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Guadalajara

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Introduction

Typical Guadalajara night

Typical Guadalajara night

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Guadalajara is the capital ofthe state of Jalisco, in the western Pacific area of Mexico. The city itself has over 1.5 million inhabitants, the metropolitan area well over 4 million, in both cases making it the second most populous city in the country. It sits at an elevation of about 1,600 metres above sea level, giving the city some relief of the heat that usually exists in lower areas. It's Mexican's equivalent of sillicon valley and also is the high tech capital of the country, given it's electronics industry and software industry respectively.

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Neighbourhoods

Guadalajara consists of a number of districts, neighbourhoods and sectors, the main ones are:

  • Sector Hidalgo
  • Sector Libertad
  • Sector Reforma
  • Centro Historico
  • Tlaquepaque
  • Zapopan
  • Tonala

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Sights and Activities

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Events and Festivals

Day of the Dead

Although the Day of the Dead is also celebrated in many Latin American countries except Mexico (and also in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa), the Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is most intensily celebrated in Mexciowhere where it is equal to a National Holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Although it is about the Dead, it is also a celebration where eating and partying both are common as well.

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Weather

Because of its elevation, Guadalajara has a mild climate though the warmest months still see average daytime temperatures above 30 °C (late March - early June). During the rest of the year temperatures during the day are a pleasant 25 °C to 28 °C. Nights average around 8 °C between November and March, while from April onwards nights become warmer and from June to September it's mostly around 16 °C. Actually, this mainly has to do with the fact that June to September is also the wettest time of year with around 10 to 15 days of rain, as opposed to the period of October to April when months can go by without a single drop of rain.

During the rainy season from June to September, most of the rain will fall in the mornings and evenings. Most of the time this will mean an hour of heavily down poor which will flood the streets. During day time it will be dry most of the time though.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max24.7 °C26.5 °C29.2 °C31 °C32.4 °C30.6 °C27.4 °C27.3 °C27.2 °C27.3 °C26.6 °C25 °C
Avg Min10.2 °C11 °C13 °C15.1 °C17.2 °C17.8 °C16.8 °C16.7 °C16.8 °C15.4 °C12.8 °C11.2 °C
Rainfall19.9 mm4.5 mm3.9 mm6.8 mm18.8 mm184.9 mm273.8 mm219.7 mm166 mm50.6 mm15.3 mm8 mm
Rain Days21.10.51.3314.221.319.414.55.621.8

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Getting There

By Plane

Guadalajara International Airport (GDL) functions as the main gateway of the city. It has quite a few flights to other Mexican cities and to cities mainly in the rest of North America. These include Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Fresno, Las Vegas, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, New York and Phoenix.
Domestic destinations are Mexico City, Cancun, Tijuana, Monterrey, San José del Cabo, Mexicali, Hermosillo, La Paz, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez, Mazatlan, Mérida, Puerto Vallarta, Veracruz, Oaxaca, among a few other places.
To add, there are also flights to and from Panama City.

By Car

Guadalajara is 535 kilometres northwest of Mexico City and 344 kilometres east of Puerto Vallarta. Highways 15, 15D, 23, 54, 54D, 80, 80D and 90 all converge here, combining temporarily to form the Periférico, a ring road around the city. Puerto Vallarta is about 3.5 hours away along the toll roads, Mexico City about 5.5 hours.
You can rent cars at the international airport or downtown agencies from most of the main international companies like Dollar, Hertz, Alamo, Thrifty and Budget.

By Bus

Regular buses travel to many regional destinations within the state of Jalisco, as well as places further away, including frequent ones to Mexico City.

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Getting Around

By Taxi

Taxis can be found all over Guadalajara and are safe to take. There are many taxi stands but in general taxi rates are better if you flag them down from the street. It is not common to give a tip to a taxi driver. You can bargain about the price but also can ask for the taxi meter. If you want to have an idea of the price before talking to a taxi driver ask somebody on the street for an indication. This often works very well.

Taxi rates (for up to 5 seats/people):

  • Day rate between 6:00am and 10:00pm - Meter starts at $8.50, Kilometre rate $6.45
  • Night rate between 10:00pm and 6:00am - Meter starts at $9.68, Kilometre rate $7.11

By Public Transport

Public transport is well organized in Guadalajara. There are 3 forms of public transportation which are the bus, the underground and the macro bus.

Bus
There are buses that take you anywhere for 6 pesos, children between 5 and 12 the rate is 3 pesos (rate in 2011). To find out which bus you have to take you can have a look on the following website Public transportation routes Guadalajara.

Be aware. For taking any bus you have to hold up your hand. Buses wont stop if nobody who is waiting will not hold up there hand. Almost at any corner there can be a bus stop. When you want to get off, walk to the end of the bus where you have to push a button. The bus will stop on the first corner where it is allowed to stop.

There are 2 types of buses. The standard bus which will cost you 6 pesos and the luxury buses which will cost you 10 pesos. The 10 pesos buses also called TUR have a turquoise color and will have air-conditioning and some times TV. There is only a view of these and they sometimes don’t stop when all seats are taken. Standard buses will some times not stop when a bus with the same bus number is behind them.

Payment is done to the driver and often will not have change for bills bigger then a 100 or 50 pesos.

The Underground (Tren Ligero)
The underground has only two routes from north to south and east to west. The routes can be found on the following website. Public transportation routes Guadalajara. The price is 6 pesos and for children between 5 and 12 the rate is 3 pesos.

The Macro bus
The Macro bus is a fairly new way of transportation. It is a combination of bus and underground. The vehicle is a bus that has it special lane where only he can drive. The bus stops are special bus stations and there are only a view routes. The routes can be found on the following website. Macro bus routes Guadalajara. The price is 6 pesos and for children between 5 and 12 the rate is 3 pesos.

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Eat

Tlaquepaque

Restaurants

  • El Nahual
  • El Patio
  • La Vid
  • Plaza Vieja
  • Casa Fuerte
  • Tlaquepaque Real
  • La Unica
  • Tlaquepasta
  • Adobe

Coffee shops:

  • Cafe San Pedro
  • Navarros

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Casa VilasantaRayon 170 ( colonia Americana)Hotel92
Hospedarte HostelEfrain Gonzalez Luna 2075 Col. Americana,Half block from Chapultepec ave.Hostel92
Hostal d MariaNueva Galicia #924Hostel89
Hostal de BrujasPedro Loza 420 Barrio de El SantuarioGuesthouse87
Hostal RojoMorelos 1561Guesthouse83
Hostel Guadalajara CentroMaestranza #147Hostel92
Hostel LitDegollado 413Hostel86
Hostelito InnAv alcade 409 centro turistico, guadalajara, jaliscoGuesthouse84
Hotel la CalandriaEstadio #100Hotel-
Hotel Morales Historical & Colonial Downtown CoreAv. Corona 243 Historic DowntownHotel-
Pension MinaC/Fernandez Lizardi 1021Guesthouse-
Posada San PabloMadero 429Guesthouse77
Pousada MauraAntonio Bravo street # 43 Sector Reforma Col. CentroHostel82
Hostel del RefugioJuan alvarez 927Guesthouse85
Posada RegisAvenida Corona 171Hotel-
The Blacksheep Lodge and PubAv. Libertad #1872.Hostel-
Degollado HostelDegollado 20Hostel-
Hostal ExpiatorioCalle Rayon 135 Entre Juarez y Lopez CotillaGUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Tequila BackpackersAv. Hidalgo 1160Hostel93
Hostel BedsntravelVenezuela 758Hostel87
Hostal CamaleonMorelos 1613 Colonia AmericanaGuesthouse-
Hostel GaleriaMorelos 1281 Colonia AmericanaHostel89
CASA INTERNACIONALAV. ENRIQUE DIAZ DE LEON 782 COL. MODERNAGuesthouse-
La Casa de la Abuela HostelGaribaldi #1017Hostel-
Hotel Colon ExpressAv. Revolucion Pte. #12 Col. CentroHotel-
Residencia Los AngelesJuan N. Cumplido 580 Colonia CentroGuesthouse-
Hosta de Pablo y LuchaAv. Hidalgo 1434, Col. AmericaHostel-
Olga Querida HostalPavo 277, CentroHostel-
Casa ColibrisCentro HistoricoGUESTHOUSE-
Lion HostelMiguel Cervantes De Saavedra #6Hostel83
LionHostelMiguel de Cervantes Saavedra 6 Col. Ladron de GuevaraHostel-
Hostel Hospedarte Guadalajara CentroMaestranza 147 CentroHostel-
Hostal Universo GuesthouseGemelos 5096GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Casa DianaPedro Moreno 577HOTEL-
Blue Pepper HostelAlfredo R. Plascencia 78HOSTEL88
Mezcalito Blue HostelPrisciliano Sánchez #595 entre Pavo y 8 de JulioHOSTEL-
Hostal PichinaMorelos 712HOSTEL-
Home and HostelFrancisco I Madero 720 GuadalajaraGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafe's are widely available and you generally can find one in the direct vicinity. Sometimes photocopy stores or photo processing stores will double as an internet cafe with a couple of computers. Look for signs reading "Acceso a Internet" or "Cibernautica" or "Cibercafe". Charges range from approx. US$1 an hour to US$3 an hour, depending on the location.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Phone cards can be purchased anywhere and are needed for the majority of public phones. To call any number outside your region you have to dial 01 then followed by the area code. If calling a cellphone from a normal phone start with with 044 if the cell phone is registered in the same state where you are calling from or 045 if the cell phone in registered in another state. If calling cellphone to cellphone just dial the 10-digit number. To make an international call dial 00 followed by the country code then the local number. To call to Mexico, also dial 00 (most of the times) followed by the national code 52. For a landline you would have to dial 0052 + (area code) + (8 digit local landline number) for a cell phone you would have to call 0052 (1) followed by the 10 digit cell phone number.

Post

The Mexican postal service is operated by Correos de México. The post service in Mexico is pretty good although not very cheap. It is reliable regarding the sending of postcards, but it takes at least a week to send it to other countries (US/Canada), more so if you send it to Europe or Australia. For packages it is better to use international services like FedEx or UPS. If you are sending a package internationally with the Mexican postal service, take the package OPEN to the post office, they may want to inspect it. Seal it up at the post office. Post offices typically open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday. You will find post offices (Oficina de Correos) is almost any town or city in Mexico. To buy stamps it is best to go to the post office, although you can also get them at stamp machines, located outside the post offices, at bus stations, airports and some commercial establishments.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 20.6766306
  • Longitude: -103.3461596

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