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Guadalajara Mexico

Mexico map and TipsGetting to Guadalajara

From the US and Canada most foreign visitors reach Guadalajara by air. Flights are frequent and reasonably priced. Competition sometimes shaves tariffs down as low as $250 for a Guadalajara round trip from on of the Guadalajara depearture cities like Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles.

Air travelers can save lots of money by shopping arround on internet. Don´t be bashful about asking for the cheapest price. Make it clear to the airline or travel agent you are interested in a bargain. Log on to airline´s websites and look for the best promotions. Stay posted for last minute offers and go for it! Most Airlines are staying away from posting the lowest price with companies like Expedia and related names like Tripadvisor, Grayline, Travelocity, Cheapflight, etc. As I am writing these lines I logged into Aeromexico to find a $141 ticket price Chicago – Guadalajara!

When buying your airline ticket login to: Aeromexico, American, Continental, Delta, Volaris, Alaska, etc. It is much safer to buy direct ! In case of flight cancelation the airline will provide with alternatives and your money is ¨always¨ safe !

When travel to Guadalajara Mexico fly from Central or South America: Copa Air, Aeromexico

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Tequila Tours-by-railroad


Tequila Tours by Railroad

An Adventure to Tequila tour, a unique place. Experience walking through agave field declared UNESCO´s World Heritage site to work and harvest raw materials to produce tequila. Great Unique Experience!

Tequila JC Express Tour

Tequila Train Tour


* Our transport passes by you to your hotel or private residence within Guadalajara Metro Area
* Visit agave fields
* Admission to Distillery Jose Cuervo
* Complimentary beverages during the trip
* Visit the magical town of Tequila Jalisco
* Folkloric Performance
* Live Mariachis

Departures at 9:00 am –
8:00 pm Return to GDL
Promotional Price $ 119 USD
The online payment or Bank deposit. You pay securely online, get a receipt (print), send us information on when and where you want to be Picked up

and you will enjoy this unforgettable experience in Tequila by RAIL ROAD IN TEQUILA Train

Guadalajara Travel Guide


Guadalajara Travel Guide

Visit Guadalajara2011A Tour of the most important monuments of the historic center, revealing the architecture, interiors, stories, and interesting sites that go unnoticed by the average visitors.

Buy direct on line from your local expert from $490 MXP per person (4-5 Hours)

Chapala and Ajijic Tour Recorrido turistico en Chapala Ajijic tourExplore the largest natural lake in Mexico, enjoy nature, excellent climate (¨The world´s second best¨ after Kenya) delicious ice cream typical chub (food), en route visit the Vicente Fernandez Ranch popular amongst nationals to see his largest collection of smallest ponny horses in the world. Admire Hacienda La Calera façade, home of a popular singer Joan Sebastian. Buy direct from your local expert from $490 MXP p.p. (7 hrs)

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Tlaquepaque and Tequila Distillery Tlaquepaque arts and craftsDiscover the process, development and secrets of tequila making. Hacienda Tlaquepaque been producing some of the best tequila in the industry since 1943, this makes it the oldest tequila factory in the Guadalajara area, the heart of the appellation of origin. Enjoy tasting tamarind margaritas, tequila tasting from blanco, reposado, añejo 100% agave. After these happy moments, ride for five more minutes to down town Tlaquepaque to experience the magic of mariachis at one of a dozen first class restaurants. Buy Direct online from your local expert from $490 MXP 6 hours aprox.

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Ruta del Tequila ToursRuta del Tequila tour, tequila trail tour We are in the birthplace of tequila. Be among the first to discover an archeological site with rounded pyramids dating back +2,000 years. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, we will walk on these ancient buildings before we move on to experience the magical town of Tequila visiting at least one tequila factory.

Buy direct only from your local expert from $490 MXP 8 hours aprox.

Wonderful for the beauty of the Agave Fields.

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Tonala Tour:

Tonala tour, paseo turistico tonala, compra de artesanias guadalajaraPlace where the sun rises. The first church ever built by the first explorers was here in Tonala and Tlaquepaque, land of artisans and a shopping meca. We will visit several artisans working on with their magical hands and creativity. Street flee market is on Thursdays and Sundays.

Buy directly from your local expert from $490 MXP 8 hours Aprox.

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Fire Volcano Adventure

Experience the most active volcano in Mexico, the ¨magic zone¨ where it seems that the laws of gravity does not exist. Enjoy the flora and fauna of the deciduous forest. Bird watching is popular here ! Visit the typical town of Comala where writers like Juan Rulfo and Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote their great works of literature. Buy directly from your local expert from $990 MXP 10 hours Aprox.


Night clubs and Bars Tour
Night clubs Guadalajara mexicoExperience the Tapatio night life at the most popular clubs and bars in the Guadalajara city. Aboard our exclusive transport, Guadalajara´s nightlife never seems to end. We will have VIP access to cover and drinks included onboard. Visitors must be 18 or older to enter with ID.Buy directly from your local expert from $900 MXP 5 hours Aprox.

Contact GDL Tours for more information or call +52 33 1578 0421

Guadalajara City Tour

A Tour of the most important monuments of Guadalajara historic center, revealing the architecture, interiors, stories, and interesting sites that go unnoticed by the average visitors.

Buy direct on line from your local expert from $490 MXP per person (7 Hours)

After a drive through the old and modern residential areas of this beautiful city of Guadalajaracalled “The Pearl of the West”, and a panoramic tour of the Minerva Fountain, the Arches, the University of Guadalajara and the gothic Expiatory Church, we will arrive downtown, a historically significant portion of the city. Here we will visit the interiors of the magnificent colonial buildings like the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Degollado Theatre, the Tapatian Plaza and the Cabañas Art Institute, including the squares that surround the Cathedral of Guadalajara.

After a tour through the historical downtown area, we will again board our vehicle to continue to Tlaquepaque, the famous artisan village where old colonial mansions are now shops, perfect showcases for the large variety of Mexican arts and crafts.

– Bilingual tour guide
– Transportation
– Hotel pick-up

Accommodations in Hostels Guadalajara


Accommodations in Hostels Guadalajara

Hostels in Guadalajara

Guadalajara Hostal backpackers accommodations

These accommodations offer travelers the chance to make a network of friends and acquaintances in various corners of the world, and saving some

Hostels are cheaper  Hostels could be more comfortable than many hotels prices. Some of them even offer discounts for those who have a special card certifying them as members of a network of shelters. Therefore, it is not uncommon to find accommodation for twenty dollars or less. Just remember that the rooms and bathrooms are shared.

Meet new people  The mechanics of hostels you involves a lot of interaction with others , remember that the bathrooms are shared and that many of the services of the hostel are given in public – by areas so the atmosphere is conducive to meeting people from all corners of the world, with which you could even set up a network of contacts that will be very useful for your future travelers destinations .

You participate in group activities . Shelters often prepare parties and outings for its guests. Thus, payment – do not panic, the prices are not expensive , remember that you are in a hostel- you can participate with others in activities such as biking , tours organized by bars, excursions or a barbecue , among many other options.

Have spaces for socializing  Computers free use , kitchen, living room with library, TV and movies , sometimes a bar. The hostels have multiple spaces to interact with people with whom you come across regularly . In this type of accommodation guests will always find someone wanting to have fun: a beer , watch a movie or just talk.

Hostels in Guadalajara

Backpackers Guadalajara Students Accommodations

You can save on food  Eating out is not cheap, so a good alternative is to prepare your own food in your accommodations , at least breakfast or dinner. Many hostels have a specially equipped kitchen for guests use. Do not be surprised if any of the guests gives you some of their products : the charm of staying in a hostel is the ability to share with others. And always better to donate what you will not eat before they go bad or to waste.

The hostels are characterized by comfortable and affordable lodging . But how to choose a good hostel? What to look for? In this post , I leave some recommendations for your stay in them comfortable and enjoyable .

How cheap can be expensive

Cliché but very true. When it comes to choosing a cheap hostel maybe you let yourself be seduced by a low price or big discount and then when you get a surprise! you find that the services it offers you are very poor . This results in little cleaning , uncomfortable mattresses , no hot water, ungenerous breakfast limited hours.
To make your stay in a hostel a confortable one, before making your booking read reviews of other guests. Consider some insights , but often are not decisive, may serve as a warning .

Basic services of a good hostel in Guadalajara

Although the comforts of a hostel is usually somewhat subjective, there are some basic guidelines for your safety and comfort are guaranteed. And the location of the hostel, no doubt, is one of them . If you chose the hostel does not have this, make sure that from there you can at least access to public transport if major problems.

The hygiene and cleanliness of public and private spaces and departure time are also a very important factor for choosing a good hostel. On this last point , look for a hostel that has as departure time 11am. This option is much more practical because it allows you to take advantage of a couple of hours of sleep.
In a good hostel, lockers or luggage storage space can not be absent . Choose a lodging that has this and you will be very useful .

For many travelers the Internet access service is basic. Make sure you choose the guest count terminally WiFi and free computers .

Common areas are also important. In fact, the best hostels are those accounts you with a space to socialize with others. Common areas of the hostels facilitate interaction and people want to know is if the space provided. One of those areas is undoubtedly the kitchen and in some hostels can also be the bar. This space , perhaps for many it is more important to ensure your rest should be away from the rooms.

Guadalajara Tonala and Tlaquepaque City Tour

Guadalajara Tonala and Tlaquepaque City Tour

Guadalajara City TourGuadalajara is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico and Latin America. Endowed with an extraordinary climate is the land of Mariachi, Tequila, the Instituto Cultural Cabañas (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and home to a wide culture that ranges from fine art to the height of the popular arts.

The heart of City or Roses is the Centro Historico. This is where you will learn about the foundation of this beautiful Pearl of the west and explore the well preserved XVI   and XVII century architectural masterpieces of Cross Square surrounding the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Visit magnificent colonial buildings like the Governor Palace,  Cathedral, City hall, Liberty Square, gallery of Illustrious Jaliscians, Degollado Theater, Tapatia Plaza, the Cabañas Cultural Institute, and Liberty Market. From historic downtown  we drive to Tonala and Tlaquepaque.

Guadalajara Tonala and Tlaquepaque Tour – famous artisan village

Famous artisan villages of Tonala and Tlaquepaque are the perfect showcase for the large variety of Mexican arts and crafts: ceramics, pottery, wood figurines, wrought iron, furniture and more.  It seems you can find anything imaginable in Tlaquepaque tour  You will have free time to do a little shopping, watch artisans at work, or enjoy delicious  traditional food and drinks at the rithm of marichi music.


5 hours

9:00  AM/ every day

We depart from your hotel or Private address in the city

• Round Trip Transportation/Pick-up & Drop-off
• Bilingual guide

• Meals
• Beverages
• Optional gratuities

Additional  Information
Kids under 4 years of age are free

Reserve your sightseeing tour for Only 390 MXN Per Person ($27 USD)

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Painter Jose Clemente Orozco Paintings and Murals Guadalajara Mexico

Muralist Jose Clemente Orozco PicturePainter Jose Clemente Orozco Paintings and Murals Guadalajara Mexico

Jose Clemente Orozco

Life and Work of J.C. Orozco

One of our highlights during our Guadalajara City Tour is of course, when we visit Guadalajara Murals painted by Orozco.
Jose Clemente Orozco was born to Rosa de Flores Orozco, married Margarita Valladares, and had three children.

As a young boy, Orozco’s family moved from Cuidad Guzman to Guadalajara and then to Mexico City, where he attended primary school. At this time, Jose Guadalupe Posadas, a satirical illustrator whose engravings about Mexican culture and politics challenged Mexicans to think differently about what was going on in post-revolutionary Mexico, worked in full view of the public in shop windows located on the way Orozco must travel to reach school. In his autobiography, Orozco confesses, “I would stop [on my way to and from school] and spend a few enchanted minutes in watching [Posadas]… This was the push that first set my imagination in motion and impelled me to cover paper with my earliest little figures; this was my awakening to the existence of the art of painting.” (Orozco, 1962) He goes to say that watching Posada’s engraving decorated gave him his introduction to the use of color. After attending school for Agriculture and Architecture, Orozco studied art in earnest at the San Carlos Academy

With Diego Rivera, he was a leader of the Mexican Mural Renaissance. An important distinction he had from Rivera was his critical view of the Mexican Revolution. While Diego Rivera was a bold, optimistic figure, touting the glory of the revolution, Orozco was less comfortable with the bloody toll the social movement was taking. Orozco is known as one of the “Big Three” muralists along with Diego Rivera, and David Alfareo Siqueiros. All three artists, as well as the painter Rufino Tamayo, originated in Mexico, experimented with fresco on large walls, and elevated their art of mural in fresco to the world-fame class known as Mexican Mural Renaissance.

The three giant Mexican muralist of all times together in this picture Orozco collaborated accessing to modern aesthetic throughout Latin America, although this claim has only a relative value and should be considered a peculiar characteristic of the art he practiced, powerfully influenced, of course, by the pedagogical vocation and encouraging informed political and social the work of Mexican muralists. They engaged in carrying out a task of educating the masses, in order to incite them to revolutionary awareness and national artistic language had to find a direct, simple and powerful, without too many concessions to the avant-garde experimentalism.

Picture Gallery Murals by J.C. Orozco

 Between 1922-24, Jose Clemente Orozco painted at the National Preparatory School the murals: “The Elements,” “Man in Battle Against Nature,” “Christ Destroys His Cross,” “Destruction of the Old Order,” “The Aristocrats,” and “The Trench and the Trinity“. In 1925, he painted the mural “Omniscience” at Mexico City’s House of Tiles. In 1926 – another one at the Industrial School in Orizaba, Veracruz.

 1922 A decisive year for Painter Jose Clemente Orozco

 A significant date in the pictorial history of José Clemente Orozco is the year 1922. By the time he joined Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and other artists to start the Mexican muralist movement, how much international predicament and came to have monumental works filled the cities. Nationalist trend, educational and popular, the movement sought to implement the concept of “street art” that painters defended, putting their art to the service of a clearly leftist ideology.

Detail or Quetzalcoatl by Jose Clemente OrozcoBetween 1927-34 J.C. Orozco lived in the USA. In 1930, he painted murals at the New School for Social Research, in New York City. One of his most famous murals is The Epic of American Civilization at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA. It was painted between 1932 and 1934 and covers almost 300 m² (3200 square feet) in 24 panels. Its parts include: “Migrations,” “Human Sacrifices,” “The Appearance of Quetzalcoatl,” “Corn Culture,” “Anglo-America,” “Hispano-America,” “Science” and another version of “Christ Destroys His Cross”.

 The abandonment of academic standards and guidelines, but without submitting to the “recipes” of art and innovations from Europe: his creations preferred to turn to the sources of pre-Columbian art and Mexican folk roots. The artist created a style well suited to the task that had been allocated, his political and social concerns and his willingness to teaching, and later (along with Rivera and Siqueiros) served in the Union of Painters and Sculptors, decorating with vast murals numerous public monuments, a clear sign that he wanted to be exemplary and vindictive, demanding a payment equivalent to the salary of any worker.

J.C. Orozco was, as an artist who chose the “political commitment”, an artist whose themes reflect the Revolution, with tormented force and unsurpassed expertise, tragedy and heroism that fill in Mexican history, but also attest to a remarkable penetration rates when it captures cultural or ethnic mosaic portraying his country.

Pictures of Jose Clemente Orozco murals at the Cabanas building in Guadalajara Mexico paintings muralsAfter returning to Mexico, between 1936-39, Orozco painted the Cabañas – among others – the mural “The People and Its Leaders” in the Government Palace, and the frescos for the Hospicio Cabañas considered his masterpiece. In 1940 – for the Gabino Ortiz Library in Jiquilpan Michoacan. Between 1942-44 – for the Hospital de Jesús in Mexico City. Orozco’s 1948 “Juárez Reborn” huge portrait-mural was one of his last works.

With the clear intention of being a plastic shell of the Revolution, José Clemente Orozco stood a monumental, deeply tragic for its content and topics related to historical events, social and political issues that had prevailed in the country, provided always from the disappointment and from a leftist perspective, extremely critical, but also for its style and form, by the stroke, the palette and the composition of his paintings at the service of a violent and wrenching expressiveness.

 His work could be framed in a fiercely expressionistic realism, the result perhaps of his contact with the Parisian avant-garde, despite his conscious rejection of the aesthetic influences of the Old World, his is an expressionism that is manifested in large compositions, which, by their geometric rigor and his strong hieratic characters, make us think, to some extent, in some examples of pre-Columbian sculpture. It should be noted here that Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros, the “Group of Three” as they liked to be called,  demanded a return to origins, to the purity of the Mayan and Aztec forms, the main feature of his artistic work.

To learn more about Jose Clemente Orozco and admire his master pieces
Join us for a Tour of Main Murals and Painings by J.C. Orozco

How to use Guadalajara Buses and Transportation System


Travel Tips: How to use Guadalajara Buses and Transportation System


This is a relatively newer bus line, they are two buses joined together with air conditioner, this route runs only from North to South
Follows only one route (in blue) Bus ride is $6 Mexican Pesos (exact change only).

how to use buses in guadalajara mexicoTourists visiting Guadalajara, Mexico, using the public bus system might seem daunting, if not downright backward. While they are not always clear-cut, hundreds of defined bus routes run throughout the city and its surrounding towns like Tonala and Tlaquepaque. Learning to ride them is a cost-effective way to tour Guadalajara’s great expanse. It’s possible to purchase a guide to the bus routes, updated annually, at most magazine kiosks. Without prior knowledge of the city, however, you may be better off asking a friendly Tapatio which bus route will take you to your destination.

Keep the ticket the driver gives you. Every now and then, a company auditor jumps on the bus and asks to see all passengers’ tickets. Less often, a bus will have to stop for some reason because of a malfunction or the driver’s craving for a “torta ahogada,” and passengers are made to board another bus that is following the same route, allowing that they present the original ticket. There are seven so-called “luxury” bus companies that operate in Guadalajara (the Tur, Turquesa and Cardenal are examples). With air conditioning and upholstered seats, the coaches are a step up from city bus accommodations–but the fare is approximately double (10 Pesos)

Don’t get frustrated if a bus zooms past your frantically waving arm. The bus driver is often more concerned about getting through a yellow light than the inconvenience of stopping for yet another passenger. It might take a few tries to get one to stop for you. As mentioned above, the buses only stop for requests to board or get off. Stops are not announced, nor are they marked, so if you don’t know where to get off, you can ask the driver to indicate your stop or enlist the help of another commuter. Buses don’t run on a schedule, apart from the time of day the buses start (most before sunrise) and stop running (most around 10 p.m.). The Par Vial route, running from downtown to the Zona Rosa, requires exact change.

Find out which bus or combination of buses will take you to your point of destination. The buses, or “camiones” as they’re called in Mexico, go by different alphanumeric names and have distinct vehicle models according to their route. For this reason, it’s best to be absolutely clear whether you need to catch the 629-A vs. the 629-B (or 629-1, or -2, etc.), for example. Each route has a varies slightly according to its number and letter.

Wait for the “camion” at the bus stop. On main avenues, bus stops are indicated by street signs or benches. More commonly, there is no indication at all that a bus stop exists; that’s why it’s best to ask a fellow commuter exactly where the bus passes.

When you see your bus coming toward the stop, flag it down as you would a taxi. Buses stop only for passengers who are getting off or passengers on the street who wave their arm in the air–not for people standing idly on the corner.

Board the bus and pay after it stops. Bus fares are raised periodically, but all routes cost the same, except in the case of privately owned transportation companies (see Tips). Have pesos ready; hand them to the driver, and he will give you a small paper ticket. Exact change is not required, but drivers usually don’t accept big bills.

Find a seat, or in the case that no seat is available, grab hold of the closet railing and don’t let go. Protocol requires that the first passenger to sit in an empty row of seats occupies the aisle seat, and the second to arrive must make her way across to the window seat.

To get off the bus, press the “stop” button located on the railing near or just above the rear door. Do so with fair warning so the driver has time to pull over. Step down quickly and glance to your right, as some motorcycles and bikes choose to use the bus lane for lack of a better option.

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Guadalajara Mexico tourism

Tourismo Guadalajara MexicoGuadalajara is the second most populated city in Mexico 4.8 millions. The city was founded in 1542 and is a gem of Mexico. known as the ¨Pearl of the West¨ City the birthplace of Mariachi music and hat dance or jarabe el Tapatio is located 550 kilometers from Mexico City and 3 1/2 hours from Puerto Vallarta

Guadalajara is a safe city but just like in the rest of the world cities like Paris, Rome or Washing D.C., thiefs target tourists, be aware, travel with your licenced Tour Guide.  Your professional licensed tour guide should be able to spot an unsafe situation and knows better how to put you into safety.

Guadalajara Activity centers in down town, central city surrounded by historic buildings, parks, field museums, and of course the shopping centers are new. The strategic location that makes this location a perfect place to look at a piece of the city of Guadalajara. As far as the eye could see, which seems mostly old buildings, gray and brown, supported by solid and large pillars, and statues that adorned the head of the building.

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Guadalajara, Old buildings are to be contrasted with a modern shopping complex with a large glass and reflect light when the sun is highlighted, such is the case of Plaza Andares and Tlaquepaque Forum. Sights like this might just as well as a description of gems from the West who became the nickname of Guadalajara. Light sprinkling of new buildings, and the silhouette of old buildings are colored black, it looks like a gem, take a look at Riu Plaza hotel.

In Guadalajara , You can visit the museum-style neoclassical works of the famous Spanish architect Manuel Tolsa were originally built as houses for the poor, 400 orphaned and abandoned children until the 1980s. The Cabañas Art Museum is shaped high-rise buildings are loaded with the pillars outside the building and inside the building, with a dome-shaped roof which is equipped with a giant glass window. Explore the 23 patios that contain the beautiful artwork. Dome and the walls of the main chapel is full of murals Orozco’s work in 1938-1939.

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We continue the journey by visiting the Guadalajara Cathedral, located at the heart of down town Guadalajara, near the Palacio de Gobierno. The cathedral is a symbol of Guadalajara was built in 1561. Since ordained in 1616, this church has undergone renovation several times, and made with a variety of architectural styles.

Today, Guadalajara´s Metropolitan Cathedral with a tower 65 meters tall and is painted yellow is unique because it has a stylish mix of gothic, baroque, Moorish and neoclassical. The building we see today is actually the renovation in 1842, because the original building was destroyed by an earthquake.

At Liberty Plaza Liberación, overlooking the Cathedral there is Teatro Degollado, a theater built in the early 19th century. This Neoclassical-style building is decorated with reliefs of the god Apollo and the nine fairy. In it there are many very beautiful murals. In this place every Sunday at 10 am Ballet Folklórico performances are held by the students Gaudalajara University. And in seasons, the theater was holds Jalisco Philharmonic performances.

Guadalajara Tourism is also famous for Tequila, Mexico’s traditional liquor

Guadalajara is also famous for Tequila, Mexico’s traditional liquor. That’s why in almost all bars and entertainment venues in Guadalajara always available a Tequila with a variety of levels. One of the most famous is the Tequila Sauza that can be taken about a half hour drive from Guadalajara. This place, besides being the largest Tequila production in Mexico, also become tourist attractions. Travelers can see how it is processed and of course are welcome to taste.

Guadalajara, Another place you can not miss is the Mercado Libertad, the largest market in Guadalajara. In this crowded place you could see the carriage horses, mothers who shop a variety of needs with using tan straw hat and a big round wicker baskets to fill with the groceries in hand.

The goods are marketed, locally known as San Juan de Dios, in addition to meat and vegetables, as well as clothing, leather goods and traditional mariachi hats. Not to forget there are many restaurants serving various types of cuisine. Starting from the cuisine of Mexico to the Asian dishes.

Guadalajara tourism and safety in Mexico

Guadalajara is a safe city but just like in the rest of the world cities like Paris, Rome or Washing D.C., thiefs target tourists, be aware, travel with your Tour Guide. Your professional licensed tour guide should be able to spot an unsafe situation and knows better how to put you into safety.

Guadalajara is not only sports, but culture, celebration, tradition and architecture

Mexican prehispanic danceGUADALARAJA, Mexico. – The city of Guadalajara is not only sports, but culture, celebration, tradition and architecture. The October celebrations of Guadalajara, called the “Perla Tapatia” city full of atmosphere and people gather to celebrate family and friendship.

The ancient dances are still living in Guadalajara. This dance is called chichimeca.

Visitors from different countries join the great party atmosphere. The Pan American Games came to give him a special touch to this traditional celebration. Street dancing, mariachis, dances, the famous calendars or horse-drawn carriages as a means of tourist transportation in the historic center of the city.

Parks filled with skeletons preparing for the celebration of Day of the Dead, an ancient tradition of the Mexicans. From the surrounding hills, hundreds of artisans to showcase their products fall in the city.

While the police authority jealously guard the integrity of people. Day and night, Guadalajara is beautiful. In the historic center of Guadalajara much to see, but definitely a symbol of the city is the Teatro Degollado, which embellishes the Founders Plaza.

On Saturday won a Guinness record in the Plaza Tapatia, a thousand pairs of dance danced at the same rate of traditional Mexican songs.

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US lacking big names for Pan Am Games Guadalajara2011

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Just like the Olympics, the Pan American Games come around every four years and bring together a team of talented athletes from the United States to compete in a multi-sport international.

Unlike the Olympics, however, stars like swimming great Michael Phelps and runner Allyson Felix prefer to skip the event altogether.

“At the end of the day, I think the scheduling of these games was a little bit more challenging than normal just because it was October instead of the summer,” United States Olympic Committee secretary general Scott Blackmun said Thursday, a day before the opening ceremony in rainy Guadalajara.

“Much of our team historically is comprised of collegiate athletes who are in their college seasons or otherwise in school right now,” Blackmun added. “In other cases we had some scheduling challenges. The best example of that I think is the gymnastics championships in Tokyo. We had athletes competing there up until a couple of days ago. It is not safe for them to go straight from one competition to another.”

The Pan American Games started in 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and have twice been staged in the United States. Traditionally, the best athletes from the United States competed in order to get big-time experience. A few of the more famous Americans to win gold medals at the Pan Am Games are swimmer Mark Spitz and sprit-long jumper Carl Lewis. Both went on to record-setting glory at the Olympics.

But these days, swimming, track and field and other sports have their own world championships, and those events have become more important in the run up to the Olympics.

The Americans are still favored to finish at the top of the medals table in Guadalajara, as usual. But United States chief of sport performance Alan Ashley said that wasn’t the outright goal. With about 650 athletes, more than the projected team for next year’s Olympics, the Americans are in Mexico to win medals and qualifying places for the London Games.

“We haven’t actually sat down and said we are going to win the medal count. But I know that if you went to the individuals that will be on the field of play, they are going to come and absolutely give it their best shot,” Ashley said. “For those sports where we can still qualify (for the Olympics), we absolutely want to keep a lot of focus and effort on those.”

The lack of the biggest stars doesn’t mean that all top-level athletes skip the games. Steffen Peters, a three-time Olympian who was born in Germany but competes for the United States, made the trip to Guadalajara.

“Any time I can contribute to the U.S. team, I’d like to do so,” Peters said. “It’s always a big honor, even if it’s not as big as the Olympics.”

The Americans have 82 Olympians on the roster for the Pan Am Games, including gymnast Shawn Johnson and shooter Kim Rhode. Both have won four Olympic medals.

The biggest worry facing the Americans and the other 41 nations competing in 47 sports is security, but the streets of Guadalajara are being patrolled by an estimated 10,000 police and military personnel.

“We’ve been very pleased with the amount of security coverage that we have had in the village,” USOC games director Leslie Gamez said. “We have observed over the past days as more people have come into the village, the security presence has increased. We’ve not had any challenges whatsoever.”

Another worry has been the local meat in Mexico, which can contain the banned substance clenbuterol. But again, the Americans said they weren’t worried.

“They’ve done an excellent job of how they’ve sourced, how they’ve tested, just to make sure that the athletes are safe,” Ashley said of the local organizers. “They’ve really taken this quite seriously and we’re quite happy with it.”

And despite the absences of the country’s top swimmers and track stars, Blackmun was also happy with the group of athletes that made the trip south of the border.

“We think we got a pretty good team here,” Blackmun said, “but the results will speak for themselves.”

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