By: Nancy C Barroso Resendiz, Account Manager, Pro QC International
Guadalajara, Jalisco, as the second largest city of the Mexican Republic, has a reputation as a slower, more conservative and traditional place than other Mexican cities. Many claim that it is the most "Mexican" of the country's big cities, having evolved as a regional centre of trade and commerce without the imbalances of Monterrey's industrial giants or Mexico City's chaotic scale. Being less frenetic than the capital, however, doesn't make it peaceful. By any standards, Guadalajara is huge, sprawling, noisy and energetic. Still, it remains a great place to see something of traditional and modern Mexico, as it offers everything from museums, galleries and colonial architecture to magnificent revolutionary murals and nightlife scene.
Business and Industry:
Portrayed as a "kind city" that is strategically located, Guadalajara is one of Mexico's key business centers and along with the state of Jalisco is the leading commercial area in Mexico´s western region.
In addition to its open business environment and large number of foreign investments, Guadalajara is increasingly being recognized for its convention and exposition facilities, with a prime example being Expo-Guadalajara, a large-scale convention center amid luxurious hotels that cater to the convention-goers' needs.
Learn more by visiting the Expo’s website at http://www.expo-guadalajara.com/inicio_en.html.
Guadalajara is served by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL), with flights coming in from all over the world. More information can be found at http://www.internationalairportguide.com/guadalajara_gdl.html
Guadalajara is full of things to see and do. Within the city, most of the attractions are quite central and easily reached on foot, but when taking a taxi, agree to a price with the driver before the journey.
The most relaxing way to see the Guadalajara sights is by horse-drawn carriage. The 45-minute ride costs about 20 USD and starts outside of the Regional Museum.
A convenient way to travel is by car. You can find all of the major car rental agencies at the airport.
Something new in Guadalajara is the option to rent a bicycle to get around the city. It’s a great way to avoid traffic!
Where to stay:
As the second largest city in Mexico, you can find everything from luxury to simple comfort.
A good place to search and make your reservations is:
You will find information on hotels like:
Holiday Inn - 01 5233 3122 2020
Crowne Plaza - 01 5233 3634 1034
Hilton Hotels - 0152 33 3678 0505
Holiday Inn Express Guadalajara - 0152 33 5000 8080
Where to eat:
In Guadalajara, you can find almost anything you crave. However, nothing beats the taste of authentic Mexican food accompanied with good authentic music. Here are some places to enjoy while you visit Guadalajara:
Los Tres Potrillos - You can enjoy great live traditional music while you savor authentic Mexican plates, such as enchiladas, pozole, birria and other traditional dishes. This is a restaurant owned by the famous Vicente Fernandez, a living legend of Mexican Mariachi music.
Los Tres potrillos
Carretera Chapala SN
La Calera, 45678 Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco
01 33 3161 5858
Karnes Garibaldi – This restaurant holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest service. They serve the delicious “Carne en su jugo” (meat in its own juices). It’s one of my personal favorites!
Garibaldi 1306, Esq Jose Clemente Orozco, Guadalajara, Mexico 44600
+52 33 3826 1286
Another one of my favorite places for good food great music and good tequila is Canelos. Canelos is a place were the specialty is the traditional “Birria de Borrego.”
Canelos S.A de C .V
López Mateos Sur 7777, El Mante, Zapopan, Jalisco
01 33 3684 4723
Of course, if you want something more simple and traditional you will find tacos stands everywhere!
What to do:
If you are looking to have a relaxing evening with live music, casino adventures, nightlife or shopping, Guadalajara has it all. There are places to learn about the culture, history, dancing and many crafts shops as well.
Hotel Casino Plaza - http://www.hcasinoplaza.com/eng/
Hotel Casino Plaza was build to cover the necessities of the demanding tourism. Near two of the main avenues of the city Ave. Vallarta and Ave. Federalismo, Hotel Casino Plaza is a short distance to business centers and traditional towns.
There are also great plazas for easy, fast and fun shopping. The plazas are a great place not only to shop but also to enjoy nice shows. A famous plaza known for good entertainment is Plaza Andares hosting live music and various performances at no cost for the visitors. Andares is one of the biggest “plazas” in Mexico. It’s definitely a place you have to see!
If you are looking to have a soft drink or just relax, there are plenty of family restaurants and bars in the area.
If what you want is to see the city and the surrounding areas, you might also want to consider the tours. Guadalajara offers inexpensive tours to places like Tonala, well know for artisan workshops and sidewalk stalls filled to the brim with pottery and stoneware pieces. Tonala is a great place to shop for souvenirs and fine art.
You can also take a tour to the town of Tequila, which is about 6o km from the city of Guadalajara. Tequila is best known as the birthplace of the drink that bears its name, which is made from the native agave plant. These fun tours take you to the destiladoras to view the making of tequila and of course you can enjoy the tastes while you’re there. You can find details at: