A pueblo (town) of some four million people, charmingly unselfconscious Guadalajara has somehow, and rather without trying, become Mexico’s second city. While often neglected by travelers, the city’s charms are distributed equally and liberally throughout its distinct neighborhoods. The city’s Centro Histórico (Historic Center) is dotted with proud colonial relics that house museums, government offices, bars and hotels. More modern and spread out Chapultepec is sprinkled with fashionable restaurants, coffeehouses and nightclubs. Mellow suburbs Tlaquepaque (upscale) and Tonalá (grassroots) are a folk-art shopper’s dream destinations; and Zapopan has some interesting colonial sites, but is better known as Guadalajara’s Beverly Hills. Guadalajara residents (nicknamed tapatíos, which also refers to anyone Jalisco-born) are warm and eager to share the essence of their city.
Guadalajara’s many contributions to the Mexican lifestyle include tequila, mariachi music, the broad sombrero, charreadas (rodeos) and the Mexican Hat Dance, and these days it is also known for its outstanding food. From streetside taco and torta ahogada (chili-soaked pork sandwich) stands to neighborhood cafes to fine dining rooms in restored colonial mansions, you’re never far from a great meal in joyful Guadalajara.
Best places to stay in Guadalajara
Top 10 festivals and fiestas in Mexico
The Nobel Prize-winning Mexican writer Octavio Paz said, ‘The art of the fiesta has been debased almost everywhere else, but not in Mexico.
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The 10 best things to do in 2011
Punctuate this year with meaningful experiences. Choose from options that girdle the globe - from cricket bats and birthday parties to sobering memorials or a copy of Led Zeppelin IV. Here’s our pick of the 10 best things to do next year, fresh from Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011. 1.
Shared Arrival Transfer: Guadalajara Airport to Hotels
Travel from Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport to your Guadalajara hotel worry-free and without a hassle. Shared transfers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and coincide with your flight's arrival. Start your trip off right with stress-free shared airport transportation.
Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque City Sightseeing Tour
View the magnificent architecture of Guadalajara and the beautiful handicrafts of Tlaquepaque! During your 5-hour sightseeing tour, you’ll stop at important landmarks in Guadalajara’s historical downtown, full of colonial buildings like the main cathedral and Teatro Degollado (Degollado Theater).
Follow in the footsteps of Mexico’s founding fathers
Mexicans love a good reventón (party), and there are celebrations galore going on now through the end of the year in Mexico to commemorate the bicentennial of its Independence (September 16) and the centennial of its Revolution (November 20).