Guadalajara is tradition, history, music, tequila, delicious food, dance, party, joy, color, architecture, modernity, good weather and discovering la Perla de Occidente.
Walk around the historic downtown and take a food tour to taste the city flavors. You have to try tortas ahogadas and carne en sujugo. Visit el Palacio de Gobierno, there you will find the paintings of renowned Mexican artist, Jose Clemente Orozco. Don´t miss the museums. Near Guadalajara there a few nice Pueblos Magicos like Tapalpa, Mazamitla or Lagos de Moreno, where you can rest and enjoy the quiet.
Party and adventure mood
Live unique experiences, go to Estadio Jalisco or Chivas stadium and feel the incredible atmosphere of a soccer game. Or you can enjoy a lucha libre show at Arena Coliseo. Guadalajara is more than just tequila and you should try the local beers, made in small breweries. Then go to Avenida Chapultepec and party all night long.
Pick a boutique hotel near downtown. Go to Tequila, the Pueblo Magico where Mexico´s famous drink is made. There you will see amazing blue agave fields and sunsets. There´s nothing more romantic than riding around downtown in a calandria. After that, you can find a nice spot in Parque Mirador Independencia to enjoy a picnic. Close the day with a nice dinner in one of the best hotels in the city.
Take your kids to any of the parks around the city. Alcalde, Metropolitano and Avila Camacho parks are great options for the little ones, they will spend hours having fun there. Check out the children museums Globo and Trompo Magico, which offer learning and fun experiences. You can also go on a road trip to Lago Chapala, the biggest lake in Mexico.
None of the above
If this is your first time in la Perla de Occidente, you should make the best of it. So take a walk on downtown, visit landmarks like the Cathedral, Teatro Degollado and Instituto Cultural Cabañas, and listen to traditional Mexican music at Plaza de los Mariachis. Try the local dishes like torta ahogada or birria and don´t forget to visit Tlaquepaque.