If you fancy trotting around the city in a horse-drawn carriage (which seat five passengers), count on paying M$200 per half-hour or M$300 per hour. There’s a carriage stand right at Jardín San Francisco and another stand in front of the Museo Regional de Guadalajara.
Every Sunday since 2004, Mexico’s second largest city has celebrated the Vía 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 enthusiastic volunteers in Parque Revolución dispensing free bikes (ID required) and offering scenic bike tours departing a short distance to the west at 9:30am and 11am and lasting an hour.
The aim of this car-less half-day is to reduce vehicle dependence, promote health and generate social interaction. Creative artists are encouraged to take to the streets, and Parque Revolución, the nerve center of Via Recreativa, 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).