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Guadalajara Information

Guadalajara, known as the "Pearl of the West", is a favorite destination for visitors to Mexico. The nation's second largest city and the capital of the state of Jalisco, Guadalajara is rich in Mexican culture, and is often referred to as the "most authentic" city in the entire country. Its history can be dated from the 16th century, and all through the city, there is an exciting clash between old traditions and modern convenience.

A City Of Historical Importance
From its very beginnings, Guadalajara has been a major center of commerce and agriculture, as well as a religious mecca. The colonial look and feel of the city is retained to this day, with its wide avenues lined by tall trees and the many attractive cathedrals. Historical monuments are found throughout the metropolis, and flower gardens sit alongside numerous water fountains. Guadalajara is the home of many famous Mexican traditions, including mariachi music, the famous Mexican hat dances, western style rodeos, and of course the internationally known tequila liquor.

Major Attractions In And Around The City
The historical center in the heart of Guadalajara is a must for visitors. Here is found the Colonial Cathedral, built in the late 1500s, and the Degollado Theater, where traditional style plays and other performances delight locals and visitors alike. The nearby Liberation Square is packed with onlookers, especially on Sundays, when musicians and other entertainers fill the air with sound. Founder's Square, located on the Plaza Tapatia, marks the exact spot where the town was first settled, and features both a gorgeous fountain and a sculpture of the first inhabitants of the city.

Parks And Recreation
Nearby Guadalajara is Lake Chapala, the largest freshwater lake in Mexico. Small villages surround it as well as day resorts. In the mountains outside the city, visitors are attracted to the town of Tequila, where the famous drink is still manufactured and bottled. Los Colomas Park, located in the city of Guadalajara itself, is a true urban forest with hiking trails and the beautiful Japanese Garden. The Parque Agua Azul, or "Blue Water Park", is located in the southern suburbs, and contains an orchid house and butterfly exhibit.

Guadalajara is only about a four-hour drive from the west coast of Mexico and the town of Puerto Vallarta, so many visitors combine their trip to this beautiful city with a stay in the famous resort. Fine hotel accommodations are found throughout the metropolis, within easy distance to the major attractions.
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