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Rick's Guide to Old Mexico in Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque and Ajijic

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A December 2003 trip to Guadalajara by rickhowe

Tapatio Hotel and Resort Photo, Guadalajara, Mexico More Photos
Quote: A guide to the best of Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Ajijic, and Chapala.

Rick's Guide to Old Mexico in Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque and Ajijic

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Overview

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We first came to Guadalajara nearly 20 years ago. After spending the week before Christmas in Puerto Vallarta, we came inland.But we had an ulterior motive—we were looking to adopt a baby, and through a series of connections, we came to understand that private adoptions could be accomplished in Mexico, although they could be difficult.We spent Christmas Day in the Camino Real, on the western edge of the city (way out on Av. Vallarta), watching the newly launched Disney Channel on their pirate satellite television system. And from that somewhat remote location, we wandered towards the main city.After a couple days of needing to cover nearly two miles before we found the cit...Read More

Tapatio Hotel and Resort

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Hotel | "El Tapatio Resort and Spa"

Tapatio Hotel and Resort Photo, Guadalajara, Mexico
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This is where we stay when we travel to Guadalajara to visit friends. It's close (relatively) to the airport and very close to the shopping in Tlaquepaque. The rooms are large and classically decorated. The pool is terrific and the people are marvelous. Breakfast was fine, but we usually had dinner out. But it's inexpensive (if you call the hotel directly and book with them) and very very reliable. If you are travelling with two rooms worth of people, get adjoining rooms with a cute little passageway along the porch side of the room. And as far as the porch is concerned, you won't find a better view of Guadalajara anywhere in the city (the hotel is up on a hill, you see).By the way, you will...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

Tapatio Hotel and Resort
Boulevard Aeropuerto 4275
Guadalajara, Mexico 45588
+52 (33) 3837-2929

Fiesta Americana Guadalajara

Hotel | "Fiesta Americana"

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The Fiesta Americana feels like a Hyatt—large lobby stretching high up to the rooms. Great restaurant, particularly for breakfast. Reliable Service, and nice people. Tends to gather the local party crown on weekend nights. At check-in, make sure to ask for the recently remodeled rooms (probably on the 4th up to the 10th floor).The best part is the location—just go outside and stroll through the nicest residential section of the city. Past the American Embassy, and lots of fine old homes. And if you "need to get a hamburger," Sanborn's is just down the street.We have always been walkers, particularly when we are new to a location. Our first time in Guadalajara, the Fiesta Americana'...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 28, 2006

Fiesta Americana Guadalajara
Aurelio Aceves 225
Guadalajara, Mexico 44100
+52 (33) 38181400

Tlaquepaque

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Attraction

Tlaquepaque Photo, Guadalajara, Mexico
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Walking along this five-block pedestrian walkway, in the village of Tlaquepaque, puts you into a wonderland of Old Mexico's culture. The shops are filled with antiques (old and new!), amazing papier-mache, pottery, rustic furniture, jewelry of every kind, clothes, and collectibles everywhere you look. No tourist junk here—this is the real thing. And make sure to walk just one block off the pedestrian area to find many of those same items at much more negotiable rates. Have lunch at the zocalo (central square) and ask the Mariachi musicians for a song or two (This is, after all, where the Mariachi style was founded). Make sure to have a Sangrita (a luscious mix of mysterious ingredients....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2006

Tlaquepaque
Avenue Independencia
Guadalajara, Mexico

Mercado Libertad

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Attraction | "Libertad Mercado"

Mercado Libertad Photo, Guadalajara, Mexico
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Libertad is the local market for the residents of Guadalajara. It's where the local people go to shop, and for tourists, it's both a treat and a shock. It covers about 8 long blocks, some two stories high. Rumored to be the largest market in Mexico, under one roof! Each stall is about 6 feet wide, and there are literally THOUSANDS of stalls. In the food area, you can sit down and eat the best local foods, or buy anything you want. Meat (or every description!), fruits, vegetables, PEPPERS, PEPPERS, AND MORE PEPPERS, candies, breads. Everything is negotiable, and the stall owners expect the rich tourists to negotiate. But don't feel bad, even if you get the price down to a fraction of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2006

Mercado Libertad
Calz. Independencia Sur
Guadalajara, Mexico

Ajijic Sights & Attractions

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Attraction | "Ajijic, Mexico"

Ajijic Sights & Attractions Photo,
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About 50 miles southeast of Guadalajara (go out the airport road), you'll come to the town of Chapala (and that deserves its own review). Turn west when you get down towards the lake, and follow the signs to the village of Ajijic (pronounced Ah-ha-hiic).Ajijic is primarily an artists community of expatriates, mostly Canadian, who have moved in to retire. A significant portion of these folks came down with sufficient finances to buy our build very luxurious homes up in the hills - a community called Chula Vista.Chula Vista looks out over the lake, and to the hills beyond. Our friend had a place there until she passed a few years ago, and we would stay in her little "casita" - actually a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 8, 2006

Ajijic Sights & Attractions
On the Banks of Lake Chapala
Guadalajara, Mexico