Guadalajara Travel Guide

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Guadalajara Highlights

  • Pro
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     Big City 

  • Con
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     Smog, traffic and dry air. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A great place to immerse yourself in the Mexican culture 

Guadalajara Things to Do

  • Templo Expiatorio

    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...

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  • The Cathedral

    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.

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  • Downtown

    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...

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  • charreada

    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...

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  • Tequila express

    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....

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  • Tapatio Tour of the City

    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.

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Guadalajara Restaurants

  • Un rincón francés

    Un rincón francés que ofrece comida sencillamente deliciosa. Es rico para ir a desayunar o para tomar un café por la tarde. Côté France también cuenta con panadería por si alguien aprecia un rico pan francés, ya sea salado o dulce. El pan

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  • Bollylicious

    Un restaurante que te hace sentir los sabores de la India en sus especialidades. Es ideal para aquellas personas que buscan probar sabores distintos. También recomendable si quieren encontrar una gran variedad de platillos vegetarianos. Ghost masala, tamarind chicken, samosas, chai y mango lassi

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  • Parlez-vous français?

    Un pequeño y acogedor restaurante en Pedro Moreno abrió para traer una fusión de comida Francesa y Mexicana. La comida tiene una gran calidad, el servicio es cordial y los precios son muy accesibles. Panuchos de canard

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Guadalajara Nightlife

  • A real treat! FUN FUN FUN

    We started out going to dance but it was a holiday weekend and everywhere we went was closed, full, or booked for a private party. It was after 12 midnight and we were ready to go home. But Rafa drove us to one of their favorite spots for one tequila to lift our spirits. Well one drink turned into three hours of fun. A 15 piece live Mariachi band,...

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  • Lively entertainment

    We had a party of six and reservations for 10:30 pm. And it was good that we did, by 11:00 it was standing room only. This is a Cuban night club with their own in house entertainment. A live band and a dance show that starts at 11:00. THe dancers opened with a series of traditional dances from Cuban history. From tribal beats through the ages and...

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  • Salsa dancing.

    The hotel desk clerk suggested this club that was about five blocks walk from the hotel. It was in the plaza area on a road that was closed to traffic. At around 9 pm we walked down a side street that got a little dark and very empty. For a moment we got a little spooked, being strangers there. When we found the club there were about 10 people...

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Guadalajara Transportation

  • Bicicleta

    Cada día más, la gente en Guadalajara opta por utilizar la bicicleta como medio de transporte. Hay varias vías recreativas y ciclovías alrededor de la ciudad. Bikla es un sistema que se ha implementado en la ciudad para rentar bicicletas en distintas estaciones establecidas de la ciudad. Hay que tener cuidado al andar en bicicleta ya que muchos...

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  • Taxi

    Una buena opción para andar alrededor de Guadalajara es el taxi. Los taxis de sitio son más confiables y cobran tarifas razonables, aunque siempre es mejor preguntar cuánto cobran por llevarlos, para que no se lleven una sorpresa. De otra manera, también pueden solicitar el uso de taximetro. Las tarifas varían si viajan en la mañana o en la noche.

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  • visit Guadalajara for the day from the...

    If you land in Guadalajara by plane, but want to catch a bus to go elsewhere, do like I did: Take a taxi to the New Central bus station (220 pesos per taxi, a ticket for which you buy in the airport, but find someone who is going there too and split the fare), then leave your bags in the secure bag storage place at the bus station (30 pesos), bus...

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Guadalajara Shopping

  • Tonala, Stores and Tianguis

    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 Thursday and Sunday there's a Tianguis (street market) with...

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  • baratillo or everything flea market

    I was wondering why nobody ever talks about this sunday flea market ,, some of the biggest i ever seen, and i decided to honor it with a little comment.. When i said everything i meant that ... new and old... clothes, shoes, watches, antiques, street food, toys, pet stuff, home decorations, furniture, sporting goods,books, records, music...

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  • Furniture in Tonala

    At first we were happy to get some of our furishings here. But after returning and trying to get our house furnished, we kept having problems. They were slow about having things ready when they said and on a couple items, they made it wrong. I had a desk made and I wanted a guitar carved in the front with my name across the top. Well they carved...

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Guadalajara Local Customs

  • Is that a dog on the roof?

    Roof dogs? Yes. They live up there. I'd guess it'd probably become hot during the day, so hopefully they have access to water. No they won't jump on your head; just ignore them.

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  • Ladies: ignore cat calls, whistles,...

    In lovely Guadalajara, if you are on a public way & you have boobs & a vagina (vagina not mandatory, so drag queens delight in this), you may attract unpleasant extended glances, stares, cat calls, chiflas & other unnecessary macho outbursts. Do as the locals do & neither avert your eyes, stop your conversation or pay them a sigh. Feign complete...

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  • Yes and No -- can mean diffrent things

    Sometimes, Mexicans avoid directly saying “no.” A “no” may be really mean “maybe” or “We'll see.” The North American tendency to get down to business and take direct positions can be perceived as rude and pushy.

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Guadalajara Warnings and Dangers

  • GDL: Sidewalks in centro historico

    Be careful of large and sometimes very deep holes in sidewalks in the center. Streets, although very safe, are badly lit. During summer storms, streets become rivers. Also, keep an eye out for crazy bus drivers.

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  • Safety

    The entire old town/plaza area seemed very safe. There is a major police presence and I think this helps - do not be alarmed by the machine guns they carry. They will gladly return a smile and a hello. You will be approached by people trying to "connect" with you and your wallet but just politely refuse and keep walking. Little kids will try to put...

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  • Buy a phone card -

    Buy a phone card as there are pay phone all over easy to use and my USA cell phone did not workBeware !!!!, of the phones plastered all over some towns, usually on the front of businesses. They are marked "TO CALL LONG DISTANCE TO THE USA & CANADA, SIMPLY DIAL 0" The writing is in black and USA is in blue letters with CANADA in red letters. They...

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Guadalajara Tourist Traps

  • Keep your eyes open

    Guadalajara has many beggars and street merchants. Many times they will stop you on the street or approach the car and ask for money. Many of them are selling trinkets or gum or something small. Mostly they just want to sell you something or get a little money. Mostly harmless. But just keep your eyes open and keep your valuables where they are...

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  • San Juan de Dios Libertad Market

    Well, to use the word trap is probably not the correct word. San Juan de Dios is filled with tons of great things to buy - but just beware with the prices. We went to Tonala tianguis (flea market) on Sun. and found some things half the price that they were asking for in SJ. Be sure to look around FIRST - get an idea of prices before you buy...

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  • TAXIS --- TAXIS --- TAXISLike...

    TAXIS --- TAXIS --- TAXISLike a lot of tourist cities, this is the best way to lose your money of feel robber. The problem is that is there not other way to go arround the city...At least try to check if the have 'taximetros' to avoid an expensive trip. Or ask to the taxi driver how much will cost and then try to find something better.

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Guadalajara What to Pack

  • Guadalajara is conservative

    Guadalajara is a very mild climate year-round, with the occasional freak cold spell they call a gift from the el gringos and you may need a light jacket. The warmest months are April and May and from June through September expect tropical down pours for an hour or so in the afternoon. I did not feel comfortable in shorts and saw only one Mexican...

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  • Bring some winter gear!!!!

    Because I am, well, myself, I didn´t research the weather here in the winter...because of this I have been freezing my butt off every morning and have had to buy more sweaters than anything else here...don´t be a Becky...bring some warm clothes if you are coming during the winter months!!!

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  • IF you walk alot, bring good shoes from...

    It is true that Mexico has a great selection of shoes, unfortunately they are mostly fancy shoes or high heels which are hard to walk the five miles a day I walk to get to work (personal choice, not because I have to). The shoe issue has been a thorn in my side, every time I buy a pair here, they end up blistering my feet, so I have resorted to...

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Guadalajara Off The Beaten Path

  • The archaeological site of...

    Guachimontones is an archeological site located in the town of Techitlan, jalisco around 50min. driving distance in from Guadalajara, Jalisco. These unique concentric circular pyramids were part of a ceremonial site that include two ball couts.The archaeological site of Guachimontones was first discovered in 1970 by celia Garcia a Mexican...

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  • DONT MISS - MEXICAN HACIENDAS IN JALISCO...

    We love the haciendas and their history, is the best way of finding the "real old Mexico" .These amazing, restored historical mansions dating as far back as 1622 have been turned into luxurious hotels. There are eight scattered around the state of Jalisco, always in rural areas or small towns, just waiting to be discovered by the more adventurous...

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  • place for people who loves languages

    every thursday night to be more precise at 8:30 pm , all people who loves to speak, learn or share with different people meets at Fenix cafe across the street from Expiatorio, this group is formed by people that speaks french, english,spanish, german, russian etc,and like to know more people by practicing languages, they either exchange students,...

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Guadalajara Favorites

  • LAZARO CARDENAS AVENUE

    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.

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  • Web Access...

    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...

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  • More Useful Phone Numbers in and for...

    EVRY DAY A NEW THING.My cel telephone in Guadalajara, say Hi... 044333 1705909My Home ph. (33) 36735080Consulates in Guadalajara (GDL)American: Progreso # 175 Tel. 3825-2700Canadian: Hotel Fiesta Americana L-30, Tel. 3616-5642 Holland: Av. Vallarta # 5500 Tel. 3673-2211Germany: Av. Corona # 202 Tel. 3613-9623France: Av. Lopez Mateos # 484 Tel....

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catalan food
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Teatro Degollado
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Tonala marketplace
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great terrace over water...
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great breakfast place in downtown
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Greek cousine at it´s best
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jazz and blues lounge
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great old fashion cafe back to 60´s
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Great DOGOS or hot dogs you name it
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Visit a Historic Cemetary
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Monument to Beatriz Hernandez
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Rotonda de los heroes ilustres
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Los Arcos de Vallarta
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Templo Expiatorio
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