Tequila is a small town located about an hour away from downtown Guadalajara. You can get there by the Tequila Express Train which will run you about 500 pesos (only runs on the weekend) or you can take the bus tour for 200 pesos which is cheaper and leaves every other day. For tour information and bookings for the bus tour, the best place to go is the Secretaria de Turisma located in the strip mall behind Teatro Degollado. I believe the bus tour included the cost of tequila factory entrance fee. It was nice and much more comfortable than taking the bus by yourself. On my tour there was about 15 people with me. The bus was not even half full. Kinda makes you feel bad since you know that there is no way the tour fee can possibly cover the cost of the gas to just getting to Tequila. Nevertheless, the tour guide was very helpful and professional. I gave him and the driver a big tip after we returned. By the way, before you leave Tequila, ask the bus driver to take you to eat some seafood at a restaurant with a view. I forgot what the restaurant is called but I it has incredible view. I will include a picture of this place so make sure you check it out. The cheapeast way to get to Tequila is walk to the Old Bus Terminal and take the bus there for about 20 pesos roundtrip. But it will take you about 2 hours just to get there.
It is amazing to see that couples in love get married in beautiful gothic cathedrals. Living in Guadalajara gave me a chance to visit many cathedrals and most of the time I was visiting each one, there was a weding happening at the same time.
It is so spiritual and uplifting to see that a strong connection between people and their God, their religion is what represents the powerful grounds of a marriage.
Often, through my lenses, I would try to capture that connection and see just how powerful and lasting that connection is.
It is definite that if you find yourself in a cathedral you will surely witness a birth of a new love, a marriage. Echoes, sounds, and the uplifting architecture is something that you must experience if visiting Guadalajara.
This is a must do,if you are interested in how they make the liquor that made Mexico famous.Its about a 1 3/4 hour bus ride to the little town of Tequila,Catch a autobus at the downtown central bus station.Theprice of a ticket is about 30pesos.When you arrive there are a lot of stores selling little bottles and large bottles of this important liquor.We took the Famous Jose Cuervo tour and saw the plant.the ticket was 60 pesos but includes a tasting of the three different kinds of the liquor and a frozen margeretia.We also ate a litle restraunt across the zocolo from the Police Station.Was very nice.I recomend that if you visit Guadalajara,visit this town.
Teatro Degollado (theather) of Guadalajara
is also located in the Plaza de los Laureles. It is an imposing columned building. I was told that going to the opera is a pretty big thing for the upper class people.
The Government Palace is also located near the Plaza de los Laureles. It is where the former governor used to reside. It is a beautiful old building. In it there are paintings by José Clemente Oozco. One of the paintings is the artist's interpretation of the Mexican Revolution. Very interesting.
I went on a horse and buggy tour of downtown Guadalajara, where there are many historic buildings....that was pretty cool.
The Guadalajara Cathedral is located in the City center, facing Plaza de los Laureles. It is an enormous building with pointed twin towers.
Constructed in 1810, it houses the Institutio Cultural Cabanas a center for arts. Also the Jose Clemente Orozco art museum including huge murals that he executed in 1938-1939 under the large dome building.
It is beautiful - right next door is another small church called San Francisco. during Christmas time you can buy all your Mexican traditional Christmas crafts outside the church. You also can catch a horse and buggy - calandria - I would suggest on a Sunday - the rest of the week the traffic is hideous downtown!! You can always have something Mexicano at the restaurant La Feria right near by -
We have quite a few -
On Thurs. you have to go to the Street Fair(tianguis) in Tonala - tons of great inexpensive handicrafts from the area
You can also go on Sunday to the Tonala fair.
also, Sunday - you can go to a tianguis in Sta Tere - though more for locals - clothing, food, shoes, etc. great prices
Also, Sunday a.m. if you like ART go the Glorieta de Chapalita on Las Rosas - for the free artist fair - lots of local art - inexpensive
Or to the Antique Fair on Sunday on the corner of Ave. Mexico and Chapultepec - lots of old Mexican antiques and "junk" - cool
I recommend a side trip to Ajijic, if only to see beautiful art next to Mexico's Lake Chapala, which combine to give a very peaceful and artistic flavor to your Guadalajara vacation. Also, it is a excellent way to get away from the hustle and bustle that is in the city.
Ajijic is small but very, very cozy. Many people there speak English, as many of them are expatriate Americans and Canadians.
See the Cathedral, and the different churches. It is amazing how ornate they are. They were refurbishing one, and it was really neat to see how much detail they put into their work.
All of the churches are different in many aspects, and show the culture of the people.
This is the Plaza de Liberación. The building in the distance is the Cathedral. Construction began on the cathedral in 1558. It has since undergone several renovations.
Also in the Plaza de la Liberación is the Teatro Degollado, where the Ballet Folklórico is performed.
In the Palacio de Gobierno in Guadalajara, there is a mural of Father Hidalgo, the father of Mexico's independence, painted by José Clemente Orozco. Father Hidalgo rang the church bells of his little church in Dolores to call his mestizo and indian congregation to revolution against the Spanish on September 15, 1810.
If you are in town please don't forget to go to a soccer game, is the best experience you will have in your life
The beach is so wonderful. There is a lot of tourists so I would recommend get there early to find an unbrella and have a good time!