Guadalajara: Places to Explore

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  • Ajijic

    Ajijic has narrow cobblestone streets, vibrantly colored buildings, and a gentle pace—with the exception of the considerably trafficky main highway through the town's southern end. The foreign...

  • Around Lago de Chapala

    Mexico's largest natural lake is a one-hour drive southeast of Guadalajara. Surrounded by jagged hills and serene towns, Lake Chapala is a favorite Tapatío getaway and a haven for thousands of...

  • Centro Histórico

    The downtown core is a mishmash of modern and old buildings connected by a series of large plazas, four of which were designed to form a cross when viewed from the sky, with the cathedral in the...

  • Chapala

    Chapala was a placid weekend getaway for aristocrats in the late 19th century, but when then-president Porfirio Díaz got in on the action in 1904, other wealthy Mexicans followed suit. More and...

  • San Juan Cosalá

    San Juan Cosalá is known for its thermal-water spas along Lago de Chapala.

  • Tequila

    As you leave the bustle of Guadalajara to head west, the entire landscape changes; suddenly, the land is peppered with the distinctive blue-green color of agave. As you near Tequila, families are...

  • Teuchitlán

    Teuchitlán itself isn't much to see: a small Mexican town like many others, with a few small eateries surrounding a central plaza. But its main draw, the mysterious Guachimontones Ruins, are...

  • Tlaquepaque

    Local arts and handicrafts fill the showrooms and stores in this touristy town where you'll find carved wood furniture, colorful ceramics, and hand-stitched clothing, among other goods. Pedestrian...

  • Tonalá

    Among the region's oldest pueblos is bustling Tonalá, a unique place filled with artisan workshops small and large. Although it's been swallowed by ever-expanding Guadalajara, Tonalá remains...

  • Zapopan

    Mexico's former corn-producing capital is now a municipality of wealthy enclaves, modern hotels, and malls surrounded by hills of poor communities (as is much of metropolitan Guadalajara). Farther...

  • Zona Minerva

    Also known as Zona Rosa (Pink Zone), this district west of the Centro Histórico is arguably the pulse of the city. At night a seemingly endless strip of the region's trendiest restaurants and...

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