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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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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

When it comes to international happiness rankings, Mexico has long done well in many measurements. In fact, in 2019, Mexico placed number 23 beating out every other Latin American country except for Costa Rica. But in 2020, things looks a lot different as the country slipped 23 spots on the list. What does this mean for Mexico and its residents? 

Mexico slips 23 spots on the World Happiness Report thanks to a variety of compelling factors.

Mexico plummeted 23 places to the 46th happiest nation in the world, according to the 2020 happiness rankings in the latest edition of the United Nations’ World Happiness Report. The coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on Mexicans’ happiness in 2020, the new report indicates.

“Covid-19 has shaken, taken, and reshaped lives everywhere,” the report noted, and that is especially true in Mexico, where almost 200,000 people have lost their lives to the disease and millions lost their jobs last year as the economy recorded its worst downturn since the Great Depression.

Based on results of the Gallup World Poll as well as an analysis of data related to the happiness impacts of Covid-19, Mexico’s score on the World Happiness Report index was 5.96, an 8% slump compared to its average score between 2017 and 2019 when its average ranking was 23rd.

The only nations that dropped more than Mexico – the worst country to be in during the pandemic, according to an analysis by the Bloomberg news agency – were El Salvador, the Philippines and Benin.

Mexico has struggled especially hard against the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Since the pandemic started, Mexico has fared far worse than many other countries across Latin America. Today, there are reports that Mexico has been undercounting and underreporting both the number of confirmed cases and the number of deaths. Given this reality, the country is 2nd worst in the world when it comes to number of suspected deaths, with more than 200,000 people dead. 

Could the happiness level have an impact on this year’s elections?

Given that Mexico’s decline in the rankings appears related to the severity of the coronavirus pandemic here, one might assume that the popularity of the federal government – which has been widely condemned for its management of the crisis from both a health and economic perspective – would take a hit.

But a poll published earlier this month found that 55.9% of respondents approved of President López Obrador’s management of the pandemic and 44% indicated that they would vote for the ruling Morena party if the election for federal deputies were held the day they were polled.

Support for Morena, which apparently got a shot in the arm from the national vaccination program even as it proceeded slowly, was more than four times higher than that for the two main opposition parties, the PAN and the PRI.

Still, Mexico’s slide in the happiness rankings could give López Obrador – who has claimed that ordinary Mexicans are happier with him in office – pause for thought.

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Mexico Is Owning The Instagram-Worthy World Of Glamping With These Bubble Hotels

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Mexico Is Owning The Instagram-Worthy World Of Glamping With These Bubble Hotels

Right now just about everyone is itching to go on vacation. But considering that we’re still mid-pandemic and the call remains to socially distance, what can one do?

Sure, glamping is nothing new – it’s filled our Instagram feeds for years and was around long before that – but it may just provide travelers with that socially-distanced staycation that so many of us need right about now. Or, better yet, wait a little while longer and get yourself to Mexico where several new glamping bubble hotels are popping up.

Mexico will soon have three “bubble hotel” options for tourists looking for the next level of “glamping.”

When you think of camping, many of us think of bugs, not showering, and doing our private business behind a bush somewhere. While that’s still definitely an option for those of us that are into it, glamping has been a trend towards making the camping experience a more comfortable one.

Glamping has been gaining popularity among nature lovers, who also want to enjoy those everyday creature comforts, but in the midst of beautiful landscapes. That’s why bubble hotels have been popping up across Mexico, to offer clients a unique stay, close to nature they’re the perfect ‘getaway’ to get out of your daily routine.

From the bosque outside Mexico City to the deserts of Baja, Mexico is a glamping paradise. 

These bubble hotels have rooms described by travel guidebook publisher Lonely Planet as essentially inflatable, transparent domes designed to allow guests to cocoon themselves in nature without quite leaving their material comforts behind. 

There are already two such properties across Mexico with a third which will begin welcoming guests sometime toward the end of this year.

One of those that is already operational is Alpino Bubble Glamping in Mexico City while the other is the Campera Bubble Hotel in the Valle de Guadalupe wine region of Baja California.

Located in the Cumbres de Ajusco National Park in the south of the capital, the former has just two “bubbles,” a 40-square-meter deluxe one that goes for 4,500 pesos (about US $220) a night and a 25-square-meter standard where a stay costs a slightly more affordable 4,000 pesos.

Both have views of the Pico del Águila, the highest point of the Ajusco, or Xitle, volcano, and come equipped with telescopes that guests can use to get a better view of the surrounding scenery and night sky.

Bubble glamping isn’t the camping our parents dragged us out to do in the woods as kids.

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Sure you may be connecting with nature and enjoying awesome activities like horseback riding, stargazing, hiking or rafting, but these properties come with all the creature comforts we’re used to. 

Move nights, wifi, breakfast in bed, warm showers, luxurious bedding, and even a full bar are all standard amenities at many of these properties.

What do you think? Would you be up to stay the night at one of these bubble hotels?

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