
31. Teatro Degollado
17.Monumento A La Independencia
32. Mercado Libert
I found the local English language newspaper the Guadalajara Reporter very helpful. What I used to find out information about what was on in town were to get tickets and even one of our tour guides.
Favorite thing: One thing to remember when you go to the nightclubs in Guadalajara, is that the drinks can be as expensive as they are in Canada or the United States. However, the beer is still cheaper than the hard alcohol, sometimes costing half as much. In one particular upperclass nightclub, for example, a shot of tequila was 70 pesos ($6.50 US), but a bottle of Sol was only 35 pesos. AND be sure when you order hard alcohol, you know what brand you are getting...if not, they will give you the most expensive and your wallet will be emptied before your bladder is...
Fondest memory: I swear, one in every ten people here are sporting neck braces. I don´t know if this is because of the fact their driving is so erratic here (I believe I have mentioned the fact that pedestrians are considered roadkill), or the fact that Mexicans have no support in their necks. Either way, I need to get me one of these...I am starting to look unstylish...
Favorite thing: Having taken fifty-seven years to build it was dedicated to the 'Assumption' in 1618. In 1750 its façade was destroyed by an earthquake, which was later rebuilt. An intriguing combination of Baroque, Churrigueresque and neo-classical architectural styles, the cathedral is the focal point of central Guadalajara. The interior is a showcase of 16th to 18th-century Spanish art and includes the famous 17th-century painting by Bartolome Esteban Murillo, 'The Assumption of the Virgin', which hangs in the sacristy.
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.
Fondest memory: 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)
Favorite thing: There are many nice walkways in downtown Guadalajara. Stroll by them and take yourself some great pictures. This is a 3-dimension life-size bronze monument of the city Coat of Arms, which has 2 lions standing at a tree.
Favorite thing: ONE OF OUR MUST BUSY HIGHWAYS, IT TAKES YOU TO THE AIRPORT AND BUS STATION AND GET ACROSS THE CITY ALSO FROM EAST TO WEST.
Favorite thing: Free tours are available thanks to the County Tourist office, ask at the Palacio Municipal (they use to have 3 itineraries every morning)