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Getting Around

Horse-Drawn Carriage

If you fancy trotting around the city in a horse-drawn carriage, reckon on paying for M$150 per half-hour or M$200 per hour. There’s a carriage stand right at Jardín San Francisco and another in front of the Museo Regional de Guadalajara.

Car-free Guadalajara

Expunge that typical Mexican image of noisy, crowded cities with snarling unapologetic traffic from your consciousness and wake up to a different Guadalajaran reality – at least on Sundays. Since 2004, Mexico’s second largest city has celebrated the Via Recreativa, when its arterial streets are closed to cars and given over instead to bikes, skateboards, strollers, wheelchairs and any other form of nonmotorized forward propulsion.

Adding to the convenience is an army of volunteers dispensing free bikes (ID required), offering scenic bike tours, and organizing alfresco exercise classes. The aim of the Via Recreativa is to reduce vehicle dependence, promote health and generate social interaction. Creative artists are encouraged to take to the streets and Parque Revolución maintains a cultural pavilion with live performances. The measure – which sees an average 200,000 tapatíos (Guadalajara residents) take to the streets weekly – has since been adopted by other Mexican cities, including Mexico City's DF (Distrito Federal or Federal District).

Guadalajara went one step further in October 2014 when it became only the third city in Mexico to introduce a large-scale bike-sharing scheme. Mibici (www.mibici.net) maintains 1160 bikes at 116 stations in both the city center and the satellite city of Zapopan. Most of its users are yearly subscribers, but you can obtain a pase temporal (temporary pass) for M$80 per day by using your credit card in a machine at any of the docking stations. Guadalajara is still a little lacking in bike lanes, but stick to the central plazas or use Mibici during the Via Recreativa and you should be OK.