For some reason, we only booked ourselves for four days in Guadalajara. I’m not sure why, but there’s so much to see and do here that we’re definitely coming back!
We ate like we were in the U.S. on this trip: we had Chinese fast food and Burger King the first day (I know, so lame), then went to Costco, shopping at the mall, and had an amazing steak dinner at Casa Caborca. If you’re wondering, the food at Costco in Mexico is the same price as in the U.S., but they had beef cannelloni on the menu, and jalapeños on their hot dogs.
Flowers outside of Costco
Rueben took this photo!
Art inside the restaurant
We did walk around Centro Histórico on Sunday, which was insanely busy. It was a reminder Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico, because there were so many people everywhere. It was fun seeing everyone out for the holiday weekend (Revolution Day), but it was a little overwhelming at the same time. When we went back a couple of days later, it was a lot calmer and easier to navigate.
We stopped at a large shoe market that also has a ton of torta vendors and got great turkey, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise tortas (sandwiches, ours were on half a loaf of French bread). They slather the bread with mayo, a cream sauce I couldn’t distinguish, and broth, and it was so delicious! Also only $45 pesos each, which is about $2.25USD.
Guadalajara’s Centro Histórico boasts many gorgeous buildings, including the Guadalajara Cathedral, Palacio de Gobierno de Estado de Jalisco (Jalisco State Governor’s Palace) and its museum, many restaurants and shops, and plazas to relax and people watch.
Catedral de Guadalajara and Palacio de Gobierno de Estado de Jalisco
Photos inside the Museo del Palacio de Gobierno
Mural above the Congress Chamber featuring Miguel Hidalgo
We had pretty amazing weather, as you can see. I recommend going to Guadalajara and relaxing, but also taking advantage of all the beauty there is to see!
On the list for our next trip to Guadalajara:
- Guadalajara’s ‘Grand Canyon’ (hiking spot)
- Park by hiking spot
- Templo Expiatorio del Santismo – Greatest example of neo-Gothic architecture in Mexico
- Japanese gardens
- San Juan de Dios indoor market
- Strip of bars & restaurants
- MUSA Museum
- Tlaquepaque neighborhood
- Basilica de Zapopan (and the square). Next to the basilica is a museum where you can purchase Huichol art and the money goes directly to their communities.
- Parque Agua Azul (butterfly house and aviary)
- Tequila Trains!
Have you been to Guadalajara? Let me know what should be added to my list!