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18 Must-See Locations When You Visit Guadalajara

Guadalajara, Mexico is a city filled with best of Mexican culture. From art and lounging to Tequila distillery tours and theme parks, Guadalajara has it all. If you are planning a visit to Guadalajara, here are the 18 must see locations of this beautiful city.

1. Plaza de los Mariachis

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If you are looking to indulge in Guadalajara’s culture, make sure to visit La Plaza de los Mariachis. Here you can listen to the sweet sounds of Mariachi as you enjoy a traditional Mexican meal.

2. Los Guachimontones

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If you’re a history junky, don’t miss out on this archeological site. This location is only about an hour west from Guadalajara and well worth the drive.

3. Del Corazon de la Tierra

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Looking to experience more of the culture? Del Corazon de la Tierra is a combination of a store, gallery and museum. Here you can shop for art or simply choose to observe all of these beautifully handmade pieces.

4. La Barranca de Huentitan

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If you enjoy the outdoors, then La Barranca de Huentitan national park is the place for you. Enjoy a hike and or a brisk walk with amazing views.

5. Guadalajara Cathedral

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This is one of the most popular Cathedrals to see in Guadalajara and this beautiful church is a site to see. If you do plan a visit to this location and would like to take a look inside, make sure to look into the mass schedule so that you don’t visit during those times. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck admiring its beauty from the outside.

6. Selva Magica

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If you are looking for some fun and adventure with the family, make a visit to Guadalajara’s theme park, Selva Magica. There are enough rides for all ages.

7. Lake Chapala

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Looking to lounge and bathe in the sun? Lake Chapala is only an hour away from Guadalajara. Enjoy the smell of the freshwater lake as you stroll down the nearby markets.

8. Ajijic

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While you are at Lake Chapala, don’t miss out on the nearby small town, Ajijic. This charming, cultured town is definitely a must see.

9. Casa Tequila Herradura

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Don’t miss out on the chance to taste different types of tequilas while you are in Guadalajara. Casa Herradura is a working distillery that offers tours of the facility. Learn about the making of tequila as you sip on one.

10. Tonala

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Tonala is the location to shop. With many vendors to shop from and affordable prices, you will most likely leave with tons of items for your friends and family without having to spend too much money.

11. Instituto Cultural Cabanas

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If you would like to experience more of Guadalajara’s art and culture, then you can’t miss out on this opportunity. Instituto Cultural Cabanas not only has amazing architecture to look at but over 20 exhibition rooms to enjoy. If you do visit this location, make sure to visit the main chapel where Jose Clemente Orozco’s murals can be found.

12. Nueve Esquinas

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This tiny plaza is the perfect lunch spot. Stop by this calming and relaxing location to enjoy some birria.

13. Zoologico Guadalajara

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If you’re looking for more family fun and adventure, make a visit to Guadalajara’s zoo. Here you can feed giraffes, experience the monkey habitat and watch some birds and reptile shows.

14. La Sala de los Magos y los Magos Universales

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This location has large bronze statues you can actually sit on. This can make for the perfect photo opportunity. This display of urban art is by the artist Alejandro Colunga.

15. Basilica de Zapopan

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This incredible building is another one of Guadalajara’s must see churches. Walk inside and around the courtyard to view its architecture and enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants.

16. Bosque Colomos

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Looking to escape the city? Make a trip to Bosque Colomos. This park has a gorgeous Japanese garden, art sculptures, a bear cave, and a castle.

17. Plaza de Armas

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One of the more popular plazas in the area. This location is filled with life as there are many people walking around and so many beautiful buildings to see. If you visit this location, you are sure to find some street performers to entertain you.

18. Tlaquepaque

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Tlaquepaque is another one of Guadalajara’s small towns nearby. Take a day trip to this town to listen to some mariachi, see their colorful architecture, or take part in a food tour. At night, Tlaquepaque offers many bars and plenty of nightlife to enjoy.

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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The University of Texas San Antonio is bringing the history of Mexico into our kitchens. The university is releasing cookbooks that are collections of historic Mexican recipes. Right now, the desserts book is out and online for free. Main dishes and appetizers/drinks are coming soon.

You can now taste historic Mexico thanks to the University of Texas San Antonio.

UTSA has had an ongoing project of preserving, collecting, and digitizing cookbooks from throughout Mexico’s history. Some books date back to the 1700s and offer a look into Mexico’s culinary arts and its evolution.

UTSA has been digitizing Mexican cookbooks for years and the work is now being collected for people in the time of Covid.

Millions of us are still at home and projects like these can be very exciting and exactly what you need. The recipes are a way to distract yourself from the current reality.

“The e-pubs allow home cooks to use the recipes as inspiration in their own kitchens,” Dean Hendrix, the dean of UTSA Libraries, said in UTSA Today. “Our hope is that many more people will not only have access to these wonderful recipes but also interact with them and experience the rich culture and history contained in the collection.”

The free downloads are a way for people to get a very in-depth look into Mexican food history.

The first of three volumes of the cookbooks focuses on desserts so you can learn how to make churros, chestnut flan, buñelos, and rice pudding. What better way to spend your quarantine than learning how to make some of these yummy desserts. We all love sweets, right?

If you want to get better with making your favorite desserts, check out this cookbook and make it happen.

There is nothing better than diving into your history and using food as your guide. Food is so intrinsically engrained in our DNAs and identities. We love the foods and sweets from our childhood because they hold a clue as to who we are and where we come from. This historical collection of recipes throughout history is the perfect way to make that happen.

READ: The Laziest Food Hacks In All Of The Land Would Send Your Abuela To The Chancla

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Instead Of Celebrating Her Quince, This Teen Donated It All To Help Victims Of Covid-19

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Instead Of Celebrating Her Quince, This Teen Donated It All To Help Victims Of Covid-19

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Few days are as important or as celebrated as a teenager’s 15th birthday. So imagine the level of selflessness one must have to be able to say ‘no, I don’t want any of the celebration, I rather help out my community.’

Well, one teen in Merida, Mexico did just that this week when she told her family ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to her big quince and instead used the money that had been raised for her special day to help out her neighbors who have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Her party was canceled thanks to Coronavirus, so she decided to help out those less fortunate.

In many countries across Latin America, the quinceañera is a huge milestone for teenagers. Beautiful dresses, visits from the entire family, big parties, and the best gifts are the norm at most quinces. But for 15-year-old Jiromy Xool Pech, instead of spending money on a lavish birthday celebration, she opted to use her party funds to help feed the needy.

Jiromy and her family had long planned her quinceañera – she had been looking forward to it for years. But with the pandemic hitting her community in Mérida particularly hard, the teen decided to put the party aside and use everything that had been invested in the ceremony to help her neighbors who have been impacted by the pandemic.

“Instead of partying, I prefer to give food to people, to help them with that,” Jiromy told El Universal. Jiromy not only asked to donate the money for her quince to the community, but she was also out there helping distribute the food to her neighbors.

Jiromy and her family weren’t alone in helping out the community either. Much of the food that was given out was prepared from by neighbors and local businesses that came to join Jiromy’s cause once word began to spread.

Unfortunately, many quinceañeras have been canceled or postponed thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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One of Mexico City’s most famous markets for buying quince dresses – el Mercado Lagunilla – has been closed for three months. This ins’t just hating a major impact on dressmakers and salespeople, but it also means that young teens aren’t able to buy the dresses to celebrate their big day.

But not all is completely lost: there are those who have begun to return, like Ximena González, who came with her family to try on dresses. Her quince was scheduled for May 16, but the pandemic changed everything, and now they expect it to take place in November.

“I was scared and upset but I had to accept it. Some friends can no longer go because they are moving,” she told El Universal. She added, “I hope that when it is my party the infections have gone down and that everything is done as if nothing had happened.”

Mexico has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, including Jiromy’s hometown of Merida.

Jiromy’s selfless act to help her community comes as Mexico continues to see record breaking numbers of cases. Tens of thousands are dying and even more are losing their jobs and being forced back into poverty.

As of August 6, Mexico has more than 456,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 49,698 people have died from the virus. In Jiromy’s state of Yucatan, there have been more than 10,000 cases of the virus and it’s had a huge impact on tourism, which is a major economic force in the state. Therefore, it makes sense that the 15-year-old thought it was important to use the money raised for her party to help those who are suffering financially.

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