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Guadalajara resource page: Jalisco's capital of culture and festivals by Mexconnect Staff © 2011

Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco and the "Pearl of the West." Founded in 1542, Mexico's second largest city is a bustling metropolis with a colonial heart and a provincial soul. Guadalara is a center of learning with six universities, two culinary institutes, a renowned philharmonic orchestra and a thriving art scene.

Mexico hotels in Guadalajara range from comfortable hostels to Gran Turismo cateory with every creature comfort. The city's vast array of restaurants and eateries offer world class dining along with traditional regional fare. Nightlife is varied and colorful.

Upper leverl of Guadalajara's Regional Museum
Museo Regional with the Cathedral spires in the background

Industry thrives and for years, clothing and shoe manufacturing have made Guadalajara a mecca for shoppers. The towns of Tonala and Tlaquepaque are famed for their handicrafts.

The city's mild year-round climate lends itself to outdoor activities like golf and tennis.

Hospitals with state of the art technology provide quality health care.

Fiestas and festivals throughout the year attract locals and visitors alike. Marathons in February and October, a fashion fair in July, the International Mariachi Festival in August and the traditional Fiestas de Octubre (Octoberfest) vie with the International Book Fair -- one of the largest in Latin America, May's Cultural Festival, and the International Film Festival sponsored by the University of Guadalajara.

The city includes the municipalities of Tlaquepaque, Tonala, Zapopan and Tlajomulco.

This is just a sampling of all Guadalajara has to offer, plus observations by residents and visitors.


Hotels, B&Bs and accommodations


Man of Fire by Jose Clemente Orozco
Orozco's mural "Man of Fire" in the Cabañas Cultural Institute






Pedestrian avenue in downtown Tlaquepaque, Mexico
Tlaquepaque street

Some personal and historical views

Services, consulates and commerce


Published or Updated on: September 1, 2011 by Mexconnect Staff © 2009
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