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Day Trips from Guadalajara

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Mazamitla

Experience the region’s biodiversity and get a taste for Jalisco’s mountain culture with a drive to Mazamitla. Just two hours south of Guadalajara, you’ll find yourself winding through pine cloaked mountains where the air is crisp and bright and tile roofs abound. Mazamitla dates back to at least the twelfth century; the town was a rebel stronghold in the War of Independence. Today you’ll find a traditional plaza surrounded by colonial buildings and a classic arcade. Mazamitla is a popula launch point to hike in the Sierra de Tigre range, but travelers with a more leisurely agenda should visit the nearby waterfall of El Salto and the Enchanted Garden, where visitors can pad across wooden bridges that criss-cross a tumbling stream.

Hacienda Highway

Jalisco is hacienda country, and remnants of the once vast estates can be seen on the “Hacienda Highway.” Head out of Guadalajara on the road to Jocotepec, but instead make a right toward Tala. Your first stop is the small town of Mazatepec. On one corner of the town plaza you’ll spot the walls of an ancient hacienda and a line of palms that mark the once grand drive. If you talk to locals, you’ll likely hear legends of secret passageways and buried treasure. Resist the impulse to spring for a metal detector and instead travel onward to Tala, where you’ll take a left on Highway 70 to Ameca. Make a left at “El Limon.” From there you’ll take a dirt road to the hacienda of El Cabezón, one of the richest landholdings of the nineteenth century. This hacienda is in better shape than some, with a restored chapel and a striking fountain adorned with serpent heads. Be sure to check out the chapel’s gilded altar piece. When you’re done exploring, get back on the highway and continue west to the town of Ameca for lunch. If you’re still feeling adventurous, you’ll find even more ruined haciendas in the area, including La Esperanza, 4 km to the southeast. From Ameca it’s a straight shot back to Guadalajara on Highway 70. 

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Shared Arrival Transfer: Guadalajara Airport to Hotels

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Travel from Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport to your Guadalajara hotel worry-free and without a hassle. Shared transfers are available 24 hours ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: Varies

From USD $17.99

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

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

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

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

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