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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.
Accommodation in Guadalajara
With 239 different Guadalajara hotels registered on Expedia's hotels guide, you can choose a Guadalajara hotel that provides the optimal amenities for you.
Two options worth checking out are the Hotel Demetria, at Av. La Paz # 2219, Lafayette, and Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel, situated at Lopez Cotilla, 1739. The Quinta Real Guadalajara, Av. Mexico 2727 Col. Vallarta Norte, and the Los Abolengos Grand Class Casona Hotel, Calle Mexico, 138, Centro, are other popular Expedia-listed accommodation choices
No vacation in Guadalajara is truly complete without stopping by Hospicio Cabanas. If you'd like to stay close to this iconic attraction, the Hotel Demetria and the Villa Ganz Boutique Hotel are both within walking distance.
Located in Chapalita, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of La Estampida Sculpture and La Minerva. Expo Guadalajara and University of Guadalajara Assembly Hall are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Palacio de Gobierno, Metropolitan Cathedral, and Plaza de Armas. Hospicio Cabanas and University of Guadalajara Assembly Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Mazamitla, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mazamitla Plaza and Mazamitla Temple. El Salto Waterfall is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.
Located in Financial District, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Andares Shopping Center and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Basilica de Zapopan. Bosque Los Colomos and El Acueducto are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Zona Minerva, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Los Arcos de Guadalajara and La Minerva. University of Guadalajara Assembly Hall and Expo Guadalajara are also within 2 mi (3 km).
This family-friendly Tlaquepaque hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Regional Ceramic Museum, Plaza de Toros El Centenario and San Pedro Parish. Refuge Cultural Center is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.
Situated in Zapopan, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Majestic Casino and Expo Guadalajara. La Minerva is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.
This hotel sits in the city's historical district and is 3 blocks from the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Degollado Theater.