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…
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…
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). …
Museum in Guadalajara

Museo de las Artes

Three blocks west of Parque Revolución is this museum of contemporary art housed in a French Renaissance building (1917) that once served as the administration building for the University of Guadalajara. The highlig…
Museum in Guadalajara

Museo de Arte Huichol (Wixarika)

This small but surprisingly informative museum has a worthwhile display of artifacts from the Huichol (or Wixarika) people, an indigenous group known for their bright-colored yarn art, beadwork and peyote rituals. I…
Museum in Guadalajara

Museo de Arte Sacro de Guadalajara

This pious collection astride the eastern flank of the cathedral is filled with dark and brooding 17th- to 18th-century religious art, as well as some spectacular ecclesiastical treasures including chalices, monstra…
Plaza in Guadalajara

Plaza Guadalajara

Plaza Guadalajara is shaded by dozens of severly cropped laurel trees and has great views of the east of the cathedral. Boasting a few fine cafes, it's a hive of activity day and night. On its north side is the Pala…