About Guadalajara, Mexico
Guadalajara – a haven of tradition yet contemporary – is the hidden gem and the best-kept secret in Mexico! The capital of the state of Jalisco, Guadalajara is located in the western region of Mexico. With a population of over 5 million, Guadalajara is the second-largest city in Mexico. Guadalajara’s economy is relying on high-tech industries, information technology, and enterprises such as footwear, textiles, and food products. The weather is very mild and has excellent year-round temperatures extending from lows of 68 degrees to highs of 92 degrees. Guadalajara has a vibrant past and is considered South America’s cultural center. It is the birthplace of Tequila as well as Mariachi music and has the most magnificent Mariachi & Charrería festivals.
Driving only 5 miles away from Guadalajara, you will enter Tlaquepaque (Le-Ke-Pa-Ke) village, one of Mexico’s most prominent arts and shopping centers. There, you will find distinctive pottery, paintings, blown glass, woodworks, and furniture. A cab-drive away from Tlaquepaque is Tonalá – the town of craftsmen. At Tonala, you can do your shopping in the outdoor market. Guadalajara has plenty of ventures and lots of great accommodations. Guadalajara has some of the best food and its bars and nightlife scene is well-known.
Tequila Express provides a legendary train ride through blue agave fields and distillery in Amatitán in the municipality of Tequila. The train service features tequila tastings and it resurrects the thrilling experience of Mariachi, Tequila, and Charrería. Lake Chapala is the largest freshwater lake in Mexico with great views only 30 miles (about 1 hour) away from Guadalajara. Chapala has a boardwalk similar to the one in Puerto Vallarta. This town is a great place to retire and several thousands of nonnatives, including people from Canada and the United States, have made Chapala their home.