Guadalajara, México's pearl of the west, is an incredibly diverse and stately city with amazing qualities, both modern and historic, that embrace all who visit. For a city that is not a resort, Guadalajara offers a very pleasant surprise to the unsuspecting tourist. Guadalajara is an ideal vacation destination for the traveler who is seeking a change of pace from the, sometimes overwhelming, resort scene.
As the second largest city in México and boasting a population of over 3.5 million, you are constantly reminded that Guadalajara is a busy metropolis, and a major Mexican business center. Although this city beats to a busy pace, things here have a way of seeming to always remain serene. There are many places in Guadalajara where you will feel like you have stepped back in time to a different era.
The Guadalajara area is known as the birthplace of the world famous Mariachi bands and also as the home of the Mexican hat (jarabe tapatio) dance. Nearby is the town of Tequila, everyone knows or should be able to guess, why this town is famous. The area around Guadalajara is mainly known for the Mexican craftsmen that turn out countless handmade items that are treasured the world over. The Tlaquepague Market is a must see and the Tonala District should also be visited. These two visits will satisfy the most adicted art/craft collector.