Overview Guadalajara

Visiting Guadalajara

The cultural center of Mexico, this sizzling city has long been considered the home of mariachi music, so make sure to bring your dancing shoes! Known to many as the “Pearl of the West,” it’s a gem indeed: with 22 museums and a thriving art scene, you’ll come home from vacation smarter than when you left!

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The cultural center of Mexico, this sizzling city has long been considered the home of mariachi music, so make sure to bring your dancing shoes! Known to many as the “Pearl of the West,” it’s a gem indeed: with 22 museums and a thriving art scene, you’ll come home from vacation smarter than when you left!

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Guadalajara. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Guadalajara flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Guadalajara

Journey to Ixtlan -- and Tequila!

Written by El Gallo on 02 Oct, 2000

If you come to Guadalajara from the coast or the North you almost have to come through Tepic, Nayarit. Which means you will pass through Ixtlan, famous for the Carlos Castaneda title. Don't get too excited (much less jump bus and start asking…Read More


Museums and Murals

Written by El Gallo on 03 Sep, 2000

Behind the Cathedral, at the north end of Plaza Tapatia, is the Plaza de la Liberacion, with its huge fountain and statue of Father Hidalgo freeing the slaves in 1810 (the emancipation was actually signed in the Hospicio Cabana--seen at the south end of the…Read More


Mime/Clowns

Written by El Gallo on 03 Sep, 2000

They usually work in Plaza Laureles, right across from the Cathedral. They aren't exactly mimes, though they keep silent and often paint their faces white. And they aren't really clowns, but they will crack you up--no Spanish required, they are a universal idiom.…Read More


The Canyon

Written by El Gallo on 03 Sep, 2000

Guadalajara seems like such a plain, flat town, but it is suddenly interrupted by a very abrupt plunge into La Barranca de Huentitan, a deep gorge that sort of discourages expansion to the west. There are several good vantage points to see the canyon,…Read More


Day by Day

Written by pflory on 13 Jul, 2003

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…Read More


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the real mexican experience

Written by katiemustard on 25 Mar, 2004

I was not entirely looking forward to my stay in the second largest city in Mexico. The smell of cow manure as I exited the plane did nothing to change my mind either. To top it off, I was suffering a server allergy attack…Read More


Lago de Chapala-II, Then and now

Written by viajero333 on 21 Mar, 2002

El Lago de Chapala, Then and Now Lake Chapala once boasted beachside hotels and dining pleasures. Then came the drought. I first visited the "lake" in 1990. Imagine walking to the end of a pier and still not able to see…Read More


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Escape the city in La Barranca

Written by viajero333 on 11 Dec, 2001

Located in the northern outskirts of Guadalajara is La Barranca, a gorge with winding, rocky footpaths curving to the valley floor. This gorge boasts an athletic adventure for everyone. Descend slowly and enjoy the lush green landscape, or trot down quickly in order…Read More


Scenic Road Trip

Written by jlo142 on 30 Jul, 2006

Driving through the streets of Guadalajara, we got a sense of Mexico's aesthetic beauty. We were told that Guadalajara is considered one of the most beautiful cities in all of Mexico, and after just a drive through the city, we were convinced!…Read More


Listening to Mariachi Music

Written by jlo142 on 30 Jul, 2006

just roaming through the streets of Guadalajara can evoke a sense of festive musicality - especially mariachi music, which brings any person to his/her feet.…Read More


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