Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Guadalajara

Instituto Cultural de Cabañas

Standing proudly at the eastern end of dramatic Plaza Tapatía is one of Guadalajara’s architectural landmarks, and a Unesco World Heritage site since 1997. On the ceiling and inside the dome of the enchanting neocla…
Top Choice Cathedral in Guadalajara

Catedral de Guadalajara

Guadalajara’s cathedral is the city’s most conspicuous landmark with distinctive neo-Gothic towers built after an earthquake toppled the originals in 1818. Begun in 1561 and consecrated in 1618, the building is almo…
Top Choice Cathedral in Guadalajara

Basílica de Zapopan

One of the city's most important churches, the Basílica de Zapopan, built in 1730, is home to Nuestra Señora de Zapopan, a petite statue of the Virgin visited by pilgrims year-round. Since 1734 on October 12, thousa…
Top Choice Distillery in El Arenal

Cascahuín

If you have time for only one distillery tour while in Tequila country, make it this one. Here you'll see the entire process, from piña harvesting to bottling and labeling, up close, and mostly done in the tradition…
Street in Guadalajara

Plaza de los Mariachis

Just south of Avenida Javier Mina and the Mercado San Juan de Dios, this is the very birthplace of mariachi music. By day it’s just a narrow walking street, flanked by charming old buildings and dotted with a few pl…
Distillery in Amatitán

Tres Mujeres

Free Spanish- and English-language tours are available at the high-end 100% agave distillery Tres Mujeres, where some 40 different tequilas are produced, but it's best to call ahead. Tours usually include a short tr…
Museum in Guadalajara

Museo Nacional de la Cerámica

Our favorite of the many ceramics museums in the greater Guadalajara region, this one focuses largely on ceramics from Tonalá, arguably the finest in central Mexico, and some of the items on display reach back to 50…
Notable Building in Guadalajara

Palacio de Gobierno

The golden-hued Palacio de Gobierno, which houses the Jalisco state government offices, was finished in 1774 and is well worth visiting to see two impressive murals by local artist José Clemente Orozco (1883–1949). …
Distillery in Tequila

Casa Sauza

The Casa Sauza estate invokes Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic fairy tale The Secret Garden. The colonial-style grounds are adorned with Italianate fountains, tumbling plants and even a chapel. Indeed, ‘tequila fac…
Natural Feature in Tapalpa

Las Piedrotas

Las Piedrotas are a large and impressive group of rock formations set in cow pastures in what's called the Valle de las Enigmas about 6km north of town. Most people drive here, but it's an easy and rewarding 2½- to …