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Guadalajara - security will shine even more - Krista photo

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Practicals

Transport

Bus

The public bus is very cheap, 6 pesos only (30 USD cent). One fix rate, no matter how far or long the ride is, lots of routes, great frequency of arrivals, ample schedule.
But: overcrowded, vehicles in rather bad technical condition, drivers drive aggressively, and they are not well-mannered, the interior of the cars are often dirty and not comfortable, drivers stop at non-official stops, seats for the elderly, pregnant women or disabled persons aren’t always respected or available, street vendors and singers/musicians often aboard, women may be harassed, especially during rush hours when buses are packed, pickpockets are active.

Metro

Taxis

Uber

Guadalajara - trolley bus - Krista photo

Guadalajara - public bus - Krista photo

Guadalajara - tourist tram - Krista photo (empty in February 2021)

Guadalajara - horse drawn carriage - Krista photo

Guadalajara - traffic - Krista photo

Accomodation

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Guadalajara - Hotel Francés since 1610 - Krista photo (February 2021)

Guadalajara - Zapopan - Hyatt Regency - Krista photo

Food

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Guadalajara - Santa Teresita - a taqueria - Krista photo

Shopping

Andares is an excellent upscale mall; even if you are not planning to shop, it’s worth visiting.

The Mercado de Libertad, also known as the Mercado de San Juan de Dio, with 40,000 m² is the largest municipal market in all of Mexico. Indeed, the size of this three-story building is just impressive. Downstairs is an imposing hall, occupied mainly by leather goods, while on the first floor are the stalls of small restaurants. Open every day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the Mercado de Libertad has more than 1,000 stands.

In Tlaquepaque - approximately 30 minutes from the city center - you will find lots of small souvenir shops, stores that sell leather.

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - souvenir shop - Krista photo

Guadalajara - souvenir shop - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Technocentro - Krista photo

Fun

Avenida Chapultepec

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - mariachi - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Avenida Chapultepec - pub - Krista photo

Public safety

Do not use ATMs late at night.

Do not walk with your cell phone in your hand in the street.

Guadalajara - downtown - police with monitoring booth - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Guardia Nacional (National Guard) - Krista photo

Guadalajara - police car - Krista (February 2021)

Health

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Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - for you, for me, put it on - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Zapopan - COVID-measure - Krista photo (February 2021)

Others

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Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - letters - Krista photo

Background

Guadalajara - C Independencia at the Rotunda - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Plaza de la Libertad - Krista photo

Destination in brief

Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco state in the central part of Mexico. The second-biggest city of Mexico is located about 500 km(310 mi)  west of Mexico City and 300 km (186 mi) east of the Pacific, at 1,500 meters (4921 ft) above sea level.

Population (in 2021): 1.5 million in the city area, and 5.2 million in the urban area - Tapatío - that's what the people of Guadalajara are called

Average net monthly salary (in 2021): 540 USD (Mexico average: 490 USD) 

The best neighborhoods are:
Colinas de San Javier, Lomas del Valle, Santa Rita, Chapalita, Providencia, Americana, Monraz, Jardines del Bosque, Ciudad del Sol, Virreyes, Las Lomas Club de Golf, Las Cañadas, Santa Isabel, Puerta de Hierro, and the “cotos” that are on Universidad avenue, Las Palmas avenue, Acueducto avenue, and Juan Palomar y Arias avenue. There is also Zona Sur (Bugambilias, Santa Anita Club de Golf, El Palomar), Zona Real (Valle Real, La Toscana, Arauca), and Zona Vallarta (Arcos Vallarta, Vallarta Poniente).

Climate

There is no extreme cold, no too hot summer. It rains a lot during June - October.  

,, Guadalajara has crazy weather. Temperatures can range between 15°C at night and 34°C in the evenings. It can be sunny in the mornings and evenings but rainy and cloudy at night. Sometimes you'll have moderate and short rain, and occasionally such calm rain will last all day.

At other times you'll have a freaking storm that'll last about one hour; better not walk outside when that happens.

In the last decade, seasons seem to last the entire year; it's either hell and sunny at 30°–34°C, or it's heaven with 15–25°C, cloudy, fresh, and rainy. But be careful if there is a lot of wind and heavy rains.

It never snows here, but in 2019 there was a heavy hailstorm. It looked like snow, but other parts were just cloudy and had regular rains in one part of the city.

Another weird thing about the city is that some areas are sunny, heavy rain going on in another area of the town, and dry in other areas. Heavy rains mostly happen after 6 or 7 PM, and it doesn't happen all the time.

Jalisco's state is near the ocean, and even though there's not a beach in Guadalajara, when there is a storm in the Pacific, near Mexico, you should expect cloudy, maybe rainy days with fresh enough wind even if it's summer."

Guadalajara - Zapopan - Love is in the (28C) air - Krista photo (February, 2021)

History

Guadalajara was a city founded in 1542 by Spaniards with the involvement of Native Americans, so it was not a city with some prehistory like Tenochtitlan. The Spanish influence is dominant, but there strong influences from other places within Jalisco.

Guadalajara - the statue of Father Miguel Hidalgo (1753-1811) - a Spanish Catholic priest, a leader of the Mexican War of Independence, the Father of the Nation - r.a. photo

Guadalajara - Avenida Mexico - Monument of the Homeland's Mother (Monumento a La Madre Patria) and an obelisk in the Plaza de la República, - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - ceramic mural - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - history-related sculptures - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Due to the economic crisis this hotel is temporarily closed - Krista photo (February 2021)

Guadalajara - mass - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - Krista photo

Nowadays

Guadalajara is often nicknamed,,the silicon valley of Mexico" or The Mexican San Francisco” for its gay community

People

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Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - Krista photo (February 2021)

Tourist etiquette

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Guadalajara - Zapopan - Basilica - You are in the house of God give him his dignity - Toilets in that direction - Krista photo

Attractions

Centro Histórico


Not far from the Cathedral, the Mercado Corona is a square that does not lack charm and atmosphere with the many sellers of medicinal plants. The few surrounding streets are among the most beautiful in the city. They are decorated with orange trees. The colorful houses lining these streets add a magical touch to the view.

Plaza de Armas

Plaza de la Liberación

Guadalajara - Plaza de Armas - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Historic Center (Centro Histórico) - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Plaza Guadalajara - Krista photo

Guadalajara - calle Pedro Moreno - Krista photo

Cathedral

Guadalajara - Cathedral - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Cathedral - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Cathedral - Krista photo

Other churches

Guadalajara - Our Lady of Aranzazu Church (Templo de Nuestra Señora de Aranzazú) - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - La Parroquia de San Pedro - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Zapopan - Parroquia de San Pedro Apostol - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Zapopan - Parroquia de San Pedro Apostol - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Convent and Church of El Carmen - m.d. photo

Guadalajara - Church of San Ginés - m.d. photo

Tlaquepaque

Jardin Hidalgo

Calle Independencia (walking street)

Santuario Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - Andaror Independencia - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - calle Independencia - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - calle Independencia - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - Sanctuary de Nuestra de la Soledad - Krista photo

Guadalajara - El Parián - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - Krista photo

 Palacio de Gobierno


Located to the east of the Plaza de Armas, the oldest square in the city, “the Palacio de Gobierno”, decorated with statues whose inspiration undoubtedly came from Greece.
It was built in 1643 on the ruins of the old palace. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Its pride: a  wall portal of more than 400 m2. Currently, the Palacio de Gobierno is the seat of government of the state of Jalisco.
It is open from 9 am to 8 pm from Monday to Friday.



Guadalajara - Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco (The Government Palace of the State Jalisco) - Krista photo

Zapopan

Guadalajara - Zapopan - 21th century - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Zapopan - Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Zapopan - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Zapopan- Basilica - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Zapopan Centro - Pino Suarez (street) - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Zapopan Centro - Krista photo

Street sculptures

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - sculpture - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - El Señor de los Monitos - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - reflexion - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - The center of yourself - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - The cock man - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Tlaquepaque - sculpture - Krista photo

Expiatory Temple (Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento)

Guadalajara - Expiatory Temple (Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento) - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Expiatory Temple (Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento) - Krista photo

Hospicio Cabanas

Guadalajara - Hospicio Cabanas - murals - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Hospicio Cabanas - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Hospicio Cabanas - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Hospicio Cabanas - murals - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Hospicio Cabanas - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Hospicio Cabanas - Krista photo

Rotondo de Los Jaliscenses Ilustres

Guadalajara - Rotonda de Los Jaliscienses Ilustres (with sculptures of Jalisco State's illustrious personalities) - Krista photo

Avenida Chapultepec

Guadalajara - Avenida Chapultepec - Krista photo

Guadalajara - Avenida Chapultepec - Krista photo

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