Guadalajara Jalisco
The Real Mexico Lindo


Guadalajara Jalisco is Mexico’s second largest city, located in the State of Jalisco. This is home of the famous song “El Jarabe Tapatio” famous all over the world. Tapatio means belonging to Jalisco.

Guadalajara is a picturesque city with many plazas and gardens. To me it looks like the Mexico City I first saw more than 50 years ago with boulevards and parks all over the city.

There are many attractions to see while in Guadalajara. Here are a few of them:




Instituto Cultural Cabañas in Guadalajara

Instituto Cultural Cabañas in Guadalajara


It was originally built at the end of the 18th century as an orphanage and has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Tolsa, the Architect based his design on Les Invalides in Paris, France and El Escorial near Madrid, Spain

It was a hospital until 1980 when the Cabañas Cultural Institute moved in with affiliated schools for arts and crafts. The highlight of the interior decoration is a series of monumental frescoes.




The gorgeous theater

The gorgeous theater "Teatro Degollado" in Guadalajara


This is a beautiful theater, pride of Guadalajara. It was built between 1856 and 1866 when it was inaugurated. The style of the building is neoclassical influenced by the Italian style of theaters. Here you may see many frescos by Gerardo Suarez and Jacobo Gálvez representing the “Divina Comedia”.

Today is the home of Jalisco’s Philharmonic Orchestra, the Folkloric Ballet of the University of Guadalajara, City Hall Ballet and the venue for concerts, opera, classic ballet, recitals and plays. The capacity is for 1030 people.


The Expiatory Temple Catholic Church in Guadalajara

The Expiatory Temple Catholic Church in Guadalajara


This is a Catholic Church located in this city. The style is Gothic and it is considered one of the greatest works of this style in Mexico. Its construction took 75 years from 1897 to 1972

The church has a clock with four lighted dials and a carillon of 25 bells playing 25 pieces both religious and popular music, such as: Ave María, the Mexican National Anthem, Las Mañanitas, Guadalajara, Adiós Mariquita Linda, Las Golondrinas, México Lindo y Querido, and the March of Zacatecas.  There is an interesting detail on the campanile which consists of miniature statues of the 12 apostles which rotate in and out of the tower whenever a musical piece is played.


Guadalajara Jalisco

A wonderful Jaguar in Guadalajara Zoo

A wonderful Jaguar in Guadalajara Zoo


This is the main zoological park in Guadalajara and considered to be the most important in Latin America and also the largest in Mexico. It started to operate in 1988 and has been since then one of Guadalajara’s most popular tourist site. Among the most famous inhabitants of this zoo are:

  • Bengal tiger - Six litters of Bengal tigers have been born in the zoo, all of them sired by the park's resident tiger Niño, who has the tiger's normal coloration but also white genes on his own heritage, which enables him to sire both orange and white cubs.
  • Lowland Gorilla - Gorillas are among the zoo's most famous inhabitants. Lowland gorillas have reproduced twice in the Guadalajara zoo.
  • Baird's tapir - It is housed in the "Tropical Rainforest" section of the park, alongside with jaguars, monkeys, giant anteaters and river otters.

  • Polar bear – They are famous for the sub aquatic exhibition where the bears can be seen swimming and diving.

  • Morelet's Crocodile – This the most endangered crocodile in Mexico has reproduced well in the Guadalajara zoo. Many young crocodiles born to the zoo have been released in the Centla swamps, one of the Morelet's crocodile original habitats.

  • A female Hippopotamus named Tequila was famous in the zoo because of its old age. Tequila died recently, but new hippo calves have been born in the zoo.

It is also noted for being located on the Huentitan Canyon, a natural park in the limits of the city which is in fact one of the natural spots the Zoo has been trying to preserve.




Guachimontones Pyramids

The Guachimontones, spelled Huachimontones is a pre-Hispanic archaeological site in the town of Teuchitlan.



Guachimontones Pyramids


Expo Guadalajara

This is a massive expo center which holds many of Latin America's annual events. “Expo Guadalajara, donde los grandes eventos suceden”.



Expo Guadalajara


La Minerva

This is a monument representing the City of Guadalajara Jalisco and the largest fountain and a statue of Roman Goddess Minerva



La Minerva


Palacio de Gobierno

This is the Palace of Government located near the “Plaza de Armas”. The government palace is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 8 pm and is free.



Palacio de Gobierno


Basilica de Zapopan

This beautifully ornate church, was built in 1690. The Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan and the abbey of Our Lady of Expectation of Zapopan are a Franciscan sanctuary.




Basilica de Zapopan
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Guadalajara Jalisco

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Guadalajara Jalisco


This Metropolitan Cathedral, built during the 16th and 17th centuries in the Renaissance style, with neo-gothic towers and has 11 altars. It is the Roman Catholic cathedral of the Archdiocese of Guadalajara and a minor basilica.

The first cathedral was built in 1541 on the site of the present Templo de Santa Maria de Gracia. This primitive church was built with adobe and a thatched roof. Nevertheless, in 1548 the region was declared a diocese by the Holy See and the church became the cathedral of the city.


Lago de Chapala near Guadalajara Jalisco

Lago de Chapala near Guadalajara Jalisco


Lago de Chapala is Mexico’s largest freshwater lake, located in several municipalities of the states of Jalisco and Michoacán.  It is actually on the border of both states at 1525 meters above sea level.

It is considered a shallow lake with maximum depth of 10 meters and fed by the rivers Lerma, Zula, Huaracha and Duero. It is drained by the Rio Grande de Santiago that flows into the Pacific Ocean. The Lake contains several islands called Isla de los Alacranes, the largest, Isla Mezcala and a tiny one called Isla Menor.



Map of Mexico showing Guadalajara north-west of Mexico City

Map of Mexico showing Guadalajara north-west of Mexico City



For more information visit Mexico Official Website




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