The largest city in Mexico’s western central highlands, Guadalajara is the capital city of the Mexican state of Jalisco and a top tourist destination for visitors to the region. Originally founded in 1542, colonial Guadalajara is rich in history and culture, and best-known for its many contributions to the Mexican lifestyle, namely mariachi music, tequila, the sombrero and the Mexican rodeo.
Guadalajara’s Centro Histórico (Historic Center) is home to the majority of the city’s important sights and monuments. Here you’ll find the twin-towered cathedral, numerous plazas and government buildings as well as the regional history museum, state university and theater. Most of the attractions in the historic center of Guadalajara are within walking distance of one another and the downtown area can be easily explored on foot.
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