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.