Explore the wonders of Guadalajara Mexico
Wonderfully diverse, stately and vibrant, Guadalajara - the 'City of the Roses' - offers a little bit of everything which is what makes it such an appealing destination. It is a pleasant surprise to most tourists who tend to think of the bustle of Mexico City when they envisage a visit to the country. Here you can find a change of pace, get away from the resort scene and enjoy all aspects of a good vacation destination.
Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico, so you will certainly be able to enjoy aspects of a busy city metropolis, such as a vibrant culture and a thriving center of commerce. Though the city is lively, it also manages to leave you feeling serene and calm. Its strong sense of history makes you feel as if you have stepped back in time while its beautiful parks, gardens and plazas, will help you to feel relaxed and refreshed by the time you return from your trip.
The city of Guadalajara dates back to the 16th century. This is evidenced in the strong colonial architecture that can be found throughout the city. It is partly due to this legacy of buildings and beauty that Guadalajara has been called the 'most Mexican of cities'. A visit to Guadalajara's historic center will better acquaint you with the cities history. It is also the best place to enjoy the city's architecture. You can get a free map of the historic center from the tourism board or you can take a calandria - an authentic horse drawn carriage - for an enchanting ride around the place.
Culturally, Guadalajara is known for Mariachi bands, the Mexican hat dance and its hand-made crafts. Not too far away from Guadalajara is the town of Tequila, world famous for its alcoholic export. Guadalajara also holds an annual month long Mexican festival in October which attracts visitors from all over the world to see musical, cultural and artistic events as well as browse the many craft exhibits.
The unique combination of beauty, tranquility, history, busy shopping districts and pleasant climates will likely enthrall you and leave you with many wonderful memories. It will definitely be counted as time worth spent.