Because of its invaluable historical and cultural wealth, Guadalajara brings a huge amount of options to enjoy a few days away from the daily routine. The country’s second largest city has a special place in the heart of every Mexican. It’s the birthplace of Tequila and Mariachi, both authentic symbols of the Mexican culture; its closeness to other municipalities with deep tourist vocation such as Tonala, Zapopan and Tlaquepaque make it an excellent point of departure to explore the best tourist destinations of Jalisco, Mexico.
Discover some of the main places of interest of Guadalajara, Mexico:
Historic Centre of Guadalajara.
The heart of Guadalajara has some of the most important historical buildings. You will find the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Cabañas Cultural Institute, the Degollado Theater, the Government Palace and the emblematic Libertad or San Juan de Dios Market, a traditional place where you can find pretty much everything.
It’s one of the largest and most important zoos of Latin America. It was inaugurated in 1988 and today is the home of almost 4,000 animals of 392 species, which are distributed in attractions like Tropical Jungle, Safari, Australian Village and others. The Bengal Tiger of the Guadalajara zoo is one of the top attractions.
Plaza del Sol.
It was one of the first shopping malls of Latin America and the first one in Mexico. It has 13 areas and each one has several clothing stores, cafeterias, electronics, drugstores, etc.
It’s the second most populated municipality of Jalisco, only 18 km from downtown Guadalajara. One of the most important religious precincts in Mexico is the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan, an architectural jewel honoring the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception.
It’s Mexico’s largest freshwater lake and the main source of water of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Zone. Those who enjoy ecotourism and outdoor activities visit the Chapala Lake to enjoy hiking in its boardwalk and bird watching.
Buying arts and crafts in Tlaquepaque is a must when what you want is to take a souvenir of your trip to Jalisco with you. Tlaquepaque is part of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, 16 km away from the Miguel Hidalgo International Airport. After visiting the numerous arts and crafts workshops and museums, you can visit one of the most representative places, El Parian, where you can eat the most typical Mexican dishes.