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Guadalajara: Que Rico! - Page 2

Written by April Nelson
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Why Guadalajara?

It’s cheap!

Guadalajara is a diamond in the rough. This second largest city in Mexico boasts warm weather year round, an abundance of historic architecture, and plenty of attractions, yet is not flooded with tourists. Touted as the most “Mexican” of Mexican cities for its rich culture and abundant mariachis, the nearly 500-year-old downtown has an almost European feel with narrow streets, cathedrals, and large plazas. In addition, numerous nearby side trips from Guadalajara add even more vacationing value to this hidden gem.

 

Transportation

When staying downtown, many of the sights are within walking distance so there is no need to rent a car. The cathedral, famous plazas (Tapatía, Liberación, Laureles, Armas, Mariachis, Mártires), Teatro Degollado, Instituto Cultural de Cabañas, museums, and other famous sights are all only a few blocks away.

For attractions further away, busses run frequently at 6 pesos ($0.50) per person. Conveniently, tourist information booths in the larger plazas will tell you which ones to take.

Attractions

Guadalajara – Que Rico!, Vivaaerobus, Guadalajara inexpensive, budget travel Guadalajara, San Francisco Plaza Hotel, Plaza de los Laureles, Parque Agua Azul, Teatro Degollado, Instituto Cultural de Cabañas, Tequila, Jalisco, La Alborada Distillery, Lake Chapala, Tlaquepaque, Tonalá, April NelsonAfter exploring the historic downtown, take a 20 minute walk or short bus ride to visit Parque Agua Azul, a refreshingly green oasis in Guadalajara. $1.25 will get you into this large urban park where lush gardens, flowering trees, and fountain-filled ponds make you feel miles from the city. Meander along the paths between stops at the impressive main attractions – aviary, butterfly house, and orchid house.

 

 

Guadalajara – Que Rico!, Vivaaerobus, Guadalajara inexpensive, budget travel Guadalajara, San Francisco Plaza Hotel, Plaza de los Laureles, Parque Agua Azul, Teatro Degollado, Instituto Cultural de Cabañas, Tequila, Jalisco, La Alborada Distillery, Lake Chapala, Tlaquepaque, Tonalá, April Nelson

 

 

Guadalajara – Que Rico!, Vivaaerobus, Guadalajara inexpensive, budget travel Guadalajara, San Francisco Plaza Hotel, Plaza de los Laureles, Parque Agua Azul, Teatro Degollado, Instituto Cultural de Cabañas, Tequila, Jalisco, La Alborada Distillery, Lake Chapala, Tlaquepaque, Tonalá, April NelsonAnother worthwhile attraction is the Guadalajara Zoo. The extensive collection of animals parallels zoos of large American cities, yet the price here is only $4.50/person. A bonus at the far end of the zoo is the striking view overlooking the Oblatos Canyon.

Itching for more action? Check out a Chivas professional soccer game for as little as 100 pesos ($8) or attend a rock concert for a steal.

 

Eating

My husband and I rarely spent more than $10/person for a meal including drinks, and most meals were closer to $5/person even in sit-down restaurants with wait staff.

The San Francisco Plaza Hotel’s restaurant featured a daily breakfast buffet for about $5, but we found an even better deal at a nearby outdoor restaurant on the Plaza de los Laureles. There, even with a beautiful Guadalajara – Que Rico!, Vivaaerobus, Guadalajara inexpensive, budget travel Guadalajara, San Francisco Plaza Hotel, Plaza de los Laureles, Parque Agua Azul, Teatro Degollado, Instituto Cultural de Cabañas, Tequila, Jalisco, La Alborada Distillery, Lake Chapala, Tlaquepaque, Tonalá, April Nelsonview of the cathedral, the breakfast special only cost 38 pesos or $3/person. This included coffee, fresh-squeezed orange juice, a basket of bread, and choice of breakfast plate (pancakes, eggs with bacon and beans, chilaquiles, etc). After a tip for the waiter, we left stuffed for a total of $8.

Dinner on a chilly evening is excellent at the Plaza de los Mariachis. Spend about $6 for a large bowl of birria (delicious stew) with tortillas and beer. Pay wandering mariachis to play you a song, or enjoy the music for free as they play for other tables.

 

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