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Guadalajara is the capital of the State of Jalisco. It is located in the central region of the Western-Pacific area of Mexico. The city is the quintessential Mexican destination for Guadalajara is the cultural hub of the country. It is considered as the home of the mariachi music & host to a number of large-scale cultural events like the Guadalajara International Film Festival. The city has some of the best museums, malls, markets, murals, & more. Some of the top attractions in Guadalajara include San Juan de Dios Mercado, Catedral de Guadalajara, Basilica de Zapopan, Andares, Teatro Degollado, & more. Also, there are several historic cultural sites allowing one to have a peek into the rich cultural heritage of the region. Last but not the least, do include the ancient archeological site of the Guachimontones Pyramids in your itinerary.
Catedral de Guadalajara (Guadalajara Cathedral)
The Guadalajara Cathedral is the most significant landmark in the city. Consecrated in 1618, the building is almost as old as the city itself. The distinctive neo-Gothic towers of the cathedral were built after the originals collapsed due to an earthquake in the mid-19th century. The highlights here include filtered light through the stained-glasses, Gothic vaults, massive Tuscan-style gold-leaf pillars, & beautifully decorated 11 altars given to Guadalajara by King Fernando VII of Spain.
San Juan de Dios Mercado (Libertad Mercado)
Libertad Mercado is one of the largest roofed markets in the Mexico. Spread over nearly 40000 sq. mts., here one will find various art & craft items/materials from all over the country. These include ceramics, silver, leather, palm leaf crafts, embroidered clothes, overcoats, blankets, leather coats & bags, sweaters, jorongos, & more. There are nearly 2800 stands in the market every day & remains open throughout the year. Thus, turning out to be a great place to indulge in some good shopping.
Hospicio Cabanas or Instituto Cultural Cabanas is situated in the downtown historic center of the city of Guadalajara. It has been listed under the World Heritage Sites. It is a former hospital & orphanage built in the beginning of the 19th century. Built in the Neoclassical architectural style, today the complex is home to the Cabanas Cultural Institute & the Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The collection of 57 magnificent frescoes, painted by Jose Clemente Orozco, are considered amongst his finest works are the main highlight here.
Guadalajara Zoo, the largest zoo in Jalisco, is a famous tourist attraction in the city. It serves home to over 2000 animals from 360 different species including giraffes, tigers, penguins, sharks, & birds. Here one gets the chance to see the animals from close. Feed monkeys at Monkeyland, see Latin America❜s largest reptile & amphibian exhibit at Herpetario, & stop by Selva Tropical to learn about the rainforest ecology & see chimpanzees, tigers, anteaters, macaws, capybaras, & other tropical birds.
Anytime of the year is a good time to visit the city of Guadalajara. The temperature here ranges from 55°F to 95°F throughout the year. Here March is the driest month & January is the coolest. Summers sees the most of the rainfall, with July being the wettest & May being the warmest month.
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