Travel Guadalajara Mexico Maps Guadalajara Travel and Vacation Info

Travel Guadalajara Mexico Maps Guadalajara, Mexico is Mexico's second largest city, has long been among the most important of Mexican cities economically and politically. Recently, it has come to be a favorite location for foreign vacationers and retirees. The city its 450th anniversary in 1992. Throughout the centuries, the city has become rich in history, and to this day, many of the most historic and beautiful of Guadalajara's buildings still stand as reminders of the significance Guadalajara has had and will continue to have on Mexico. Combining an agreeable climate, varied leisure pursuits, historical sightseeing and assorted cultural attractions.

Guadalajara and the surrounding state of Jalisco are two of Mexico's most beautiful and historic showpieces. As the second largest city in Mexico, with more than 5 million people, the city has grown significantly in the past 10 years. Although modern progress had added some urban inconveniences, it is the perfect place for visitors looking for a taste of authentic Mexican culture together with modern comforts and attractions.

Guadalajara and Jalisco are known as the home of tequila, mariachi music and the charro tradition: Mexico's ornately dressed horsemen who perform a Mexican-style rodeo known as charreadas. When visiting Guadalajara, day trips will showcase the state's diverse natural beauty. Many visitors enjoy the gorgeous villages lining Lake Chapala, Mexico's largest freshwater lake. Others head for the rugged Sierra Madre mountains and the tranquil alpine villages of Tapalpa and Mazamitla.

Almost all luxury hotels in Guadalajara Mexico are located in the west side of the city close to Plaza del Sol, a large hotel, shopping and entertainment complex developed on the 1980s. Hotel Fiesta Americana is a 22-story luxury hotel with one of the best-equipped business centers in Guadalajara. Amenities include non-smoking floors, tennis courts, exercise room, pool and business services. Hotel Crowne Plaza Guadalajara has beautiful gardens surrounding a large pool. The hotel is known for its excellent service and amenities include miniature golf, tennis courts, massage, baby-sitting and a exercise room.

Travel Guadalajara Mexico MapsGuadalajara Hotels are located downtown (centro histórico) do not have the amenities of west side hotels however there are several quite comfortable. Hotel de Mendoza is a good example. It has a refined neo-renaissance decoration and comfortable rooms. Hotel del Mendoza enjoys one of the best locations on a quiet street two block from the cathedral and one block from Teatro Degollado. Other good downtown hotel alternatives are hotel Cervantes and Calinda Roma.

Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico and offers a variety of places for dancing and having fun. Live music is available at Rock Cocó and 1907 El Antro, one of the most popular spots among Guadalajara?s young at heart.

One of the most interesting places of historical interest in Guadalajara is the Government Palace. It was first occupied by the governors of the old territory of Nueva Galicia, now the state of Jalisco, during the colonial period. Then, during the 19th century, it was the lodging of the insurgent, Miguel Hidalgo, who passed the law abolishing slavery from that very palace in 1810. Years later, it was the headquarters of the Federal Government when, Don Benito Juárez, the great patriot, took over the building during his flight from the conservative troops of Generals Miramón and Márquez.

Craftsmen village, Tlaquepaque owes its prestige and international renown to the skilled potters that mold the local clay. It is a wonderful place for buying high-quality craftwork, not least because of the excellent prices found in this town that was once the soul of Mexico.

The former indigenous capital, Tonalá, "the city where the sun rises" is Jalisco?s pottery center and the only place where ceramics are produced using eleven different techniques. Also worth visiting is the Pantaleón Panduro Museum of the National Ceramics Prize which contains a spectacular sample of Mexican ceramic arts.

Tequila is a strong, transparent, alcoholic drink that is considered to be Mexico's national drink. It is obtained from the plant called maguey that grows in and around the town of Tequila, in the state of Jalisco. Ancient people made alcoholic beverages using the maguey plant long before the Spaniards came to the New World. In order to refine the drink the Spaniards introduced the process of distillation. It takes between 8 and 12 years for the maguey to mature. When it is ready to be harvested, the leaves and spikes of the maguey are stripped away, leaving only the heart, which looks like a pineapple. The heart is roasted, pressed, and then shredded to extract the juice, to which sugar is added. The mixture is left to ferment for four days, and then it is distilled twice. Afterwards the tequila is aged in wooden casks and the final product is a clear liquid.

State of Jalisco is also home to Puerto Vallarta Mexico Home of the 2nd largest bay in North America.


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