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[Central America Travel] Mexico: Guadalajara

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Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico. It is one of the leading cities in North America and is also called the Pearl of the West. Guadalajara is famous as a tourist destination because it is registered as a World Heritage Site and is visited by many tourists. Famous as the birthplace of the Mexican traditional music mariachi, the city is also a place to enjoy traditional music. Besides that, there are many sightseeing spots such as zoos, parks, and plazas, so it can be said that it is a place that you will never get tired of.

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Location

Guadalajara is a city located in the western part of Mexico City.

History

Guadalajara began to develop after the Spanish conquered. It was pioneered by the Spaniards around 1530 and declared the Emancipation Proclamation here during the Mexican War of Independence in 1810. After that, Mexico gained independence and became the second largest city in Mexico. In 2011, the Pan American Games were held here.

Clima

Guadalajara is known as a land with little temperature difference. Temperatures range from 15 ° C to 36 ° C throughout the year.

Language

There is no official language in Mexico, but Spanish is widely used. Others use 60 indigenous languages.

Security

Guadalajara is relatively safe. It is safe on the main streets and tourist spots, but it is very dangerous at night time, so please avoid going out.

Race

In Mexico, Mestizo is over 60%. Others include indigenous peoples and European immigrants.

industry

Since Guadalajara is Mexico’s second largest city, it also functions as an economic center in Mexico. Also, because of the World Heritage Sites, the tourism industry is very well developed.

religion

More than 80% of Catholics are in Mexico. Others are Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim.

currency

Mexican pesos are used in Mexico.

Sightseeing spot 1 : Hospicio Cabañas

It is a facility built as a complex facility with the functions of an orphanage, a hospital, and a poorhouse. Today, it functions as a cultural center that forms the center of Guadalajara, and has a chapel, a plaza, and a hall.

Sightseeing spot 2 : Templo Expiatorio

Beautiful Gothic church. The interior is a high vault and is decorated with elaborate decorations such as gorgeous stained glass and German pipe organs. It is lit up at night and is very beautiful.

Sightseeing spot 3 : Teatro Degollado

The theater on the west side of the tourist information center in the center of Guadalajara. Solo recitals, concerts, classical and contemporary dance shows are always held.

Sightseeing spot 4 : Guadalajara Cathedral

A cathedral towering in the center of Guadalajara. It is a large cathedral that can be said to be the centerpiece of sightseeing in Guadalajara. There are various architectural styles, and the two towers are built in the Bysantin style.

Sightseeing spot 5 : Lake Chapala

A lake far from the city. Prices are cheaper than in Guadalajara. On the shores of the lake are the villages of Ahik, which is famous for producing folk crafts, and Hokotepek, which is famous for producing textiles.

Sightseeing spot 6 : Basilica de Zapopan

A cathedral in Zapopan, southwest of the center of Guadalajara. The baroque exterior is a beautiful building, and a large pilgrimage is held every year at dawn on October 12.

Sightseeing spot 7 : Zoológico de Guadalajara

It’s a large zoo with an aquarium. You can feed the animals, and some are endemic to the Americas. It’s a very large zoo.

Sightseeing spot 8 : Bosque Colomos

A park located northwest of the center of Guadalajara. There are sports facilities, and you can enjoy various ways such as cycling and picnics.

Sightseeing spot 9 : Parque metropolitano

It is a vast city park. Enjoy outdoor activities such as picnics, barbecues and cycling in the multipurpose park. We always hold sporting events on weekends.

Sightseeing spot 10 : Plaza de la Liberación

A park that symbolizes the historic center of Guadalajara. Many stalls will appear on holidays. Events and exhibitions are also held every season.

Sightseeing spot 11 : Minerva

Guadalajara’s most famous monument. Minerva, the goddess of wisdom in Roman mythology, has a spear and a shield. The height of the statue is as high as 8m and it is made of copper.

Sightseeing spot 12 : Mercado Libertad

A market where food, daily necessities, and household goods are sold. Folk crafts and crafts are also on sale, and you can also buy souvenirs. There is a dining area on the 2nd floor where you can enjoy Mexican cuisine.

Sightseeing spot 13 : Museo Regional de Guadalajara

Guadalajara Regional Museum. The ancient excavations are from indigenous ruins in Jalisco, and the exhibits are divided by age and theme, such as colonial exhibits, contemporary art, and folk costumes.

Sightseeing spot 14 : Plaza de armas

The Plaza de Armas is in the center of the old town. There is a French-style kiosk in the center of the square, and it is a simple square with open benches around it.

Sightseeing spot 15 : Plaza Tapatía

A square in the historic center of Guadalajara that connects the Cathedral and Hospicio Cabañas. The tall monument of the fountain in the middle of the square and the objects around it are the symbols.

Sightseeing spot 16 : Los Arcos

An arch like the Arc de Triomphe in Europe. It was built in 1942 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Guadalajara. The height of the entire monument is 21m.

Sightseeing spot 17 : Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque, the birthplace of the traditional Mexican music mariachi. A wide variety of folk crafts, art and leather goods are on sale, and you can enjoy traditional culture.

Sightseeing spot 18 : Parque Mirador Independencia

It is a multipurpose park with an impressive observatory. There are sports facilities such as soccer fields and tennis courts, picnics, children’s play areas, and open-air theaters.

Sightseeing spot 19 : Tequila

Tequila is a mountainous area of the world-famous spirit spirit tequila. The tequila workshop is registered as a World Heritage Site. The factory can be visited inside and there are many sightseeing tours.

Hotel

Guadalajara has plenty of accommodation. Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport is nearby. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.

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