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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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