7 Day Itinerary in GuadalajaraEdit This
Follow this 7-day Guadalajara itinerary to get to know the city’s top attractions. Guadalajara, Jalisco is one of Mexico’s cultural capitals and one of its most traditional cities. It is the birthplace of mariachi music and the home of tequila production. From pottery to pyramids, this is one of Mexico’s “must-see” cities.
Day One: The Arcs
The Arcs of Zapopan are emblematic of Guadalajara. A center for tourists is located here, making it a good place to start. After getting your bearings, continue your walk to the Basílica de Zapopan, a Gothic cathedral from the 1600s. From there, hit Andador 20 de noviembre. This cobblestone street is in a pedestrian-only zone filled with shops, galleries and restaurants.
Day Two: Tequila Express
You can’t visit Guadalajara without visiting the neighboring city of Tequila. Buy tickets for the Tequila Express, a tour run by the Department of Commerce. A train will take you from the Guadalajara station to Hacienda San José del Refugio, also known as Casa Herradura. There, you will see maguey fields and learn about the making of tequila. The tour also features folkloric dance.
Day Three: City Center
Take the Tapatío Tour Bus to the center of town to see City Hall. Walk through Plaza Tapatía and visit Teatro Degollado, the city’s main theater. Spend the afternoon at the Museo Regional de Guadalajara, a museum that focuses on regional art and history. Wander through Mercado San Juan de Dios, one of Mexico’s largest indoor markets and try the local food.
Day Four: Tlaquepaque
Don’t leave Guadalajara without visiting Instituto Cultural Cabañas. Murals painted by José Clemente Orozco grace its walls. This has won it a place in the United Nation’s World Heritage list. Tlaquepaque is also known for its ceramics and hand-blown glass. It’s the largest artisan market in Mexico. End your day at El Parian, a kiosk famous for its mariachis.
Day 5: Lago de Chapala and Ajijic
Contact Suizmex Tours to spend a day in this area. The Lago de Chapala is the largest lake in Mexico. The countryside surrounding Guadalajara is well worth seeing.
Day 6: The Pyramids of Guachimontones
Just 45 minutes away from Guadalajara, are the pyramids of Guachimontones. They are some of the few circular pyramids in Latin America. To get there take a bus to Teuchitlán and a taxi to the ruins.
Day 7: Hot Springs
Visit the Agua Caliente Water Park. All the pools contain natural hot spring water. Rent a private pool and unwind after a long week of sightseeing.
March 09, 2010 change by gabriela sanchez amyot