After Mexico City, Guadalajara is the largest city in Mexico and the capital of Jalisco. There are so many beautiful places in Guadalajara and it’s comprised of so many magical towns, that the city offers endless sights and attractions for tourists to enjoy while on holiday. If you are contemplating a visit to this amazing city, Hilton has five hotels from which to choose from: Hilton Guadalajara, Hilton Guadalajara Midtown, 1970 Hotel Posada Guadalajara-Curio Collection by Hilton, Hampton Inn by Hilton Guadalajara-Expo and the Hampton Inn by Hilton Guadalajara-Airport. Each one of these properties offers the kind of attention, comfort and luxury that will allow you to focus on having the best time possible so you don’t leave a single stone unturned during your visit. To that end, below we have compiled several recommendations of what not to miss while you’re visiting this intriguing city.
We invite you to venture into the Spring Forest and let yourself be enveloped by another world. Thirty minutes by bus just west of Guadalajara, this forest reserve offers you a day of fresh air and ideal activities to enjoy with family or friends, including hiking, mountain biking, and hot springs, among others. Delight yourself in the natural setting that will take your breath away and make you feel as though you stepped into a Van Gogh or Monet masterpiece.
Another destination that will allow you to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, about two hours from Guadalajara, is Tapalpa. Here you can walk along the cobblestone streets and pop into the Mercado del Artesano (artisanal market) to pick up some mementos and traditional keepsakes and then visit La Cascada del Salto del Nogal, the largest waterfall in Jalisco and the main headquarters for the Paragliding World Cup. If this is not adventurous enough for you, you can check out EkoPark, which offers you the chance to really raise your adrenaline levels, from jumping on zip lines, racing down suspension bridges, climbing or rappelling. If you prefer something a bit tamer, with a dash of mysticism and magic, venture over to the Valley of the Enigmas. Here you will be amazed by the Piedrotas, which some consider to be meteorites that fell to the Earth thousands of years ago, while others claim that they are natural formations of the soil.
If what you’re really in the mood for is some incredible tequila, a visit to the town of Tequila is simply a must, and better yet, it’s just one hour away from Guadalajara. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the landscape of agaves and old industrial facilities of Tequila a World Heritage Site. Now that’s definitely one for the bucket list.
If you are one of those people who loves landscapes and the divine sights and sounds unique to a lakefront escape, at just one hour from Guadalajara, you will find the town of Chapala, which houses the largest natural lake in Mexico and bears the same name of the town. This lake is especially important to migratory birds, for example, like the white pelicans of Canada, who call this area home between the months of November and March. Enjoy the view from the boardwalk or take a boat to the Island of Scorpions located in the center of the lake.
But if you are a fan of Vicente Fernandez, you are going to love this: in Chapala, you can visit the famous singer-songwriter’s ranch.
If you don’t have a lot of time and can only choose to visit one place outside Guadalajara, we encourage you to enter the pre-Hispanic world that Guachimontones offers. Just one hour west of Guadalajara is the archaeological zone in the town of Teuchitlán. Without knowing it, you will be embarking on the most enriching and exciting experience of your life. You can choose one of several thematic trails for your tour throughout this magical town. The landscapes are unparalleled and you can see two fields of the “Ball Game,” which is how this society resolved conflicts. The main attraction is the 10 Guachimontones or circular pyramids that characterize and differentiate this archeological zone from others.
Those who are originally from Guadalajara are called Tapatíos, and their most cherished and traditional dish is the “torta ahogada,” which translates to “drowned cake.” In addition, the city is considered to be the country’s tech hub as it serves as the headquarters for several multinational companies, including IBM, Intel, Oracle. However, this city is very culturally diverse, and home to rich events like the Guadalajara International Film Festival, the Guadalajara International Book Fair and the International Meeting for Mariachi and Charreria.
There are so many beautiful towns and spots in Guadalajara that you don’t have to go far to soak up all the culture, colors, flavors and magic that are unique to this special city. Whether you are visiting Guadalajara for work or pleasure, with Hilton as your home base and host, all you have to worry about is choosing your next adventure.