This city has the honor of being the birthplace of two of Mexico’s most valued traditions,
mariachis, and tequila, and the people of Guadalajara are proud of it. By walking around the
classical streets, you’ll find many tributes to the history of mariachi music in the
Mariachi plaza offering regular presentations to enjoy.
The history of tequila is one of the most interesting things you can learn about in
Guadalajara, you can go on many tours that will teach you all about tequila, you can ride in
one of the last functioning passenger trains that will take you to one of the original
distilleries where this drink continues to be produced.
Guadalajara also has an impressive collection of architectural wonders, like the Templo
Expiatorio, the Government Palace, or the impressive Teatro Degollado, a neoclassical
theater where the Orchestra of Jalisco and the Guadalajara Ballet showcase their talents
with regular presentations that will leave you wanting to see more.
Nature is one of the city’s greatest assets, with many breathtaking vistas that surround you
at all times. In Barranca de Huetitan and in Bosque Primavera you’ll find the excellent
camping or hiking spots to spend time with your entire family.
You can pay with US dollars, Credit/Debit cards on most restaurants and establishments. If
you pay with cash the exchange rate will be lower, it’s better to visit a foreign exchange
agency, a bank or an ATM to turn your currency into Mexican pesos.
Information about Embassies, Consulates or Consular Agencies for U.S. and Canadian citizens.
In case of emergency or general assistance to citizens traveling in Mexico please contact
the nearest embassy, consulate or consular agency.
U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara
Progreso 175 Col. Americana, Codigo Postal 44160 Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Assistance to U.S. citizen
From the United States:
Consulate of Canada in Guadalajara
World Trade Center Av. Mariano Otero 1249 Piso 8, Torre Pacífico Col. Rinconada del Bosque
44530 Guadalajara, Jalisco - México
Assistance to Canadian citizen
Guadalajara will provide you with a great vacation, and is just as safe as any other
destination, just remember to take the same common-sense precautions that you would in any
Arriving by air
Guadalajara International Airport has many options for easy transport into town, with buses,
taxis, and shuttle ready for you. If you prefer an Uber, the driver will ask you to walk one
block away from the entrances, but don’t worry this is a normal practice.
Uber and taxis prices will range between $10 and $30 US dollars for a trip from the airport
to most locations within the city.
Common flights to Guadalajara, Jal. (Approx.)
Atlanta - 3:30 Hrs.
Chicago - 4:10 Hrs.
Dallas - 2:30 Hrs.
Houston - 2:00 Hrs.
Las Vegas - 3:20 Hrs.
Los Angeles - 3:30 Hrs.
New York - 5:30 Hrs.
Phoenix - 2:40 Hrs.
How to move around the city
Due to the size of the city, traffic can become very crowded, but, public and private
transportation is really affordable, and along with taxis and Uber, are the recommended ways
of moving around town.
Where to stay?
Guadalajara has many hostels and motels with prices ranging from $30 - $80 USD per night.
Jalisco Jazz Festival
Venue: Varies per event
International Mariachi & Charreria Festival
Venue: Varies per event
Fiestas de Octubre
Venue: Auditorio Benito Juárez
Day of the Dead
Date: November 2
Venue: Historic center
For more information about the events, please check their official website or social media.