Welcome to Guadalajara
Guadalajara is considered one of the most stereotypically
'Mexican' cities in the country. The birthplace of mariachi music,
tequila, and charros (Mexican cowboys), Guadalajara is the
second-largest city in Mexico and a major cultural centre.
The historic centre of Guadalajara has a plethora of stunning
cathedrals and other buildings, including must-sees like the
Guadalajara Cathedral, the Palacio de Gobierno, and the Templo
Expiatorio. A number of parks and monuments also contribute to make
Guadalajara a very attractive city.
It is also a very busy city; there's always something to see and
do in Guadalajara, whether it's football games at the Estadio
Omnilife, bullfights at the Plaza de Toros, free concerts by roving
mariachi musicians at the Plaza de los Mariachis, or simply
browsing the hundreds of stalls at the multi-level Mercado
Libertad. A dozen outdoor markets provide ample shopping
opportunities for handcrafted items made by the local Huichol
Indians, and tired sightseers can rest their feet while they sample
local delicacies at any of Guadalajara's excellent restaurants.
Zapopan is the centre of the nightlife in Guadalajara, with many
bars and clubs serving the local Los Altos tequila.
The region around Guadalajara offers a number of excursions as
well, ranging from rowdy (Tequila Express Tours), to educational
(pre-hispanic pyramids at Guachimontones), to relaxing (picturesque
towns around Lake Chapala).
Information & Facts
Spanish is the official language in Mexico. Some English
is spoken in tourist regions.
Mexican currency is the New Peso (MXN) divided into 100
centavos. Credit cards are widely accepted, particularly Visa,
MasterCard and American Express. Travellers cheques are generally
accepted, but cannot be cashed on Sundays. ATMs are available in
most cities and towns and are the most convenient way to get money,
but for safety reasons they should only be used during business
hours. Although most businesses will accept foreign currency it is
best to use pesos. Foreign currency can be exchanged at one of many
casas de cambio(exchange houses), which have longer hours
and offer a quicker service than the banks.