What to Do around The Westin Guadalajara
Collected by Westin AFAR
Guadalajara is a cultural destination that at once offers the best of local, Jaliscan and Mexican tradition, as well as a global consciousness, from its food, to its architectural diversity, to its art scene.
Calle Manuel López Cotilla 161, Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Rollerblade, bike, run, walk, or even hula-hoop your way through Guadalajara’s car-free streets every Sunday along the Via RecreActiva. In an effort to promote health and community, the city of Guadalajara has closed some of its most beautiful...
Av Ramón Corona 31, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Guadalajara's Government Palace, built in the 18th-century, has been the setting for some important episodes in Mexican history. The 1810 law abolishing slavery was signed here, and the structure served a brief stint as the seat of the federal...
Calle Cabañas 8, Las Fresas, San Juan de Dios, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Calle Donato Guerra 180, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Knowing how to read and speak the language where you're traveling gives you access to a whole other layer of a country and its culture. This is especially true in Mexico, where even the most amateur efforts at communicating in español are...
Montes Pirineos 1930, Monumental, 44320 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
While it’s certainly not for the faint of heart, attending a bull fight at the Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progreso is a time-honored Sunday activity for many folks in Guadalajara. From the traje de luces (the matador’s flamboyant,...
Calle Federico Medrano 67, San Juan de Dios II, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Loud rock music, strobing lights, screaming fans, and the thrill of watching masked Mexican wrestlers attack each other in a crazy show of theatrical posturing, punching, and prat-falling: Truly there is no more fun to be had than a night at the...
Av. Circunvalación Agustín Yáñez 1009, Moderna, 44910 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
The lavishly appointed Jose Cuervo Express ambles through the rolling agave fields of Jalisco, Mexico. You sling back another shot of tequila and follow it with a Mexican postre (dessert). Stars twinkle in the blue-black sky, but you hardly notice...
Av Circuito JVC 2800, El Bajio, 45019 Zapopan, Jal., Mexico
One of the best ways of experiencing a culture anywhere is witnessing and sharing the passion of its sports fans by attending a game. In the U.S., that might be baseball or football. In Mexico, it's soccer. And in Guadalajara, the hometown teams...
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...
Av. Dr. Roberto Michel 577, Rincón de La Agua Azul, 44460 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Av. Miguel Hidalgo s/n, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Some of Mexico's most famous artists, musicians, charros, mariachis, and politicians were born in the state of Jalisco, and they are honored in perpetuity at the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres (the Pantheon of Illustrious Jaliscans). Urns in...
Calle José Guadalupe Zuno Hernández 2083, Obrera, 44140 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
One of Guadalajara's famed native sons was Luís Barragán, winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize and considered by many scholars and critics to have been Mexico's best 20th-century architect. Though the majority of his masterworks...
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...
Calle Pedro Loza 27A, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
With its impressive colonial architecture and its plazas bustling with vendors and passersby, Guadalajara is a lovely city to see by horse-drawn carriage. Carriages line up along the periphery of Plaza de la Liberación, then clip-clop along...
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...
Av 5 de Febrero, Las Conchas, 44460 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Globo Museo del Niño is Guadalajara's children's museum, with seasonally themed exhibits changing quarterly. Highly interactive, it encourages learning through play and hands-on activities. If your timing's right, your child might also be able to...
Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde 10, Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
You don't need to be Catholic—or even religious—to have a reason to visit Guadalajara's Metropolitan Cathedral. The centuries-old cathedral was built to inspire awe, and not just of the spiritual variety. Baroque, Gothic, Moorish, and Neoclassical...
Av. Rubén Darío 1435, Providencia 3a. Secc, 44630 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
If you think beards and old-school barbershops are primarily a Brooklyn phenomenon, then you might be surprised by Barbierattoo, a modern-day barbería in Guadalajara that leans heavily on nostalgia. Head here when you want a trim or a shave...
Calle Miguel Lerdo de Tejada 2418, Lafayette, 44150 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
This 30-year-old gallery specializes in Latin American contemporary art, with a focus on sculptures, paintings, and graphic design. Recent shows have included exhibits by the famous Mexican artist Jose Clemente Orozco and local artist Sergio...
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...
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Every year for the whole month of October, the city of Guadalajara celebrates its fiesta month with live music, dancing, seemingly non-stop fireworks, and all other kinds of cultural events. Performers are invited from around the world and it’s an...
Calle Obreros de Cananea 746, Villas Belenes, Industrial los Belenes, 45150 Zapopan, Jal., Mexico
Auditorio Telmex is one of Guadalajara's top venues for music concerts and has hosted many of the hottest names in Latin American and Mexican music, including Maná and Camila. The auditorium, which opened in 2007, is incredibly flexible in terms...
Calle Paseo del Zoológico 600, Huentitán El Alto, 44390 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Guadalajara's zoo, inaugurated in 1988 by Mexico's president, is home to nearly 400 animals species, including 99 mammals, 87 birds, 67 reptiles, eight amphibians, and 131 fish. As is the case at most zoos, the species are organized by climate...
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