Second only in size, stature and importance to Mexico City, Guadalajara is capital of the Jalisco state and despite its size, is actually a friendly and rather appealing metropolis. Amidst the sparkling skyscrapers and dramatic modern architecture, Guadalajara's historic centre (Centro Historico) is full of character and elegant old structures. In this part of Guadalajara you will find a series of plazas, horse-drawn carriages (calandrias), pedestrianised streets and pleasant green areas, complete with flowers and benches.
Locals from Guadalajara and throughout Jalisco are often referred to as 'tapatios' and have contributed greatly to the country's lifestyle and culture. In fact, the region is responsible for the arrival of tequila, traditional mariachi music, and even the country's iconic sombrero hat. Cowboy-style rodeos (charreadas) also originated from the Guadalajara area and are always a time of great excitement.
A historic city with a modern outlook, Guadalajara will delight any vacationer!Please visit the Guadalajara Tourism board to discover how to make the most of your visit.