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Guadalajara
Travel Guide

Palacio de Gobierno showing heritage architecture, a square or plaza and an administrative building

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 CA $87 per night from May 9 to May 9
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! (2,046 reviews)
"Great place to stay."

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
4.5 out of 5
Blvd. Puerta De Hierro 5065, Zapopan, JAL
The price is CA $163 per night from May 18 to May 18
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! (968 reviews)
"Everyone was very professional, courteous and knowledgeable"

Reviewed on Apr. 22, 2021

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 CA $110 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 4
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (708 reviews)
"We had a great time :) the room was clean and comfortable"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

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
The price is CA $34 per night from May 9 to May 9
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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (926 reviews)
"Amazing location. A bit dated. But great value for a great prize. Near KFC, Burger king, a ton of taco places, and lots of Oxxos and walmarts. Cant beat the location. Free breakfast was great."

Reviewed on Apr. 19, 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 CA $92 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Lafayette, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Applicant Service Center, US Consulate General Guadalajara, and Avienda Chapultepec. La Minerva ...
4.3/5Excellent! (91 reviews)
"Updated rooms in an older Mexican neighborhood. Great little restaurants near by. And access to the Hotel a couple blocks away"

Reviewed on Mar. 7, 2021

Demetria Bungalows
Park Life Guadalajara
Park Life Guadalajara
3.5 out of 5
75 Diag. San Jorge, Guadalajara, JAL
Situated in a shopping district, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Gran Plaza Fashion Mall and La Minerva. Expo Guadalajara and US Consulate General ...
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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Reviews of Guadalajara

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5/5 - Excellent

Alex

Feb 19, 2020

Beautiful,safe,very clean. People were welcoming and lots of good eats and shopping.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 17, 2020

We were only there for one night on our way to San Miguel De Allende. Our time was spent in your wonderful hotel.

4/5 - Good

Joanne

Feb 4, 2020

Great historical zone with many pleasing squares and walkable paths. Loved that the theatre is so close.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 30, 2020

Guadalajara is a lovely city with so much to see and do. We love it!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 20, 2020

Beautiful city, lots of history, young & lively, safe and walkable

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 17, 2019

Nice city ti visit. I will say safe, just don’t forget take cautions

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