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  • Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
View the magnificent architecture of Guadalajara and the beautiful handicrafts of Tlaquepaque! During your 5-hour sightseeing tour, you’ll stop at important landmarks in Guadalajara’s historical downtown, full of colonial buildings like the main cathedral and Teatro Degollado (Degollado Theater). Walk through the enormous Mercado Libertad (Liberty Market) before continuing by air-conditioned minivan to nearby Tlaquepaque, where you’ll have time to stroll the cobblestone streets and crafts market.

Highlights

  • 5-hour city sightseeing tour of Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque
  • Glimpse the colonial history and modern-day culture of downtown Guadalajara
  • View famous monuments at Plaza de la Liberacion (Liberation Square), such as the Degollado Theater
  • Discover the charming town of Tlaquepaque and its market of traditional Mexican handicrafts
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned minivan included

What You Can Expect

Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque City Sightseeing Tour

Explore Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque on a city tour

Your guide will pick you up by minivan at your hotel and take you to Guadalajara’s historical downtown to begin your city sightseeing tour. Stop at the Plaza de Armas, home to the Guadalajara’s twin-towered cathedral. One of the city’s most magnificent landmarks, the cathedral boasts a richly decorated interior with gold-leaf pillars, Gothic vaults and a stained-glass window of the Last Supper.

Head to nearby Liberation Square, which takes up two whole city blocks filled with beautiful colonial buildings. At the Instituto Cultural de Cabanas, where drama, dance and music is performed, you’ll see another example of Guadalajara's stunning architecture, including a popular museum that houses modernist murals. Admire the neoclassical design of the Degollado Theater before continuing to the Plaza de la Rotonda, located on the north side of the cathedral. Here, your guide will tell your group about the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Illustres (Rotunda of the Illustrious People of Jalisco), a circular monument of 20 bronze sculptures honoring Jalisco's best-known architects, writer, composers and scientists.

Afterward, walk with your guide through Mercado Libertad, also known as Mercado San Juan de Dios, one of Mexico’s biggest traditional markets. You’ll see local vendors selling everything from produce, traditional candies and flowers to rugs, clothing and leather goods at more than 2,600 stalls.

Then, drive to Tlaquepaque, a small colonial village just 4 miles (7 km) southeast of downtown Guadalajara. Enjoy free time strolling the narrow cobblestone streets and admire the beautiful architecture or purchase a traditional meal and delicious drink for lunch (own expense). You'll have a chance to walk around one of Tlaquepaque's arts and crafts markets, where you can find Mexican wood carvings, ceramics, pottery and leather items, before your guide returns you to your hotel in Guadalajara.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour and guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Ophelia, my tour guide, was very knowledgable, professional and kind. She picked me up from a bed a breakfast that I stayed at with no additional cost. She had good understanding of the cities, their history and current affairs. She showed me around some of the local shops and helped me buy awesome things from street vendors. Her english was perfect too. No complains really.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Eduardo was.. great .......very knowledgeable helpful...we enjoyed every minute of the tour and would highly recommend him, and the tour............thank you.........jane and scott

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Our Tour Guide Ricardo was very good and knowledgeable. I wish we had more time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Ricardo was knowledgable and willing to go along with the plans we had made in our trip to Guad. I would recommend him to anyone traveling there.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Ricardo was excellent. Great service, very knowledgeable. Highly recommended. Great tour.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

The tour was good value for money. Ricardo's English was very acceptable and his personal knowledge of Tlaquepaque, with visits to local artisans, made the tour most enjoyable. Pick up and drop off at our hotel in an immaculate sedan was a nice touch. A very nice introduction to Guadalajara .

4 star rating: Recommended November 2014

I really enjoyed this tour - it covered a lot and involved virtually no travelling which is always good

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to Guadalajara. Ricardo spoke English very well and was very knowledgeable about the city and its history. Unfortunately - no fault of the tour company or guide - our tour was on a Monday and many of the public buildings were closed.

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2014

The tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly. Overall, it was a great way to see the city and hear all the history.

Some feedback...
- The tour was only 3hrs vs the 5hrs indicated on the website.
- Booking the tour online was very easy but then I had to track down the Mexican tour operator to confirm the complimentary pick up and drop off at the hotel. This should be part of the online booking process.
- My tour was booked for a Monday and many places are closed on Mondays in Guadalajara, The tour should not be offered or the customer should be informed at time of booking. Unfortunately, There were many places we could not visit.

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