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Guadalajara Historic Center (Centro Histórico) Tours

Guadalajara Historic Center (Centro Histórico)
Overview
The country’s second-largest metropolis and capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco, Guadalajara retains a vibrant historical center (centro histórico) filled with colonial plazas, churches, and stately buildings.  This downtown area includes some of the city’s top tourist attractions, such as the Palacio del Gobierno, Teatro Degollado, and the Instituto Cultural Cabañas.

The Basics
The majority of the attractions in Guadalajara’s historical center stretch along Avenida 16 de Septiembre. Neo-Gothic Guadalajara Cathedral stands at the western end, and at the other stands the sprawling Instituto Cultural Cabañas, a former orphanage and UNESCO World Heritage Site with murals by José Clemente Orozco. Walking tours of  Guadalajara typically include these landmarks and the elevated, seven-block Plaza Tapatía.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Keep in mind that most museums located in the Guadalajara Historic Center are closed on Mondays. 
  • The city’s central plaza area is wheelchair and stroller accessible and is equipped with ramps, and all road crossings have concrete wheelchair ramps.
  • San Juan de Dios, a popular three-story covered market with large produce and prepared-food sections, is a must for foodies.

How to Get There
It’s about a 30-minute ride from Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport to the historical center. You can reach the centro histórico area via the city’s light rail system; the closest stop to the center’s top attractions is San Juan de Dios on Line 2. Once you’re in the historical center, all the attractions are walkable, or you can climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage, often used for tours.

When to Get There
In general, Sunday is the best day to hang with the locals, who are out and about socializing and  shopping in the craft markets. Guadalajara is considered the birthplace of mariachi music, and one of the liveliest times to visit is during the annual International Mariachi Festival, held the first week of September.

Day Trip to Tequila
Tequila—a small town with a big name—is 32 miles (52 kilometers) northwest of Guadalajara. A popular day trip from Guadalajara, in Tequila you can visit distilleries and learn about the production of Mexico’s national drink, as well as enjoy some taste testing.
Address: Centro Historico, Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
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6 Tours and Activities to Experience Guadalajara Historic Center (Centro Histórico)

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Mexican Muralism Cultural Tour in Guadalajara

Mexican Muralism Cultural Tour in Guadalajara

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Discover the architecture and the historical and cultural significance of Guadalajara on this guided half-day tour. Learn about the important Mexican muralists, including Jose Clemente Orozco and his work, and see examples of this artwork. Plus, visit historical sites like the Cabañas Orphanage, which features 57 of Orozco’s fresco murals, along with the Cathedral, the Degollado Theatre, and more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.00
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$60.00
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Private Guadalajara City Tour Within Your Budget

Private Guadalajara City Tour Within Your Budget

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The walking tour in Guadalajara aims to make you'r experience the most likeable possible in your city, our job is to introduce you to the city with our history, traditions, and local folklore that you can only experience by walking. Our guides will always try the best to put a smile on your face and at the same time teach you about this wonderful city in Mexico! The best way to get to know the best of Guadalajara with a local and in a budget friendly way and focusing only on you!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Guadalajara City Tour

Guadalajara City Tour

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The walking tour in Guadalajara aims to make you'r experience the most likeable possible in your city, our job is to introduce you to the city with our history, traditions, and local folklore that you can only experience by walking. Our guides will always try the best to put a smile on your face and at the same time teach you about this wonderful city in Mexico! The best way to get to know the best of Guadalajara with a local and in a budget friendly way and focusing only on you!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.39
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Guadalajara Private Tour

Guadalajara Private Tour

The Private tour in Guadalajara aims to make you'r experience the most likeable possible in your city, our job is to introduce you to the city with our history, traditions, and local folklore that you can only experience by walking. Our guides will always try the best to put a smile on your face and at the same time teach you about this wonderful city in Mexico! The best way to get to know the best of Guadalajara with a local and in a budget friendly way and focusing only on you!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.90
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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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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Guadalajara Private Mural Art Tour

Guadalajara Private Mural Art Tour

Highlights: • Discover the mural art world of Guadalajara in a tour led by the expert • Hear the stories about famous Mexican artists • Share art experience in a company of your friends and family What to expect: We will go sightseeing through the city center; hear stories about famous Mexican artists while taking pictures of the heritage sites, murals during this guided art tour. In this tour we will dive into the history of neo-muralism and explore the open-air museum; we will see the murals by world-renowned artists like Orozco; explore the art world by local and international artists, learn about the local and international art projects and festivals. This tour is perfect to help those unfamiliar with Guadalajara to settle into the experience through the art.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$58.00
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