Mexico’s second largest city, Guadalajara, is a study in contrasts, from the traditional architecture of its stunning cathedral and 19th-century Hospicio Cabañas, to its modern role as the country’s primary producer of software and 21st-century technology.
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Considered the Mexican Silicon Valley, Guadalajara is located in the state of Jalisco and famous for its plentiful tequila production and mariachi music in the Plaza de los Mariachis.
Discover the traditions of Mexico in Guadalajara’s cowboy culture and popular charrería rodeos plus authentic folkloric dances such as the world-famous jarabe tapatío, Mexico’s festive national “hat dance.”
The city’s historic center comes to life amidst colorful colonial plazas and cultural landmarks, such as the neoclassical Teatro Degollado and stunning Catedral Metropolitana with its twin Gothic spires.
Guadalajara’s charming suburb of Tlaquepaque, which translates to the “place above clay,” is renowned for its colorful galleries and authentic handicrafts.
What To Do
Visit the impressive Palacio del Gobierno with its amazing murals painted by José Clemente Orozco. Stroll through the downtown area and view the spectacular Catedral Metropolitana’s marble and silver altar and stunning stained-glass windows imported from France.
Watch a classical ballet or modern theatrical performance at Guadalajara’s neoclassical theater, Teatro Degollado, with its sixteen Corinthian columns and vivid red and gold interior.
Take a Tapatío Tour on an open-air bus from Guadalajara's historic center to the charming town of Tlaquepaque. Shop, listen to mariachi music, people watch, and enjoy an authentic Mexican meal at El Parian square. Spend a few hours at the Guadalajara Zoo, one of the most famous in Latin America.
When to Go
Guadalajara is blessed with a dry, sunny climate most of the year. The rainy season runs from June to September. Some of the city’s major festivals include the Fiesta Internacional del Mariachi, held in late August to early September, and the month-long Fiestas de Octubre.