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Guadalajara Introduction


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Guadalajara is a city of contrasts. The second-largest city in Mexico has undergone significant modernization in the past couple of decades and has attracted numerous multinational businesses, particularly in the high-tech industry, leading to Guadalajara's distinction as Mexico's Silicon Valley.  Click here to see the full Guadalajara travel guide on Travel42 »

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Guadalajara Geography


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The capital of the state of Jalisco, Guadalajara is located in the Atemajac Valley, on a highland plain that is 5,141 ft/1,567 m above sea level. The city is surrounded by hills and sierras, some of which are falling prey to housing projects. The metropolitan area comprises the neighboring municipalities of Zapopan, Tlaquepaque and Tonola.  Click here to see the full Guadalajara travel guide on Travel42 »

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Guadalajara History


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Although the area around Guadalajara saw an agrarian society blossom as early as 200 BC, it did not foster a pre-Columbian empire comparable to others in Mexico. Indigenous groups such as the Huichol and Chapalas were residents of the surrounding highland areas.   Click here to see the full Guadalajara travel guide on Travel42 »

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Guadalajara Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Walking tours of downtown Guadalajara, where most of the historic monuments and buildings are located, are highly recommended. The area between the main cathedral (referred to as Catedral) and the Cabanas Institute (Instituto Cultural de Cabanas) is a restored historic district and pedestrian zone filled with shops and restaurants. It's a good place to enjoy people-watching and music, and to find street vendors selling their wares.  Click here to see the full Guadalajara travel guide on Travel42 »

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Guadalajara Nightlife


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Guadalajara's nightlife is ample and varied. If discos are your thing, the area around Avenida Vallarta close to Chapultapec, as well as Madero west of 16 de Septiembre, are hubs for the dancing crowd. On Avenida Lopez Cotilla and Avenida Chapultepec in the Zona Rosa, you'll find everything from classy cafes to informal beer terraces and live music. What Mexicans term tropical music (salsa and cumbia, for example) can be heard and danced to at several locations such as Casino Veracruz on Manzano.  Click here to see the full Guadalajara travel guide on Travel42 »

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Guadalajara Restaurants & Dining


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Tapatios, as the natives of Guadalajara are called, like to eat, drink and party, and Guadalajara offers some superb dining experiences. Restaurants are scattered all over the city, and everyone has a neighborhood favorite. Regional specialties include birria de chivo (goat stew), chicharones (pork skins), caldos (soups), roasted chicken, tortas ahogadas (sandwiches of pork covered with chili sauce), tacos and enchiladas (often served with distinctive Jalisco sauces).   Click here to see the full Guadalajara travel guide on Travel42 »

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