10 things to do in guadalajara

10 Things to Do in Guadalajara 

Welcome to Guadalajara, a city bursting with culture, history, and breathtaking sights. It is the capital and largest city of the state of Jalisco. Whether you’re a foodie, an art enthusiast, or an adventure seeker, Guadalajara has something special in store for you. Come let’s explore the sights and sounds of this Mexican city. Presenting the top 10 things to do in Guadalajara. 

Before that, here is a fun fact: Guadalajara has produced prominent politician Valentin Gomez, writer Agustin Yanez, and other revolutionaries. They are memorized at the Rotunda of Illustrious People of Jalisco.

1. Explore the Historic Center

Start your adventure in the heart of Guadalajara by strolling through the historic center. Admire the grandeur of the Guadalajara Cathedral, a stunning architectural masterpiece, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Plaza de Armas. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Hospicio Cabañas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at the remarkable murals by José Clemente Orozco. Since there is a lot of ground to cover in this historic center, you can even take a self-guided tour, and get all the history behind every nook and corner of this city. No wonder this is one of the most expensive cities in Mexico, filled with culture and beautiful architecture.

2. Indulge in Traditional Cuisine

Guadalajara is a culinary paradise, so be sure to tantalize your taste buds with traditional Mexican dishes. Head to Mercado San Juan de Dios, the largest indoor market in Latin America, and savor mouthwatering street food like birria (spiced stew), tortas ahogadas (drowned sandwiches), and tejuino (a refreshing corn-based beverage). Experience the vibrant flavors and spices that define Guadalajara’s cuisine. 

3. Discover the Magic of Tequila

Ever wondered where Tequila was founded? Well, from Guadalajara head on over to the nearby town of Tequila, the birthplace of the famous spirit. Once here, take a guided tour of a tequila distillery, learn about the production process, and sample different varieties of this iconic Mexican drink. Raise a toast to the rich heritage of tequila and gain a deeper appreciation for this national treasure.

4. Immerse Yourself in Mariachi Music

Guadalajara is known as the birthplace of mariachi music, and experiencing a live performance is an absolute must. Mariachi music is all about the struggles, joys, sadness, and love of the Mexican people. Visit Plaza de los Mariachis in the evening, where talented musicians dressed in traditional charro outfits serenade visitors with soulful melodies. Feel the passion and energy of this beloved musical genre as it fills the air.

5. Wander Through Tlaquepaque

Escape the bustling city and head to the charming neighborhood of Tlaquepaque, about 10 km from Guadalajara. This Bohemian enclave is filled with narrow cobblestone streets, colorful colonial buildings, and art galleries. Explore local handicraft markets, admire the exquisite pottery, and catch a live folk dance performance. Tlaquepaque offers a glimpse into the artistic soul of Guadalajara.


6. Visit the Jose Cuervo Express

Board the Jose Cuervo Express, a unique train journey that takes you through the stunning agave landscape to the town of Tequila. It is the most popular train ride in all of Mexico. Your eyes get to feast on stunning surrounding views, and you can enjoy onboard entertainment, and complimentary tequila tastings as you soak it all in. This scenic ride offers a delightful way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Jalisco region.

7. Dive into the World of Muralism

Guadalajara is a haven for art enthusiasts, and its vibrant murals showcase the city’s creative spirit. Take a mural tour through neighborhoods like Lafayette and Chapultepec and marvel at the striking artworks that adorn building facades. Each mural tells a story and contributes to the colorful tapestry of Guadalajara’s urban landscape. The art is worth appreciating. 

8. Experience the Thrills of Lucha Libre

Have you experienced the electrifying world of Mexican wrestling, known as Lucha Libre? This is your chance. Head to Arena Coliseo or Arena Jalisco and witness the high-flying acrobatics, colorful masks, and dramatic performances of the luchadors. Cheer on your favorite wrestler and let the contagious energy of the crowd sweep you away.

Lucha Libre

9. Escape to Bosque La Primavera

Nature lovers will find solace in Bosque La Primavera, a sprawling forest located just outside Guadalajara. Hike through lush trails, discover hidden waterfalls, and encounter diverse wildlife. Bosque La Primavera offers a refreshing escape from the city’s hustle and bustle, allowing you to connect with nature in all its glory.

Bosque la Primavera

10. Join a Traditional Callejoneada

To end your Guadalajara adventure, go to a traditional callejoneada, a lively procession through the city streets led by mariachi bands and revelers. Sing, dance, and immerse yourself in the joyful ambiance as the procession weaves its way through Guadalajara’s charming alleys. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the city’s vibrant culture and bid farewell to an unforgettable journey. 

P.S. The best time to visit Guadalajara is between October and December as the weather is the best and there are a lot of events.

Excited, right? I have enjoyed every single second that I was in Guadalajara and I am sure you will too. So go ahead and plan that trip to this wonderful city! You won’t regret it. And if you are getting a bit bored of the city, the beach is not that far away!

Letisha Jaramillo
Letisha Jaramillo

Hey there, I'm Letisha Jaramillo, a Mexican blogger who loves to share my experiences and insights about lifestyle, travel, and resources. Through my blog, Road To The Unknown, I offer helpful tips and advice to inspire fellow travelers and adventure-seekers. Join me on this exciting journey and let's discover the unknown together!

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