As Mexico’s second largest metropolis, once nicknamed “The Pearl of the West”, it is a hub of cultural and cosmopolitan activity, preserved colonial splendour as well as enjoying the sophisticated pleasures of any modern city but with perhaps a more tranquil feel to it, compared to say Mexico City.

Gourmet restaurants, bustling handicraft markets, a vibrant music scene (Guadalajara is the birthplace of the Mariachi), museums, galleries, literary festivals and international events, are just some of the things this burgeoning city plays host to.

As the capital of the state of Jalisco, if you are staying in the city you are well placed for heading onto the Pacific Coast or day trips to Puerto Vallarta or the town of Tequila. Or you can spend your days soaking up the history or gastronomic joys of the city with one of our expert, local guides.

What to do

  • Take a private guided tours of the city Historic District to discover the history and opulent colonial architecture with one of our expert guides
  • La Ruta de las Cantinas tour is fantastic § takes you to the oldest taverns and wine cellars in the city, explaining the history of each one of them and tasting their most illustrious drinks.
  • If you're going in September, this is when the annual Mariachi festival is held in the city and shouldn't be missed.
  • Take a trip to the town of Tequila, the origins of the liqour, including the Agave Fields of Jimar, tastings and even bottling your own

Accommodation in Guadalajara

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