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“Guadalajara "Europe in Mexico"”
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Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
21 helpful votes
“Guadalajara "Europe in Mexico"”
Reviewed January 4, 2008

This city is perfect por any kind of person, cause it offers what any other big 5million inhabitants city could offers, the cultural power of the city is one of the main atractions, XIX century neoclasic and barroco architecture, handcraft markets, ecelent gastronomy, hundreds of museums and theaters and many interesting cultural festivals and points of atraction.

For a more modern trip, this city is a paradise for shoppers with more than 14 malls around the metropolitan area, and thousand of shops since the most affordable to the high fashion international designers, affordable local gastronomy or many upscale restaurants to pick for.
The nightlife is something that can't be missed! Thousands of clubs, bars, pubs and discotheques for all kinds of tastes, since the folkoric bar with mariachi and tequila, to the fancy clubs in the western area, passing trhough the electronic bars and pubs, and a huge selection of Gay clubs for those who like that kind of environment.
A vast selection of events makes this city another great option, the opera conecerts at Degollado theater, Clasical Music Orchestras and all the international events including world tour of each and every single artist on tour has a almost obligatory connection to this elegant city. Guadalajara is known as one of the most important electronic music cirquit cities in the world, so the international Dj's and electronic music projects are often in town.
The sports sucha as golf, tennis, soccer, voley ball, basket, rugby, etc. are very propular and the city has a first world infraestructure to practice all this kind of sports and know ineresting people and make some friends, also the extreme exports can be practiced in the many urban parks and sport parks and also in the surounding areas, as the Huentitan Canyon, the Santiago river and the Mountains and rock hills of "el diente" and "centinela hills", perfect for climbing, kayaking, ride on bycycle, and for wheels, ride on horse, or enjoy the perfect climate of Guadalajara in a pick-nick day. The city has also places to practice racing cars, and in-door places for the practice of climbling, and all of the mentioned above.
In the same state (Jalisco) you have a diversity of options to get a cabain in the cold forest in the eastern Jalisco (Mazamitla, Tapalpa), to visit small french and european colonies and colorful towns in the north-east side (los altos, Jalostotitlán, Tepatitlán, Lagos de Moreno, etc.) and the pacific ocean beaches and jungles in the western side of the state and 3 hours drving (Puerto Vallarta, Careyes, Barra de Navidad, Chamela). If it's about party, culture, shopping, arts, fine dinning, discovering new horizons or simply visit a very exciting place, Guadalajara is for me the best option in Mexico.

4 Thank raveonpragha
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Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
79 helpful votes
“Guadalahara and Lake Chapala Area”
Reviewed December 14, 2007

Tomorrow we finish a 7 night stay - 2 nights in Ajijik and 5 nights in Guadalajara Centro. I should say that we both speak enough Spanish to be understood and interact with anyone we meet. Speaking some Spanish is incredibly helpful. The people here are very nice and helpful, and I am sure they would go out of their way to help you if you don't speak Spanish.

We rented a car from Thrifty at the airport and drove to Ajijik, by Lake Chapala. We had a wonderful two nights at Villa del Angel. This is an incredible home turned B&B. The only down side is that it is a very steep walk about 4 blocks above the main road. Almost all of the roads are cobbles - if you are in good physical shape this is a great place to visit. We received great restaurant suggestions from our hostess - try Tango and Tony's in San Antonio. Both were great. The lake was disappointing - it isn't very pretty, though it is huge, and no one uses it because it is only 15 feet deep and muddy.

Guadalajara was a mixed bag. We stayed at Hotel de Mendoza and were generally pleased. It did not live up to the ads or the description in the Moon handbook. Still, it was clean and you cannot beat the location. Every night there was something happening in the plaza, and the Christmas decorations are quite a sight - many lighted decorations in all the plazas and over the downtown streets.

Restaurants here are really good and inexpensive by US standards. By far the best was La Antigua, above the square in front of the Cathedral. Nice setting, nice view, good service, good food, reasonable prices.

Our first four days we were busy with sights to see - went to Tonala and Talaquapaque, saw the Cathedral, Museum, buildings in the downtown with the Orosco murals, and saw a performance at the Degollado Theatre. By the last day we were scrounging for things to do - went to the park Agua Azul which was quite disappointing - there were six moths in the butterfly house, about 10 orchids blooming in the orchid house, the aviary was locked though we could see big bird bellies up against the fence, and it was generally in bad repair, but the trees were very pretty. From there we went to Plaza del Sol expecting more to see but it is only a shopping center - there was only one redeeming feature - there was a Starbucks! We ended up back at the Mercado Libertad and seeing the Jewelry mega complex - unbelievable amount of jewelry. I would have spent another day in Ajijik relaxing. It was hard to spend time at Hotel de Mendoza anywhere besides our room as the lobby was full of smoke and the air here is quite polluted, though not as bad as we had heard.

Of course, the shopping here was fun, too. The Mercado Libertad is amazing, and the Thursday market in Tonala went on and on.

Overall, I think you have to do Guadalajara/Talaquapaque to get a feel for the history of Mexico. After you have been here you understand what the Mexican people went through to gain their independence from Spain and from the Catholic Church. When you go to see the murals in the Cabanas, make sure you hire a guide at the information to expalin them or you won't get it. If you really want to know what Mexico is about, this is the place to come.

51 Thank BellainBellevue
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texarkana texas
1 review
51 helpful votes
“Great City In Mexico”
Reviewed October 26, 2007

We visited the central District in Guadalajara in October, 2007 and stayed at the hotel de Mendoza. The hotel is a a great location downtown 1/4 mile to the cathedral, opera house, tapatia mall, governors mansion and art gallery - The plaza contains all of the above in a pedestrian walking area and fountains statues and the central market- so many wonders in one area, The hotel is so gracious with a great dining room - just average rooms - bigger than Paris - the restaurants are romantic and$25 for two meals - Please go during the Catholic celebration of the "Virgin of Zappopan" 10/12/07 etc. wonderful parades - 50,000, concerts - October is the best time - We traveled to two suburbs for great shopping and dining - Tonala and Tlaquepaque - Great shopping and restaurants $10 by taxi - Finally if you go ,shedule to see the Ballet Folklorio at the opera house - it is the national dance company of Mexico - It is not a ballet but dances and costumes {15 costume changes} and Mariachis at the beautiful opera house next to your hotel.enjoy

51 Thank lkellytexarkana
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Crowley, TX
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
15 helpful votes
“Experince Historical Mexico”
Reviewed September 27, 2007

Our recent trip to GDL was really a HUGE history lesson, we learned so much. GLD was under Spanish rule along with the rest of Mexico for over 300 years before it was self governing. Because of this there are many building that the spaniards build as government buildings, houses, and of course their magnificent churches. GDL has over 350 churches many of them are neo-classical and neo gothic; their Altars compare with many of the European churches that I have seen.
GDL is a thriving city of almost 6 million people and there is something for every taste and culture. Getting around in taxi is the easiest and quickest way. The people are friendly and always willing to recommend different places to eat and things to see. We would recommand GDL to anyone who is wanting to learn more about Mexico or who want to plan a family vacation because there is so much to see and do.

2 Thank abuenin
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Dallas, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
26 reviews
21 helpful votes
“Tourist friendly city”
Reviewed July 17, 2007

Guadalajara is a great city. When you arrive you'll be pleasantly surprised to be greeted by friendly employees at the airport. Taxi drivers are friendly as well. Downtown is where all the buzz is. Great historical buildings and monuments to see. Unlike, Mexico City, their downtown is pedestrian friendly. Many plazas and water fountains. Women in particular will love "Centro Joyeria Magno" at the "Plaza Tapatio". It's is a large department store like building that houses hundreds of jewelers. While in downtown you must ride the "Tapatio Tours" tour bus. Best way to see the most important sights. The food is great. Stop by any "Sanborns" restaurant in downtown for breakfast, can't go wrong. Scattered around downtown you'll find tourist information centers. Before you leave Guadalajara make sure you stop at "Bariachi" restuarant and bar. Perfect place to see Mariachis. Personally I agree with what the locals claim, Guadalajara is definitely the "most mexican city". The only thing that I did not like about the city is the unsightly graffiti plagued neighborhoods. Worst then Mexico City. If that doesn't bother you, then you'll have a memorable time in this great city.

5 Thank Trvltex
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