1. On a bus tour to the town of Tequila, we traveled through the charming small towns and blue agave (related to aloe) farms (of volcanic ash soil) from which tequila is made. Mt. Tequila, a volcano, is in the background. We toured the Sausa distillery and partook of free tequila tasting in the beautiful historic hacienda. After the five-hour bus ride, we walked across the street from our hotel to the Plaza del Sol, a large upscale shopping plaza with three or more fountains. It was filled with people socializing, shopping, eating icecream products, children playing in the fountains, etc. We were told the umemployment rate in Guadalajara is 5%. That evening we walked up the street for a late dinner in a restaurant that features live Mariachi musicians.
2. Sunday, 10am, we saw the Ballet Folklorico de Jalisco (the state where Guadalajara is located). The costumes and dances depicted the culture of Guadalaja fom colonial times and featured beautiful and colorful costumes as well as mariachi musicians. Then we went to the Metropolitan Cathedral for Sunday Mass.
3. We took the car tour through the wealthy and poor areas of Guadalajara, and after four hours, the driver dropped us off at Plaza Tapatia, an area of upscale crafts shops. After lunch, he took us through the Palacio de Gobierno where we saw our first Orozco mural.
4. We took the car tour to Lake Chapala (in the Sierra Madre Mountains) and Ajijic, a beautiful little town on the lake, where a large colony of Americans live.
5. We took the taxi to Hospicio Cabanas, site of the Orozco murals where an English speaker offered to give us a tour at no cost. (We tipped him.) We took the taxi to Costco and found it to be exactly the same as in the States.
6. We took the taxi to the Tonala outdoor market place. What an interesting shopping place. Lots of ceramics, art, food, tapestries, etc. We estimated it covered four or five large city blocks.