Guadalajara

Travel Guide
Metropolitan Cathedral showing night scenes, religious aspects and heritage architecture
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 Velvet Plaza
Hotel Velvet Plaza
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Vallarta 2477, Colonia Arcos Vallarta, Guadalajara, JAL
The price is $59 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26
$59
per night
Sep 25 - Sep 26
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Guadalajara. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the bar and the property ...
9.2/10 Wonderful! (1,590 reviews)
"Everything was great!"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

Hotel Velvet Plaza
Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
4.5 out of 5
Av. Lopez Mateos 830 Col. Chapalita, Guadalajara, JAL
The price is $110 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
$110
per night
Oct 3 - Oct 4
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Guadalajara. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the property condition in our reviews. ...
9/10 Wonderful! (2,695 reviews)
"Very Clean service was great"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

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 $137 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25
$137
per night
Sep 24 - Sep 25
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Zapopan. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the property condition in our reviews. Popular ...
8.8/10 Excellent! (1,166 reviews)
"Wished the pool would be bigger"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

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
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Zapopan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Plaza del Sol and Akron Stadium are located ...
8.2/10 Very Good! (1,460 reviews)
"on our 2nd morning there the ceiling sprung 3 leaks and we were moved to another suite, very nice. they were all very cordial"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2023

European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
Demetria Bungalows
Demetria Bungalows
3.5 out of 5
General San Martin No. 177, Col. Lafayette, Guadalajara, JAL
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in Guadalajara. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Popular attractions US Consulate General Guadalajara ...
8.6/10 Excellent! (222 reviews)
"The bathroom shower tile floor was extremely dirty, and there were numerous missing tiles, making it clear that maintenance is urgently required. The lack of upkeep seriously impacted the overall experience."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2023

Demetria Bungalows
Park Life Guadalajara
Park Life Guadalajara
3 out of 5
93 Diag. San Jorge, Guadalajara, Jal.
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Guadalajara. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Plaza del Sol and US Consulate ...
8.4/10 Very Good! (15 reviews)
"Nice place to stay, needs to pay attention to maintenance, ac wasn't working, bed lining and towels very used, doors rubbing floor, it would be an excellent option if they take care of details."

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Park Life 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.

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler
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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