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Discover the Historic, Seaside Mexican Town (You’ve Never Heard of) That’ll Dazzle You
Guadalajara, the capital and largest city of the state of Jalisco, is the
seat of the municipality of Guadalajara in Mexico. Dubbed the ‘Pearl of the
West’, this city is the cultural axis of the country and is said to be the
birthplace of Mariachi music. It also arranges some internationally famous
cultural events like Guadalajara International Film Festival and
Guadalajara International Book Fair. Guadalajara is also the place to see
well-known Mexican rodeo event titled Charreadas and a popular folk dance
called Jarabe Tapatío.
Things to do in Guadalajara
Regional Museum of Guadalajara
Regional Museum of Guadalajara, housed in an 18th century
educational institution, is a 100-year-old, centrally-located museum in the
city. The museum features several historically-significant architectural
discoveries that date back to Pre-Columbian era. Prime attraction here is
an 800-kilogram meteorite and numerous Colonial-era artworks.
Guadalajara Zoo is one of the largest and most significant zoos in Latin
America. Home to a great number of native animals like Mexican wolves, it
is home to some rare species too like white lions, Bengal tigers and black
panthers. The interiors feature a large aquarium, a reptile house and
Hospicio Cabanas is one of the oldest and largest hospital complexes in the
Americas. It was built in early 19th century and features over 20 baroquely
designed patios. It has served as an orphanage, a workhouse, and a shelter
for the feeble and the poor since its creation. Hospicio Cabanas features
some classic French and Spanish frescoes on its insides too.
Best Time to Visit Guadalajara
Summer season, the months from October to December are the best to book
flights from San Antonio to Guadalajara. It is the season when the city is
brimming with its cultural events like Revolution Day and Guadalajara
International Book Fair. Tourists can book flights from SAN to GDL during
summer season to enjoy maximum daylight to enjoy sightseeing.