The Historic Center of Guadalajara stands out because of its architecturally-interesting buildings such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Palace of Justice, the Cabañas Cultural Institute (formerly the Hospicio Cabañas) and the Teatro Degollado. Apart from these buildings, there are four squares that form a cross, and this is called the "Calles de la Cruz." The concept was designed by architect Ignacio Diaz Morales Guadalajara, who decided to make the Cathedral the center. The four places that make up the cross are Guadalajara Square, Liberation Square, and the Rotunda of the Illustrious and Plaza de Armas. This city has a myriad of options in terms of taste and preferences due to its large size, and you can visit museums filled with history or contemplate contemporary buildings, visit the Zoo (which is my favorite in all of Mexico) or eat out in places ranging from from regional food to fine dining restaurants.
It's a little bit crowded during Mexican holidays but its genuinely beautiful, and you can go with a tour guide to get more info about the history of the church, after visiting the cathedral you can go and eat somewhere near something typical like "tortas".
The Guadalajara Zoo is a nice big place that I have loved visiting since being a boy. It has many attractions within; a safari, aviaries, herpentarios, aquariums, farms, event halls, etc. Therefore it has the variety of animals that would be expected of a Zoo. There are large predators like tigers and lions, gorillas and big favorites such as polar bears and classics like rhinos, hippos and giraffes. There are also rarer creatures such as kangaroos and koalas. The "safari" was recently added to the experience, which is only a short walk to a van where you can get very close to animals such as giraffes, rhinos, ostriches, etc.. But not really a safari as such as obviously the animals are not in their own environment.
When I visted Hospicio Cabañas, the cultural institute was offering an exhibition of the works of Eduardo Sarabia exploring cultural identity and transnationalism through intense research into the stories and myths of communities. The exhibition included about 90 works made over the last decade in different formats: sculpture, ceramics, installation, drawing, painting, video and photography. Some pieces had previously been exhibited in cities like Los Angeles and New York.
I love this picture because Chapala is a place exuding tranquility. What´s more, it many landscapes can be captured and enjoyed along this creek. I have lived there for years and the climate is excellent, its corners and its people are ace. Regards! I love Chapala,
The City of Tlaquepaque is a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico (Guadalajara is the 2nd largest city in Mexico, with a population of 4 million inhabitants). This city is famous for its handicrafts and restaurants. There is one rather funny attraction: a group of restaurants situated around a roundabout, owned by a mariachi band, and people who eat can write a song on a piece of paper that you want the group to sing. The atmosphere is guaranteed.
Built in 1951, next to the cathedral to pay tribute to the illustrious history of Guadalajara. The monument consists of 15 columns in a circle holding a ring with the inscription "Jalisco and its enlightened their children" (Jalisco a sus hijos esclarecidos). In the center of the monument there's a cauldron and all around are statues of famous people.
Guadalajara is a beautiful place, we had the occasion to visit with friends, and it was recommended we go to the Hospicio Cabañas, so we went to a hubicado in the center, where we saw a collection of murals by Jose Clemente Orozco upon entering. He was recognized as a muralist in 1937. I was invited to see this mural collection, today one of the most important works of art in the country. These murals detail the history of Mexico in several panels, addressing the Conquest, the Colonial, and Modern periods. In the murals, Orozco interprets the prehispanic culture shock between the indigenous and Spanish people, addresses the founding of Guadalajara and plays out tragic scenes of contemporary reality. The murals would not be complete if not for the "Man of Fire," which shows a human figure engulfed in flames. Many consider this, along with the four surrounding it, as depictions of the four elements of nature, but it could also represent the mythological metaphor of the Phoenix. When one enters this area, there are several guides that offer to explain the murals and describe some of the meanings of the work. It's really interesting and I personally loved it, so I leave you some photos of the Hospice and the murals. Enjoy it!
It is a unique experience living on this Pacific bay. The combination of wild forests in the mountains, beaches, and the old town Vallarta make for a unique experience. Losing yourself in the narrow downtown streets, walking among the people on the boardwalk and enjoying its incredible evening sunsets only possible in this beautiful city. Do not forget to see its cathedral.
Puente Matute Remus is a cable-stayed bridge in Guadalajara, Mexico and forms part of the bridge system located on Calle Lazaro Cardenas and Avenida Lopez Mateos, one of the busiest streets in the city. At night, it is lit up with lights whose colors change with the seasons, but it's a pretty stunning bridge to behold day or night. It also has a skate park area and a track to do some jogging or running.
Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico, are well known villages because of their great magical mysticism of a small town, away from the big city of Guadalajara and the big cities, which makes Tapalpa a perfect place to rest for a weekend of ecotourism. In this village you will find inns, and small hotels to help make your trip an unforgettable experience. You'll enjoy visiting Picnic, a grill where you can find typical Mexican food. Ecoturismo in one of the purest expressions in Mexico and the world. Here,among other activities, you can camp, rent cabins or climb the rocks, go rappelling, horseback riding. I can only say that you will enjoy it, because I'm from Guadalajara. But even so, it's strange that such a relaxing place as this is so close. Visit Tapalpa and you will not regret it.
The Guadalajara visit was an experience, and among the things we found was an exhibition of the work of the sculptor Jalisiense. At the time, his work was new to me, and I went on the internet looking for it, although it seemed to recognize his name as Alejandro Colunga. Several of the sculptures had saddles, so we took advantage of the camera and posed. They really were incredible and it was impossible not to take the souvenir photo, and it wasn't forbidden...or at least there were "No sitting" ads. I really had very little doubt what to expose or anything more, but there was someone to inform you, with the author's name on the wall. I don't remember the legend about it, and it made it all very interesting. I'm not an art expert, the trend was surrealist and the sculpture made of bronze. I found out the exhibition traveled to various cities, and they were very interesting characters. I leave it to you to appreciate my pictures and I hope to please them as well as us.
Situated in Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace is the best example of Civil Architecture in Guadalajara. It's in the Baroque style, which started being built in the 17th century, ending at the end of the 19th. It's worth it to go in, pass by its patios and admire one of the most important Mexican murals, which is called "Lucha Social" ("Social Struggle"), in front of which is a figure of Don Miguel Hidalgo.