Guadalajara is the bustling capital of Jalisco, renowned for its colonial-era architecture and tree-lined boulevards. It’s home to one of the largest markets in the Americas and is on the doorstep of the dramatic gorge landscapes of the Barranca de Oblatos.
Things to do in Guadalajara
Guadalajara’s Centro Historico is designed around four plazas shaped like a cross, with the grand 16th-century Cathedral in the centre. It combines Gothic, Neoclassical and Palladian architectural styles, with the famous Assumption of the Blessed Virgin" mural by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo adorning its interior.
Stroll along the tree-lined boulevard of Avenida Chapultepec to browse a collection of outdoor cafes and charming boutiques. The famous “tianguis” flea market takes place here each afternoon and attracts local street performers, while the boulevard is closed to traffic on Sundays when people cycle and roller skate.
Want to experience the largest indoor market in Latin America? Delve into the arcades of the Mercado Libertad, where everything from Jalisco delicacies to international electronics and Mexican handicrafts is on sale. It’s a great place to sample torta ahogada, a local sandwich covered in a spicy chilli sauce.
If you want to escape the bustle of Guadalajara, travel north-east to the Barranca de Oblatos, a forested gorge on the banks of the Río Grande de Santiago. Explore the lush landscapes along the numerous hiking trails and capture magnificent views from the Parque Mirador.
Getting around Guadalajara
Libertador Miguel Hidalgo International Airport is around 30 minutes’ drive south of the city centre and buses connect Guadalajara to destinations across Mexico. A subway line connects sights within the Centro Historico, with bicycle rental stations scattered throughout the city.