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The Spooky Side of Guadalajara

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Mexico’s playful fascination with death (as depicted in the Oscar-winning Pixar film Coco) is alive and well in Guadalajara. In fact, the city is one of the best places to experience Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities. Other sites around the city, from the Guadalajara Cathedral to the Panteón de Belén cemetery, offer year-round opportunities for a good scare.
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Av Juárez, Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Although Guadalajara’s Día de los Muertos celebrations are world-renowned, the city hosted its first-ever Day of the Dead parade in 2017. From Avenida Juarez to Avenida Chapulepec, revelers danced their way toward the Centro Historico,...
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Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde 10, Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Built in 1618, the Guadalajara Cathedral plays host to the mummified remains of Santa Inocencia, who, according to legend, was killed in the 1700s by her father, who disapproved of her interest in Catholicism. Local rumors have it that her hair...
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Calle Cabañas 8, Las Fresas, San Juan de Dios, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
This 19th-century complex, originally built as a hospital for the disadvantaged, is host to an impressive display of modern art, most notably a series of frescoes by famous Mexican muralist Jose Clemente Orozco. The collection includes one of his...
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Calle Efraín González Luna 2061, Obrera, 44140 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Around 10,000 animal bones and skulls, cast from aluminum, line the whitewashed walls of Hueso, a restaurant named after the Spanish word for “bone.” Chef Alfonso Cadena sourced the bones, which include a whale spine and a puma skull,...
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Calle Belén 684, El Retiro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
It may seem morbid but, in certain cities, cemeteries are worthwhile places to visit. In fact, some are so unique that they reflect important details about their community and its respective culture. Guadalajara’s Panteón de...
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Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde 10, Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Every year at dawn on October 12, you can join around three million people in a procession led by tribal dancers and priests to accompany the wooden statue of the Virgin of Zapopan on the nearly five-mile journey from the Guadalajara Cathedral to...
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Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde 225, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Guadalajara’s Museum of Journalism and Graphic Arts occupies a colonial mansion known as the House of Dogs for the two pointer sculptures on its roof. A famous site, it was home to Guadalajara’s first printing press, used to print the...