Every once in a while you stumble upon a place that epitomizes everything you imagine it to be. For me, Guadalajara was exactly that. As a large city and slightly out of the way, Guadalajara tends to get overlooked by most people seeking to explore Mexico. However scratching just beneath the surface, you’ll find a city rich in history and warm in hospitality.
When you think of Mexico, a few things are likely to come to mind. Mariachi music, tequila perhaps? Well that all started in state of Jalisco, home to Guadalajara. Even historical and cultural pillars like the revolutionary priest Hidalgo and famed muralist Orozco once called this city home. As we began peeling back the layers of this highly underrated city, we couldn’t help but be moved and inspired by all we learned.
It was an after thought to find ourselves in Guadalajara, but a decision we’ll never regret. To put it mildly, Guadalajara doesn’t seem to get much press, but believe me, it should. Don’t get me wrong, there is much to see in Mexico, and who couldn’t use a relaxing coastal getaway? But to simply skim across the pristine beaches without diving deep inland would be doing yourself and Mexico a disservice.
Guadalajara is the perfect jump off point to explore Jalisco’s rich history while delving into the burgeoning food scene and vibrant night life of the city.
When it comes to culture, Guadalajara will keep your itinerary packed from start to finish should you allow for it. Churches and museums dedicated to famed artists and revolutionaries line public squares adorned with fountains, statues, and murals dedicated to the struggles Mexico’s forefathers endured and overcame at the hands of the Spanish.
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When to Go
Go between October and November if you want to fully immerse yourself into the city. There are loads of festivals during this time, and with highs of 28° the weather is perfect to get out and enjoy them. If you prefer to travel in low season to make the most of reduced hotel costs, travel between January and May.