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GuadalajaraMexico

Intriguing architecture, mariachi music and mouthwatering food will have you falling in love with one of Mexico’s largest cities.

Many praise Mexico’s second-largest city for having produced mariachi and tequila, for being a modern, cultural city with malls and urban parks and for its grand historical buildings.

Guadalajara is the capital of the central Mexican state of Jalisco and the sprawling metropole is home to about 4.5 million people. The highly developed city has wide avenues and modern offices, but also reveals a rich cultural identity.

Many of the city’s historic plazas and cathedrals have been preserved and can be found in the Centro Histórico and surroundings. A small metro network connects the major sites. Visit the 17th-century Catedral Metropolitana (Catedral Basílica de la Asunción de María Santísima), adorned with neo-Gothic towers.

Take a seat on the Plaza de Armas just to the south of the cathedral or admire the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Illustres on the opposite side of the cathedral. To the east is the Plaza de la Liberación, where you can see the statue of Miguel Hidalgo, commemorating the abolishment of slavery. Don’t miss the plaza’s neoclassical Teatro Degollado, where folk dancing is still performed today.

The huge, covered Mercado Libertad (Liberty Market) is a good place to try authentic Mexican food. Snack on tamales stuffed with meat and cheese or sit down for a bowl of birria stew, a local delicacy. To see the contemporary side of the city, admire the artistic fountain on Plaza Tapatia or shop at the Plaza del Sol.

Use one of Guadalajara’s many affordable buses to explore the edges of the city. Don‘t miss the expansive Zoológico Guadalajara and its rare Mexican wolves.

Guadalajara’s climate is relatively mild due to its location at 5,200 feet (1,585 meters) above sea level. The days are mostly sunny and evenings are cool. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit.

Guadalajara sits between central Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta on the west coast. Guadalajara’s international airport is 9.9 miles (16km) south of the city center from where regional buses can take you all around Mexico.

Where to stay in Guadalajara

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Downtown Guadalajara

4/5Very Good!(1,327 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Plaza de Armas and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Downtown Guadalajara. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Plaza Universidad Station or San Juan de Dios Station.

Downtown Guadalajara
Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Providencia

4.5/5Wonderful!(209 area reviews)

Providencia is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Guadalajara Country Club and Punto Sao Paulo Shopping Center while in the area.

Providencia
Degollado Theater featuring theater scenes, heritage architecture and interior views

Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(66 area reviews)

Architecture, historic sites, and shopping highlight some notable features of Centro. Make a stop by Plaza de Armas or Guadalajara Cathedral while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at San Juan de Dios Station or Plaza Universidad Station to get around town.

Centro
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Chapalita

4.5/5Wonderful!(323 area reviews)

Chapalita is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Glorieta Chapalita and La Estampida Sculpture while you're in town.

Chapalita
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Financial District

4.5/5Wonderful!(236 area reviews)

Financial District is noteworthy for its bars, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Guadalajara Country Club and Andares Shopping Center.

Financial District
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Americana

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

While you're in Americana, take in top sights like Avienda Chapultepec or University of Guadalajara Assembly Hall, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Juarez Station or Mexicaltzingo Station.

Americana

Top Hotels in Guadalajara

Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
4.5 out of 5
Av. Lopez Mateos 830 Col. Chapalita, Guadalajara, JAL
The price is $63 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in Chapalita, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Minerva and Expo Guadalajara. Avienda Chapultepec and US Consulate General Guadalajara are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,139 reviews)

"Everything it’s very clean People is so nice Very clean"…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
4.5 out of 5
Blvd. Puerta De Hierro 5065, Zapopan, JAL
Free Cancellation
The price is $134 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 14

Located in Financial District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Andares Shopping Center and The Landmark Guadalajara. Basilica de Zapopan and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (963 reviews)

"Location is amazing, 5 star bars and restaurants within walking distance."…"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara
Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara
4 out of 5
Av. Ignacio L. Vallarta 5145, Camino Real, Zapopan, JAL
The price is $79 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in Zapopan, this spa hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from La Minerva and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Expo Guadalajara. University of Guadalajara Assembly Hall and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (559 reviews)

"it’s an amazing place to stay in Guadalajara....services, hospitality and all staff were fantastic"…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Guadalajara

European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
3 out of 5
Av Guadalupe 4885, Zapopan, JAL
The price is $28 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 12

Situated in a shopping district, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Glorieta Chapalita, Plaza del Sol, and Expo Guadalajara. La Minerva and Plaza Galerias ...

4.1/5Very Good! (822 reviews)

"Me gusta son muy amables y atentos y y muy limpios"…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
Hospedaje Tlaquepaque
Hospedaje Tlaquepaque
3 out of 5
231 Herrera y Cairo De Santiago, Tlaquepaque, JAL

Situated in Tlaquepaque, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Refuge Cultural Center and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Plaza Forum Tlaquepaque. Avienda Chapultepec ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
For a special occasion.

"Stay was really good but too short. We loved the contact before our stay. The location was perfect for us, short walk to restaurants. The security staff was great and very helpful. When we are in Guadalajara we will be staying here."…"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Hospedaje Tlaquepaque
Demetria Bungalows
Demetria Bungalows
3.5 out of 5
General San Martin No. 177, Col. Lafayette, Guadalajara, JAL
The price is $64 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

Located in Lafayette, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Applicant Service Center and Avienda Chapultepec. US Consulate General Guadalajara and La ...

4.2/5Excellent! (82 reviews)

"I’ m a tall person,I stand 6’3,I thought I was getting a size King in the Deluxe room. Maybe Mexican King mattresses are smaller compared to the US. Very nice hotel,will visit again ,maybe they can put two of the King mattress side by side ...lol"…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Demetria Bungalows
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Guadalajara

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5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 18, 2020

Beautiful

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

City is dirty with lots of homeless on the streets. We had just visited Mazatlan which was WONDERFUL.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Guadalajara is a perfect city for enjoying relaxing or party , I really recommend The weather there is perfect .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

Is a big City, if you been to Rome it feel like that. Like every big city has everything your very elite nice areas and the not so nice. Everyone is very welcoming . The best Restaurants are in Plaza Andares delicious  nice. Instagram photo options

4/5 - Good

MarioFelix

Mar 17, 2020

I like the shopping, the tasty food, the friendly communication with people.

5/5 - Excellent

Amalia

Mar 17, 2020

Recommend to go, do tequila tours, see the churches and do some shopping

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