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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.

These Mayan Women Are Reclaiming Their Heritage And Designing The Coolest Products Ever

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These Mayan Women Are Reclaiming Their Heritage And Designing The Coolest Products Ever

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Much has been said about the vulnerable position that indigenous populations in general, and indigenous women in particular, are in when it comes to protecting the intellectual property derived from their traditional designs.

The Mexican Congress recently passed a law through which companies that steal designs from indigenous communities will be subject to hefty fines. The culprits are generally big international brands such as Zara and Carolina Herrera, which should know better when it comes to presenting designs as their own when they are clearly very “heavily inspired” by the work of craftspeople who earn a small fraction of what they should, only to see their designs being sold in hundreds and even thousands of dollars.

So it comes as a welcome surprise to find out some indigenous Mayan women have gotten together to profit from their millenary wisdom and dexterous hands to launch a startup that promises to become a way of living for many of them. 

An entrepreneur, una jefa de jefas, named Nancy Zavala launched a small company, Zavy, that employs Mayan women.

The company’s mission is to help women achieve financial independence through their work. Zavala knows that the key in a small company is specialization and they have focused on a particular product: camera straps. So far 20 women have joined Zavy. As Zavala told El Universal, these women feel a sense of accomplishment as their children see them work and their husbands, who previously “did not allow them” to do so, now also want to help. Women from other Mayan communities have approached Zavala, wanting to join in.

This is a great step for many Mayan women who not only live in an environment with very clearly and strictly demarcated gender roles, but are also part of an indigenous group in Mexico that has historically been discriminated against. Zavala put her heart, soul and money in this enterprise: the first straps were produced entirely with her savings.

Their camera straps are garnering attention among semi professional and professional circles.

The craftswomen receive 50% of the profits and the rest is reinvested in the company to buy materials and strengthen their web presence. They have been able to sell to Mexico. the United States and some Latin American countries. These camera straps are seriously cool and we can see any professional photojournalist use them…. Pero por supuesto.

We did a search on Etsy and found that plenty of pages not run my Mayans are selling “Mayan camera straps.” They either copy the design or “repurpose” other artefacts such as belts or clothing with traditional Mayan embroidery. This is like adding insult to injury: they are reselling objects that took hours for someone to make and sell for a fraction of what these repurposed straps sell on Etsy. This is why initiatives such as Zavala’s are so important. 

Nancy founded Zavy to honor her Mayan heritage.

Nancy was born in the small community of Saye and she grew up watching her grandmother make blouses, shirts and other products in the traditional Mayan style. But she knew that in order to achieve financial independence she had to study. And so she went to university and became one of the members of the 1% of indigenous Mexicans who finish a graduate degree. She got a Bachelors in Project Development, a huge achievement in and of itself. But her journey did not end there and she wanted to inspire other women and get them to be independent as well. And so Zavy was born.

Nancy is 28 years old now and she is doing her Master’s degree in Merida, the capital of her home state of Yucatan. We are sure she will keep using her knowledge to empower indigenous women. 

And Zany is just one among other initiatives that aim to help Mayan communities.

With some classmates, Nancy established a foundation that helps communities develop through applying their traditional knowledge into businesses. In addition to Zany, Nancy and her friends helped Mayan communities establish Biozano, a company that produces natural, organic makeup. 

Some of the women had to drastically change their careers due to unfortunate accidents.

Such is the case of Cecilia Dzul Tuyb, who used to be a police officer before a car crash prevented her from walking for several months. She was risking depression but found solace in traditional knitting. She was contacted by Nancy Zavala and the rest, as they say, is history: Cecilia has found a community of fellow women who do not want to depend economically on anyone else and who value their independence.

The Steelers Will Have Their International Game This Year, And They Want To Play In Mexico For Their Fans

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The Steelers Will Have Their International Game This Year, And They Want To Play In Mexico For Their Fans

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It’s official, the Steelers will have their international game this year, but the place is not yet confirmed. Previous exhibition games were held in Montreal, Barcelona, London, and Tokyo. It’s been years since the team competed directly south of the border. And since Mexico is the home to one of largest fan bases of the Pittsburgh Steelers, they want to play their international game against the Jacksonville Jaguars south of the border

This time, the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking forward to playing in Mexico. 

The Steelers are happy to play an international game, but they have a clear preference for where that game would be. The president of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Art Rooney, said, “We continue to raise our hand and say we’re interested in playing a game in Mexico.”  

The Steelers are expected to have an international game this year like they have in previous years.

One of them is their match against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Meanwhile, it has been rumored that the Jaguars will have a game in London sometime this year.

People are already showing their excitement on social media because who doesn’t want to see the Steelers playing in Mexico.

“I need the best seat for the event of the year” tweeted one user. “I’ll sell my soul to be there,” wrote another die-hard fan. 

Mexico is home to a large portion of the Steeler Nation.

Steeler Nation, as their fans call themselves, proudly wear black and gold in Mexico. Fernando Camacho, a Mexican fan shared this saying in Spanish in an interview with ‘Behind the Steel curtain’, “Mi Corazon y mi alma son Amarillo y negro pero mi pasion y mi orgullo son de acero.” (My heart and soul are Black and Gold, but my passion and pride are made of steel.)

So naturally, the team’s first choice for an international game is to play in Mexico.

Rooney added during an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that, “They have to work out the logistics and all the pieces of the puzzle to have a game down there. Our first choice would be to play a game in Mexico if we have an international trip.” 

The Steelers have a history with Mexico that runs deep.

The Steelers played the Vikings in London in 2013, but have a longer history with Mexico. They played an exhibition game there in 2000, and have conducted clinics there in the past to try to drum up interest. They’ve also played in exhibition games in Toronto, Montreal, Barcelona, Tokyo, and Dublin. Rooney said that they prefer to have it in Mexico where they have a large number of fans. Mexico is also a neutral ground for both teams. 

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