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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.

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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.”

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
By CHRIS LEHOURITES, AP Sports Writer
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Guadalajara2011 ready to welcome Pan Am Games

By Gay Nagle Myers
The 2011 Pan American Games open Friday in Guadalajara, an event that is drawing thousands of visitors to watch more than 6,000 athletes from 42 nations compete, including 275 competitors from the U.S.

Guadalajara already has benefited from playing host to the games with newly paved roads, bridges, pedestrian walkways, spruced-up gardens and a new 8,500-seat stadium, built at a cost of $28 million.

The buildup included several new hotels, including the Riu Plaza, which opened in June, followed by the Westin in September. The city has 22,000 hotel rooms to house visitors.

Officials have warned residents to expect major traffic jams; many schools and universities have canceled classes during some or all of the games, which run through Oct. 30. The police presence has been ramped up with more than 11,000 members of the federal and state police on hand to provide additional security.

This marks the third time that Mexico has hosted this event; it was held in Mexico City in 1955 and 1975.