Beautiful gothic temple located a few blocks southwest from the main downtown area.
I found out about this temple on VT, and I decided I wanted to see it even though I didn't keep many details about it in my mind. I overlooked the fact that it was a gothic church -- and that is my favorite style EVER! So I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived there -- it looked so beautiful even from several streets away. My friend who lives there has also visited it but she forgot to recommend me to go there, although she admitted she liked this church a lot when I asked her about it later on (after my visit).
Even though this church isn't "pure gothic" in style and it was built between the late 1890s and the early 1970s, I did feel almost as if I were in France visiting one of their wonderful gothic temples. It is impressive and very well maintained.
One of Guadalajara's main symbols, this impressive church - where many different architecture styles are mixed - is located right in downtown, next to the State government palace, a cute little square on the right side and the Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres on the left side.
Visiting the downtown is a great experience, there you will find the history ofthe city and a lot of historical buildings including the symbol of the city, the Chatedral.
You can take a tour in a "Calandria" (an old transport pulled by a horse) or by tourist bus, the last one is shipper and speak English also.
If you are interested in general about Guadalara please check the web site attached.
A charreada is well a Mexican rodeo, and in Jalisco it is very popular a real recognized sport with strict rules and lots of competitions. I think in some ways it is Mexican for NASCAR. Both men and women compete, wearing colorful Mexican cowboy costumes trimmed in silver studs. The horsemen show off there lasso ability and make their mounts dance to a live Mariachi band, while vendors go through the stands selling drinks and and snacks. Really cool stuff
Charreadas are held in Guadalajara every Sunday, starting Noon, at the Lienzo Charro de Jalisco arena opposite the Parque Agua Azul on Avendia R. Michel. Tickets cost 20 pesos and the competition lasts approximately two and a half hours. Call 3619-3232 for more information. During the Mariachi Festival, the Mexican National Charro Championship will be held September the first weekend in Sept at the Lienzo Charro Ignacio Zermeño located at Avenida Maestros and Ramos Millan in Colonia Chapultepec Country. Tickets are 100 pesos and include mariachi performances.
See travelog for the whole trip story -- tequila express Travelogues
This is some really special trip the VTer gets to enjoy the Mexican people enjoying there own culture and tradition. The Vter gets to Visit the Hacienda San José del Refugio home of Tequila Herradura where you will see the new and old process of making this famous Mexican drink. To top it off during the tour you’ll have open bar of tequila along with, mariachi music, folkloric ballet, Mexican food and lots of fun.
The Tequila Express departs for Tequila( well almost to Tequila) on Saturdays Mornings the trip Includes a guided tour of the Herradura distillery, a Mexican Hociendia lunch, live mariachis and Mexican folk Music and dancing performed by the Ballet folklorica and of course tequila. Tours leave from Guadalajara train station at about 11 Am but you need to be at the station at 10 a.m.; the cost is about $75 a person.
For more information and tickets, visit the websites below
Please note one can not buy a ticket at the train station I tried. The Taxi driver took me down the road a short distance to a Ticketmaster outlet in a near by mall where the ticket was purchased.
Also, very important you can not buy the ticket online (I tried) unless you have American Express Card or a Mexican issued Visa or Masgtercard. My USA Issued Mastercards and Visa did not work had to pay cash at the window.
Also -- you should try and get your ticket 2 weeks a head of time-- I do not know how you can do that without an American Express card if you live outside of Mexico.
The city bus tour is an experience that you wil neve forget. If it is a good day, you can sit atop the two deck bus and enjoy the open air while touring. You will see from the Plaza de Armes to the Templo Expiatorio. A must do when you visit Guadalajara. Only 11.00 (USD) or 110 pesos per person.
The best theater in México. No kidding! is a piece of art! The Degollado theater is located in the city's downtown and was inaugurated on 13 September 1866 .
Inside there are paintings by Jacobo Gálvez and Gerardo Suárez from 1861.
A visit to Guadalajara is never complete without a trip to Tonala, at least for me!.
Tonala is not the typical touristic place, is more a suburb area with the biggest marketplace for Mexican art crafts in Guadalajara, specially furniture, Pottery and glass art work, and the best prices. On Thrusday and Sunday there's a Tianguis (street market) with better prices but more crowded, so if you go this days better go between 9:00a-11:00am, with the hours you will find more difficult to walk.
Guadalajara has several amazing cemetaries that you can visit to get a sense of the city's history. The most atmospheric has to be Panteon de Belen, which is located just two blocks behind the immigration building (which, if I recall, is #500 Avenida Alcade). It's creepy, spooky and hasn't been used in more than one hundred years. Unfortunately, when I visited, the cemetary was closed for renovations and had no plans to open in the near future. To find out when the cemetary re-opens, you should contact Tourist Information.
Because I couldn't get inside Panteon de Belen, I ended up at Panteon de Mezquitan, a larger cemetary that has many historic graves but is also still in use. There are several sections in this cemetary, including dedicated sections for English, French and German "residents". Entrance is free and you can explore the cemetary freely, just be polite and remember that almost all of the other people you see around you are there to mourn the loss of a loved one. Put your camera down as you approach anyone. Panteon de Mezquitan is the large expanse bordered by Calle Enrique Diaz de Leon to the west, Ave. Federalisimo to the east, and Calle de los Maestros to the north. You can get there easily by light rail.
Behind the Teatro Degollado and on a side of the Plaza de los Fundadores (Founders' Plaza) , you will found the statue of Beatriz Hernández wich commemorates a woman who lives in the hearts of all Tapatíos. Most known as the foundress of Guadalajara. Legend has it that she was a woman of strong and decisive character. One day, when the Spanish were indecisive about where exactly the new city should be founded, Beatriz Hernández asked to speak and counseled them that it should be in the Valle de Atemajac—just east of the area that today we call the historic center of Guadalajara. The statue in her memory is more than six feet high, a size as heroic as her personality.
A beautiful circular monument-cementery located next to Cathedral. This is the resting place for the military, political, and artistic elite born in Jalisco. The stone markers stand in a double circle around an eternal flame.
Among the famous buried here are the artists Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, and Gerardo Murillo; presidents Sebastian Lerdo de Tejada, Valentín Gómez Farías, and Plutarco Calles; musicians Jaime Nuño (author of the Mexican national anthem), Juventino Rosas, and Agustín Lara; and outstanding citizens such as the philanthropist and writer Carlos Pellicer. In the year 2000, the remains of educator Irene Robledo, the first woman given this honor, were transferred to the Rotonda.
Stop in the building at the entrance and the guard will give you a map with a list (in Spanish and English) of those buried here, which includes biographical information.
Open: Daily 6am-6pm.Free admission
An opportunity you should not miss is to watch the famous "Arcos de Vallarta" this is a beautiful monument representative of Guadalajara, build in 1942 by Arq. Aurelio Aceves to celebrate the 400 years of foundation of the city. The monument was originally build it at the entrance to the city, but now is located at a very central location within the city.
The main Door were made of wood of Granadillo by Jesús Gómez Velazco and have incrustations of bronze made by Benito Castañeda. At the front facade it has 3 italian mosaics, made at the Vatican Mosaics factory.
The temple was made mostly of carved stone as was used in the Middle Age, and something that calls much the attention is their enormous vitrales executed by Jaques and Gérard Degusseau from Orleans, France according to cardboards of the artist and painter Maurice Rocher of Paris.
A Beautiful Catholic Church with Gothic Arquitecture. The design was made by the Arq. Adamo Boari ( the same famous italian arquitect brought to México by Porfirio Diaz, same that designed the Famous "Palacio de Bellas Artes" (Bellas Artes Palace) in México city and the "Edificio de Correo" (Post Office Palace) also in México city.
The building of the temple started in 1911 and ended in 1972.
It has an interesting German clock that at the Time of mass make 25 bells sound one of 25 song (religios and other typical mexican), at the sound of the music there's a pilgrimage of statues (saints)
Open: 7am-9pm daily
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.