Guadalajara

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Palacio de Gobierno showing an administrative buidling, a square or plaza and a city
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

Ramada Encore by Wyndham Guadalajara Aeropuerto
Ramada Encore by Wyndham Guadalajara Aeropuerto
4 out of 5
AV SOLIDARIDAD IBEROAMERICANA 6500 COL, LAS PINTITAS, El Salto, 45693
The price is $74 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
$74
per night
Dec 5 - Dec 6
Stay at this 4-star hotel in El Salto. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Plaza de Toros El Centenario and Regional Ceramic ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (120 reviews)
"Excellent service. Staff very friendly"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

Ramada Encore by Wyndham Guadalajara Aeropuerto
Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
4.5 out of 5
Av. Lopez Mateos 830 Col. Chapalita, Guadalajara, JAL, 44500
The price is $79 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$79
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Guadalajara. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,276 reviews)
"Live music, banda, and salsa dancing classes, as well as other desirable amenities. The bar is the place to be when you cant sleep at night, or just need a drink, or want to socialize. Ive stayed there twice so far, and will continue to do so as long as I keep going to Guadalajara"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara
Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara
4 out of 5
Av. Ignacio L. Vallarta 5145, Camino Real, Zapopan, JAL, 45040
The price is $120 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1
$120
per night
Nov 30 - Dec 1
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Zapopan. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"Excellent service thanks.."

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2022

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.
European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
3 out of 5
Av Guadalupe 4885, Zapopan, JAL, 45030
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Zapopan. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,288 reviews)
"The attention excellent"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
Demetria Bungalows
Demetria Bungalows
3.5 out of 5
General San Martin No. 177, Col. Lafayette, Guadalajara, JAL, 44140
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in Guadalajara. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the quiet rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (138 reviews)
"This is an awesome hotel in the colonial Americana neighborhood. Great old property with an amazing staff. Thanks especially to Carlos at the front desk for all his help"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Demetria Bungalows
Tribu Sonata
Tribu Sonata
2 out of 5
287 C. Beethoven Juan Manuel, Guadalajara, Jal., 44680
Stay at this aparthotel in Guadalajara. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Plaza del Sol and Basilica de Zapopan are located ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (14 reviews)
"Great place and great service"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

Tribu Sonata
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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