Guadalajara – stronghold of tradition and modernity – is the best kept secret in Mexico! Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco and is located in the western pacific area of Mexico, the happiest nation in the world. Guadalajara is the second largest city of Mexico with a population of over 1.5 million. Guadalajara’s economy is based on high tech industries, information technology and industries such as shoes, textiles and food processing. The climate in the area is very mild and has great year-round temperatures ranging from lows of 68 degrees to highs of 92 degrees. Guadalajara has a rich history and is the cultural center of Mexico. It is the birthplace of Mariachi music and has the greatest Mariachi festivals. Travelling only 5 miles away from Guadalajara, you will arrive in Tlaquepaque. Tlaquepaque (Le-Ke-Pa-Ke) is one of Mexico’s most important art centers and you will find pottery, blown glass, wood workings and furniture. A cab drive away from Tlaquepaque, is Tonalá – the town of artists. At Tonala, you can do your shopping in the outdoor open air market.
Tequila Express provides legendary train ride through blue agave fields to the distillery in Amatitán and towards the town of Tequila. The train service features tequila tastings and it relives the exciting experience of Mariachi, Tequila, and Charrería. Chapala, the largest town on the shores of Lake Chapala, is about 30 miles (about 1 hour) away from Guadalajara. The Lake Chapala is the largest freshwater lake in Mexico with great views. There is a boardwalk similar to markets in Puerto Vallarta. Chapala is a great place to retire and several thousands of foreigners, including people from Canada and United States, have made Chapala their home.
The Guadalajara Cathedral or Metropolitan Cathedral of Guadalajara, a Mexican historic landmark, is located in downtown Guadalajara. The Cathedral was first built in 1541 as a church with adobe and a thatched roof. It was acknowledged by Pope Pius XII and has been elevated to the rank of Minor Basilica. Throughout the years, the Cathedral has suffered through many earthquakes which caused the towers to collapse. The new towers were designed by Architect Manuel Gomez Ibarra and were constructed in 1854. The exterior of the Cathedral is beautiful, but the truly breathtaking beauty can be discovered inside. It contains nine alters, made of marble and silver, dedicated to several Patron Saints. Originally founded in 1792, the University of Guadalajara (Universidad de Guadalajara) is a public university in Jalisco. The university is among the largest and most respected institutions of higher learning in Mexico. University of Guadalajara has seven campuses in Guadalajara Metropolitan Area and eight campuses outside of Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, each specializing in a different area of study.