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3 Days in Guadalajara: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 2014

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Day 1: Guadalajara Mural Walk

If you have a bucket list for Mexican art, Guadalajara’s Centro Historico is a good place to start. The great muralist Jose Clemente Orozco is from Jalisco, and he did right by his home state. If you start at the Plaza Tapatía and walk through the sculpture garden at its eastern end, you’ll find the Instituto Cultural Cabañas, which contains a chapel with 57 frescos by Jalisco’s native son. Intrigued? Walk west to the Plaza de Armas and the Palacio de Gobierno, which houses Orozco’s murals of Father Miguel Hidalgo. For contrast, head southwest along Juarez to the Biblioteca IberoAmericana Octavio Paz, where you can see the work of Orozco’s contemporary David Siqueiros. Cap your day with a meal at the arty Santo Coyote (Lerdo de Tejada 2379).

Day 2: Guadalajara Parks

Get a feel for the surrounding landscape with a morning hike in the Barranca de Huentitán-Oblatos (Calzada Independencia Norte), a tropical nature reserve on the outskirts of town. Then spend a more leisurely afternoon in the shade-dappled Parque Agua Azul (973 Calzada Independencia Sur), a favorite of Tapatío families for more than two centuries. The park features a pond, a butterfly dome, an aviary of toucans and scarlet macaws, and an orchid house. Open from 10am-6:30pm with an admission fee of six pesos. The aviary closes at 5pm.

Day 3: Shop Guadalajara

Spend the morning bargain shopping for folk art in Tonalá, and then head for lunch at the cavernous Mercado Libertad (52 Javier Mina). The market’s fondas (stalls) offer traditional, inexpensive fare. Choose a fonda with plenty of traffic, and enjoy the perfect combination of simple ingredients, served fast and hot. Afterward, you can peruse everything from skeins of chorizo to witchcraft supplies in the eight-square-block interior. In the mood for higher end shopping? The nearby Plaza Tapatía is lined in department stores, and the surrounding neighborhood has specific mini shopping districts, including amazing window displays of Mexican wedding and quinceañera gowns. Consider the centrally-located Fonda de San Miguel (Donata Guerra 25) for dinner.

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Tequila Express: Guadalajara Tequila Train Tour with Tastings

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Ride a traditional passenger train to Jalisco – one of the only tequila-producing regions of Mexico – and discover how the world’s tequila is made! You’ll ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 9-11 hours

From USD $159.99

Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

View the magnificent architecture of Guadalajara and the beautiful handicrafts of Tlaquepaque! During your 5-hour sightseeing tour, you’ll stop at important ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.99

Lake Chapala and Ajijic Half-Day Tour from Guadalajara

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Visit the charming villages of Chapala and Ajijic, which border Mexico's largest natural lake. This half-day tour from Guadalajara takes you by minivan to Lake ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.99

Tlaquepaque and Tonala Day Trip from Guadalajara

Visit two lovely colonial villages, Tlaquepaque and Tonala, on a half-day sightseeing tour from nearby Guadalajara. In these charming artisan towns best known ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.99

Tlaquepaque Food Tour and Tequila Tasting

Get acquainted with Tlaquepaque and its culinary traditions on this 3-hour food tour! Taste delicious local dishes and sample the tequila of Jalisco while ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.99

Guadalajara Nightlife: Mariachi Music and Tequila Tasting

Enjoy a fun night out in Guadalajara that combines two of Mexico’s most popular cultural delights — mariachi and tequila — both of which come from this region ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.99

Zapopan Tour from Guadalajara: Basilica of Our Lady and Huichol Art Museum

Visit the top two attractions in the nearby town of Zapopan on this 4-hour tour from Guadalajara with a local guide. Just a 25-minute drive from Guadalajara, ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99

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