Tourist guide to Guadalajara

The Cathedral of Guadalajara

The Cathedral of Guadalajara ©Ari Helminen/Flick

Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco in Mexico and also the second largest city in the country. It is considered to be a colonial city, although much of the architecture is dating from the period of independence. Although, it is a more relaxing city compared to Mexico City, its center may seem a bit stuffy and dusty, especially during peak hours. However, it is still a wonderful city with many beautiful areas.

Guadalajara is one of the metropolitan areas with the fastest growing in the country. This increase is mainly because of the booming electronics industry. The University of Guadalajara is the largest institution of its kind in western Mexico.

Tourist attractions

The city of Guadalajara offers many tourist attractions. First of all, we have to mention the Cathedral, whose construction began in 1560 and has a beautiful mural called the “Assumption” made ​​by Bartolome Esteban Murillo. The architecture of the Cathedral is an eclectic mix of Gothic, Neoclassical and Palladian architecture. The Palacio de Gobierno is the Governor’s Office and is the historic center of the state government of Jalisco. Today it is mostly visited because of the murals by Jose Clemente Orozco, the most famous of these being a huge portrait of Miguel Hidalgo in the arch of the old rooms of the State Council.

Governor’s Palace in Guadalajara

Governor’s Palace in Guadalajara ©Wonderlane/Flick

You can also make an exciting visit at the Regional Museum of Guadalajara, a museum that besides other things exhibit a mammoth skeleton found at the nearby lake, Chapala.The Instituto Cultural Cabañas is a cultural center where you can admire the frescos of Jose Clemente Orozco. In the Plaza de los Mariachis you will be delighted by many mariachi bands. El Panteon de Belen is an old cemetery, which dates back from 1786 and was turned into a museum being full of interesting stories about the haunted cemetery.

The Cathedral of Guadalajara

The Cathedral of Guadalajara ©Ari Helminen/Flick

Visiting Guadalajara

The Libertador Miguel Hidalgo International Airport ( GDL) is located in the south of Guadalajara. The main inland trasportation companies include the Aeromexico, Volaris, Interjet and VivaAerobus and the major airlines include the Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta, United (has the largest number of flights to the U.S.) and U.S. Airways.

From the airport you can take a taxi, but many hotels offer transportation. There is also a bus tht stops at the bottom of terminal 1, which is connected to the area near the center of town (the cost of a ticket is $6 ).

Guadalajara Airport

Guadalajara Airport ©Tran’s World Productions/Flick


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