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Governor's Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) Tours & Tickets

Governor's Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)
Just south of the cathedral and facing the pretty Plaza de Armas, you’ll find the imposing governor’s palace. The two-story building is massive, baroque, and beset with snarling gargoyles, but the façade is far less interesting than the building’s illustrious history and unique interior.

The palace was completed in 1790. Father Miguel Hidalgo occupied the building in 1810, during the Mexican War of Independence. A radical priest with a taste for wine and women, Hidalgo crusaded for human rights; it was here in the governor’s palace that he issued his famous proclamation to abolish slavery. Later, during one of Mexico’s numerous small civil wars, Benito Juarez, “Mexico’s Abraham Lincoln,” also occupied the building. When opposing forces entered the city, Juarez was captured outside the palace and very nearly executed. The guns of a firing squad were lined upon him when the novelist Guillermo Prieto jumped forth to shield Juarez. Supposedly he cried “los valientes no asesinan,” (the brave don’t murder) and the soldiers lowered their rifles.

The interior of the Palacio de Gobierno reflects the building’s storied past. The principal stairwell is emblazoned with a dramatic image of Father Miguel Hidalgo, backlit by the fires of revolution. The mural wraps up the stairs, depicting the history and imagined future of Mexico. The paintings are the work of one of the world’s preeminent muralists, Jose Clemente Orozco, and offer a good crash course in Mexican history. A smaller upstairs mural depicts Hidalgo signing the decree to abolish slavery—this mural was Orozco’s last work.

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Open daily from 9am-8pm. Admission is free.
Address: Av Ramón Corona 31, Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
Hours: Daily 9am-8pm
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Downtown Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque Tour

Downtown Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque Tour

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Discover all of Guadalajara’s top attractions during this in-depth day tour, with free time to explore the arts and gastronomy hub of Tlaquepaque. Get a peek at the controversial work of Mexican muralist Jose Clemente Orozco, and discover the city’s most stunning panoramic view. After visiting all the main landmarks, you’ll head to Tlaquepaque village. Linger over a tasty lunch platter, pop into an art gallery, or shop for handicraft souvenirs.
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Street Art Tour of Guadalajara

Street Art Tour of Guadalajara

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Experience Guadalajara’s renowned street art on this guided excursion. After meeting your guide at Cabañas Cultural Institute—entrance is included in the tour price—learn about Mexico’s rich tradition of muralism from an expert while admiring the masterpieces of one of the country’s great artists, José Clemente Orozco. See the work of international artists in avenues and alleyways, enjoy a complimentary meal, and marvel at hidden works by David Alfaro Siqueiros.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Guadalajara History & Muralism Walking Tour

Guadalajara History & Muralism Walking Tour

Stroll the historic center of Guadalajara hosted by a local expert. Discover why they say that Jalisco is Mexico. Live a one-day cultural experience that will take you through the customs, and ways of life “Tapatíos” (word for residents of Guadalajara). You will visit the main attractions of the city center: squares, monuments, churches, museums, walkways, art galleries, markets, colonial buildings, and local craft shops. Appreciate the murals of Jose Clemente Orozco, considered one of the three great exponents of Mexican muralism along with Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. During the tour, you will learn from your host the history, traditions, and gastronomy of Guadalajara in a social, friendly, and fun atmosphere. A complete and indispensable tour if you have a few days to explore the second-largest city in Mexico.
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Bike Tour to the Historic Center

Bike Tour to the Historic Center

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A bicycle tour is a great way to discover and get to know the city. We invite you to discover the great city of Guadalajara with us. Feel the soul of the city, drive through the busy streets and learn about its incredible history, as well as about the culture and lifestyle of Mexicans. 13 km through Guadalajara to the most interesting spots of the city.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Bike Tour to historic Center

Private Bike Tour to historic Center

A bike tour is a great way to get to know the city, and understand how the city works from a unique perspective. Our tourguides are knowledgeable and flexible, so if you have any specific interests, do not hesitate to ask your guide, so we can tailor your experience to your likes and interests. The tour gives you a bit of healthy excercise, but is fun for beginners as well as for experienced bikers. Hope to see you soon!
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Guadalajara Private Photography Workshop and Tour

Guadalajara Private Photography Workshop and Tour

Our photography tours have been designed to guide you through the most photogenic locations in the city, often away from the typical tourist trails, while at the same time aiding you in perfecting your photographic skills. Our aim is to help you create a work of art, rather than just taking snapshots on the "program" mode of your camera. These tours are an excellent way of combining a visit through the wonders of Guadalajara. Apart from learning how to navigate quickly around modern DSLR and mirror-less cameras, we will show you how to use your inner eye to create images to be proud of. We will go over various techniques to capture images using light, composition, perspective, selective focus, shadows & highlights and other methods! The tour is of benefit to semi-professional photographers as well as beginners and advanced amateurs. All of our tours are for individuals, couples and small groups as we believe this makes for a more productive and enjoyable experience.
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Guadalajara Private City Tour with drinks

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Guadalajara Private City Tour with drinks

Explore Guadalajara on a half-day tour that includes a city tour and drinks. - Take the views from several overlooks around Guadalajara, see the picturesque churches, and stop at the street strolls to sample some of the local products. - Stroll around the local market with our expert guide. - Stop at the most interesting places to see the beautiful architecture and hear the story behind it. On this tour, we'll trace the history of Guadalajara. We'll visit a number of key sites. We'll also take in some famous Mexican murals created by Orozco and his contemporaries—depictions of the events that have shaped the city that is integral to understanding the contemporary Mexican identity. As the benefit of walking around the city center, we will talk about elegant colonial buildings, show you the best design studios, restaurants, cafes so you can enjoy your stay in Guadalajara. You can customize your tour and book a 4 or 6 hours private tour
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Governor's Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) hours of operation: Daily 9am-8pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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