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    Tequila express

    by Ekahau Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    charreada

    by Ekahau Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Basilica of the Virgin of Zapopan

    by Ekahau Written May 16, 2006

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    If you want to follow in the footsteps of Pope John Paul this is the place to come. We were luck to get there at the time of a service and join in. The priest had such a wonderful voice this VTer almost became catholic. The 17th-century church is a very baroqueish/plateresque styles and well one more Basilica you say - I can hear it now. The difference is in Mexico the churches are full of people doing really import stuff to them and you get to watch even interact - oh what a vter dream. The Virgin of Zapopan was given to the “New Christian” Indians of the area during the first year of Spanish settlement, 1542. The Indians called Her "The Evangelizer" after the tiny figure worn by the Franciscan Friar Don Antonio de Segovia in his visits from place to place, talking with the Indians. The Indians hid the little Virgin when they became concerned that She might be taken from them and sent to Rome once miracles began to be attributed to Her in the early 1600's. The follower of the Virgin of Zapopan practically began with the start of Guadalajara. The little Virgin is much revered and the object of many pilgrimages. On one side of the church is a nice museum and store dedicated to the betterment of the Huichol Indians. Around is a wide Plaza several blocks. This is the religious center of Guadalajara.

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    Ballet Folklorico

    by Ekahau Updated May 21, 2006

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    The Ballet Folklorico of the University of Guadalajara is one of the very top things to do in this VTers opinion. When we were there May of 2006 the show was on Sundays at the Theater Diana at 12 noon. The home of the company is at the Teatro Degollado the Opera house in the central plaza built in the 1870s however were told it was move while the Teatro Degollado is remolded so you should check . Also we found out one can get tickets via ticket master on line this would have saved us a lot of problems. You have to have an American Express card to buy on line or a Mexican Bank issued Visa or MasterCard

    The Photo you see is from the Jalisco segment of the show, the almost two hour performance is music and dance from all over Mexico which features traditional dances from all regions of Mexico, it has been going on now for over 45 consecutive years we were told.

    The styles of Dress and music are typical of the part of Mexico -- from the Caribbean cost of they use a lot of marimba in their music. The Music from up north features accordion music but the section on Jalisco, the traditional music is Mariachi.

    Midweek, another troupe performs folklore dances Wednesday evenings at the Instituto Cultural Cabañas.

    The Ballet Folklorico -- Wednesday, 8 p.m. in the patio of the Instituto Cultural Caba–as (far end of the Plaza Tapatia, centro historico). Tickets cost 100 pesos.

    Sunday -- 12 noon Teatro Diana
    Av. 16 de Septiembre No. 710, Central Zona

    The Ballet Folklorico -- has a troupe that plays on the Tequila Express on Saterdays -- see my tip on this.

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    Tlaquepaque

    by Ekahau Updated May 23, 2006

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    Tlaquepaque is a wonderful village that is part of greater Guadalajara that has a 6 or 7 traffic free blocks as walk ways down Independence ave with lots of lovely Art galleries, silver shops, Pottery, Ceramics, Forged iron items, Brass and copper items.

    El Parian, City center the recreational center built in the 1870s where traditional local cuisine can be tasted and the traditional Mariachis music can be enjoyed

    The Nuestra Señora de la Soledad Sanctuary with its Romanticist and Neoclassic-style facade

    The San Pedro Apostol Parish done in a Neoclassic and Renaissance-style

    The Regional Museum of Ceramics

    A glass blowing factory, where one can see how glass is made

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    Mercado Libertad or San Juan de Dios Market

    by Ekahau Updated May 21, 2006

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    If you are in to big markets this is the mother of them all -- it is reported to be the biggest in Latin American. If you can not find it here well you know the rest. This is also know as the San Juan de Dios Market not sure in fact if there are two markets that run in to each other or just one really huge one called by two names. Its has three huge floors and lots of basement around the parking area it is “organized” thematically, as in electronic contraband here chicken neck over there with the food poising food stands on the second floor. I love to eat in this place but well you are at your own risk.

    The market opens Monday-Saturday 10-8, but lots of stores close at 6; Sunday close by 3.

    GREAT PHOTO OP PLACE

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    Guadalajara's Hospicio Cabañas and Orozco

    by Ekahau Updated May 16, 2006

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    The Institute Cultural Cabañas, once an orphanage, houses an extensive collection of stunning murals by José Clemente Orozco. The day I was there it also housed an art exhibit from Spain. El Hombre de Fuego (Man of Fire) can be found in the vault. It is amazing This vter just stared at it from every angle and with each view it changes, The next mural is of Cortes dressed like a robot and killing Native Americans. In the late 1930 Orozco painted 54 murals in the main building. These murals are now considered his best works with El Hombre de Fuego (The Man of Fire) being the most famous. Today, the Instituto Cultural de Cabañas houses a museum with more than 100 drawings and paintings by Orozco.

    Historic building, considered heritage of humanity

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    Plaza Tapatia

    by Ekahau Written May 16, 2006

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    Plaza Tapatia another of the many many great people watching spots of Guadalajara

    It occupies about 10 block is a huge center of the city People watching paradise and walking areas. One walk starts at the Degollado Theater and the other flanks off Morelos street. The beginning of the Plaza is really the beginning of Guadalajara where it all started in 1542. At the crossing of Morelos and (get this name) Callejón (Corner) of the Devil, is the House that was inhabited by the Conqueror Juan de Saldivar and it was the seat of the Inquisition therefore the Corner of the Devil. There are a wonderful set of five pieces forged in bronze and worked by hand, that represent the inmolación of Quetzalcóatl. But are better know as places the kids play.

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    The Regional Museum of Guadalajara

    by Ekahau Written May 21, 2006

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    Open Monday through Friday of 9:00 to 19:00, Saturdays of 9:00 to 18:00 and Sundays of 9:00 to 15:00 hours. many of the other places are closed for "nap time" from 2 to 4 so this was a place to hang out of the sun wating to see the murals at the Palacio de Gobierno.

    This Regional Museum was first built as a seminary in the late 1600erds finished in 1701. Artifacts, paintings, and memorabilia depict the history of western Mexico from the prehistoric era through the Spanish conquest.

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    The Market

    by Ekahau Updated May 19, 2006

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    The first thing you notice, walking into a Mexican Market is the wonderful smells. It's the cooking corn, baked pumpkin, or peppers roasting on spit and ths rows of market made desserts and baked sweet breads in the Panaderia.

    One can Peruse the counters filled with jars of salsas, ensaladas and fresh fruit waters. The meat case is loaded with cuts of beef, pork and chicken. Watch a machine roll out fresh corn tortillas. Scoop up tubs of fresh Mexican cheese. Then there are the mounds of fresh fruit, vegetables and dried chiles of every shape, color and size. You can find, tasty meals for only a few pesos.

    But for me it is the colors just love the colors in a Mexican Market

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    Museo de las Artes de la Universidad de Guadalajar

    by Ekahau Written May 21, 2006

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    If you really got into Orazco Work in the Instituto Cultural Cabanas and you want to see a few more you can go here. The permanent collection has a few murals by Orozco and it is free. The University of Guadalajara's contemporary art museum is in this exquisite early-20th-century building in the photo below.

    OPEN: Tues.-Sun. 10-6. it is in

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    Plaza de los Laureles --Guadalajara Cathedral

    by Ekahau Updated May 21, 2006

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    We went on a early morning walk in the historic center of Guadalajara, really cool old historic building. The Guadalajara Cathedral is located here and faces the Plaza de los Laureles. It is an enormous building that is a mixture of Gothic, Baroque, and other stuff thrown in for good measure a result of remodeling during it’s 60 years of construction. The silver altars were gifts from King Fernando VII.

    Fountain on Plazza de los Laureles and Cathedral by morning light. The downtown plaza is named for its abundance of Indian laurel trees.

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    Palacio de Gobierno

    by Ekahau Updated May 21, 2006

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    As you continue on your quest for Orozco’s murals this should be your next stop. Built in 1643 this wonderful old building is part of the executive branch of the government of Jalisco. It is home to two of Orozco’s murals, one of Father Miguel Hidalgo and one of Juarez in the 1850’s, are on display. The building is very beautiful and has a military-style facade with balconies and eleven windows lined in two rows

    Make sure you know that it is closed for siesta between 2 and 4 we got there at 2 PM it is a working goverment office.

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    Templo Expiatorio -- one beautiful church

    by Ekahau Written May 21, 2006

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    Expiatorio de Guadalajara began in 1895 and just got finished like last Tuesday our tour guide advised it was all paid for as it was built by the people so little by little paso by paso

    Its a catholic church with well yes once again -- gothic architecture. Three different people took my by this in my stay and all seem to be very proude of it it is a beautiful.

    It is a heavenly structure that includes a mechanical clock outside that at each strike on the mass hours statues of saints revolve around 2 doors, coming out and back in, right under the clock..

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    Hospicio Cabañas - José Clemente Orozco mural's

    by anagrettel Updated May 8, 2007

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    In 1937 The government of Jalisco invited José Clemente Orozco to paint the old chapel, not knowing this project will later be considered his greatest and most significant work. The Painter, a Jalisco native, belonged to the group of post-revolutionary artists who, convinced that art had to be shared by people of all social levels, dedicated themselves to the creation of monumental works of art, always in public places.

    The decoration of the Chapel took 2 years, painting 57 murals. The artist expressed dramatic human attitudes related to the Spanish Conquest, the colonization and modern life.

    The most outstanding work of the proyect is "the man in flames". The mural is located in the main dome of the chapel. In his murals Orozco demostrates a deep knowledge of perspectives, optics and mathematics, and most important the intuitive sense of space. For many the "man in flames" and the 3 figures surrounding it represent the four elements of nature; fire, air, earth and water. For others , it suggest the myth of the phoenix, wich succumbs only to be born again, the eternal flow of history in wich the painter believed.

    The entrance is $10 pesos ($1 dllr)
    Visiting hours: Tuesday-Sat. 10:00-18:00 hrs.
    Sunday 10:00-15:00 hrs.

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