Guadalajara

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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

Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
4.5 out of 5
Av. Lopez Mateos 830 Col. Chapalita, Guadalajara, JAL
The price is $73 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (2,130 reviews)
"It was a good experience and located in a great spot"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

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
The price is $107 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Situated in Zapopan, this spa hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from La Minerva and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Expo Guadalajara. University of Guadalajara Assembly Hall and Guadalajara ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (897 reviews)
"Clean, beautiful rooms, excellent service and friendly staff Close to Plaza Anadres and easy access"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara
Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
4.5 out of 5
Blvd. Puerta De Hierro 5065, Zapopan, JAL
Fully refundable
The price is $149 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (969 reviews)
"Great service"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
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European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
3 out of 5
Av Guadalupe 4885, Zapopan, JAL
The price is $32 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Situated in a shopping district, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Glorieta Chapalita, National Chamber of Commerce, and Metropolitan Park. La Gran Plaza ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,033 reviews)
"Great staff, excellent breakfast and really good location"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
Demetria Bungalows
Demetria Bungalows
3.5 out of 5
General San Martin No. 177, Col. Lafayette, Guadalajara, JAL
The price is $66 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in Lafayette, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Applicant Service Center and Avienda Chapultepec. US Consulate General Guadalajara and Monumento ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (100 reviews)
"Heaven, just like home , this place is quiet in the best location in Guadalajara, free guayabas from the tree outside bungalow is a plus."

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Demetria Bungalows
Apartamentos Buenos Aires
Apartamentos Buenos Aires
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Hidalgo 1792, Colonia Ladrón de Guevara, Guadalajara, JAL
The price is $49 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Situated in Guadalajara, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Applicant Service Center, Avienda Chapultepec, and Los Arcos de Guadalajara. US ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
"Penthouse was very nice but we had some issues while there. There were workers doing some work which made ALOT of noise, and they must have dropped something because when we returned home from a day of shopping, the dining room window was cracked. Also the toilet in the master bathroom leaked and ..."

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2021

Apartamentos Buenos Aires
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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