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The Best Side Trips from Guadalajara

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There’s tons to do in Guadalajara but, if you have some time to spare, fantastic day and weekend trips are just a short—and cheap—bus, train, or car ride away. In fact, the state of Jalisco, of which Guadalajara is the capital, is home to Mexico’s largest number of pueblos mágicos (magic towns). From the country’s biggest lake, to the birthplace of tequila, to beautiful beaches and ruins, there’s plenty to see just outside the big city.
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Carretera Estatal 604 Guadalajara-San Marcos, Gral. Lucio Blanco, 46762 Teuchitlán, Jal., Mexico
We stopped by here while traveling through Jalisco. I hadn't realized prior to my travels that there were so many archaeological sites in this area. This particular site goes back possibly as far as 300 BC. The most notable feature of this site is...
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Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico
Less than an hour from Guadalajara, Lake Chapala—Mexico’s largest lake—offers a relaxing respite from the big city. Visitors can enjoy drinks or a meal at one of the many restaurants on the pier, watch the sunset from a sandy...
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Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Cool village and beach for activity and relaxation. Join surfers, paddle boarders, swimmers, beach combers and sunbathers for watersports and local fare. Have your pick of roaming shrimp kebobs, donuts (yes, donuts!) and local jewelry, fashions...
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Tapalpa, Jal., Mexico
I had never heard of Tapalpa until I was brought to the region for work on some local farms. Coming up into the mountains, I saw a whole different kind of Mexico. The sweeping hills and widespread views, countless outdoor adventure opportunities...
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Calle Francisco I. Madero 146, Mayahuel, 46400 Tequila, Jal., Mexico
Few visitors to Guadalajara skip a side trip to the town of Tequila, famous for the Mexican spirit of the same name. If you’re interested in going, your hotel can arrange a tequila trail excursion with a local outfitter, complete with...
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Doña Gabriela Pena Lozada 405, Hacienda San José del Refugio, 45380 Amatitán, Jal., Mexico
Visitors looking to tour Casa Herradura—the distillery that’s been making Tequila Herradura for more than 145 years—should hop aboard the new Tequila Herradura Express. The train leaves from Guadalajara and travels through...
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About 20 minutes from the center of Guadalajara is the tiny town of Tlaquepaque, whose name translates to “hills of clay.” Fittingly, it’s known for its beautiful pottery and other handicrafts. Wander around Independencia, a...
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Av. Tonaltecas, Tonalá Centro, 45400 Tonalá, Jal., Mexico
Between Thursday and Sunday each week, the streets around Avenida Tonaltecas in the Tonalá district become a lively market. You can shop for ceramics, wooden carvings, painted masks, candles and all kinds of crafts. Cheap and cheerful is...