If you have three days to dedicate to Guadalajara, you can see the best of the city center and explore surrounding natural landscapes. Explore the Old Town, spend time tasting tequila in the countryside, and get off-the-beaten path in Zacoalco. Here’s how to make the most of a 3-day visit.
Guadalajara Zoo (Zoológico Guadalajara)
Calle Paseo del Zoológico 600, Huentitán El Alto, Guadalajara, Jalisco, 44390
With a standard admission ticket, enjoy access to Guadalajara Zoo’s eight permanent exhibits and marvel over some of the zoo's most famous inhabitants, including a tapir which appeared in Apocalypto alongside Mel Gibson, as well as a robust collection of exotic and endangered animals.
For an extra fee, you can also take a Safari-style adventure through the Masai Mara exhibit, ride the Panoramic Train, or soar above the enclosures on the Sky Zoo cable car. All-inclusive admission tickets booked in advance typically include access to some of the above and more.
Things to Know Before You Go
Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to do a lot of walking at Guadalajara Zoo.
Take enough cash for the day as many transactions are cash only, including ticket purchases.
There are plenty of on-site bathrooms, snack stops, picnic areas, and souvenir kiosks, although you can also enter with your own food and water.
Children ages 2 and under enter for free.
Booking all-inclusive admission tickets in advance can help save time and potential disappointment on the day.
The majority of Guadalajara Zoo is wheelchair and stroller accessible, but some of the trails may not be; wheelchairs and kiddie carts are available to rent.
How to Get There
Guadalajara Zoo is situated in Huentitán el Alto, around 4.5 miles (7.5 kilometers) from the historic center of Guadalajara. Most visitors find it easiest to arrive by private vehicle, but Guadalajara Zoo is also well connected by public transit. The closest station is Zoológico (Macrobus, Line 1).
When to Get There
During the school holidays, Guadalajara Zoo typically opens daily from the mid-morning until the early evening. In term time, the zoo is open Wednesday to Sunday. Throughout the year, the zoo can be incredibly busy on weekends, so visit midweek in term time for a quieter experience.
After a day at the zoo, families in Guadalajara won’t want to miss the nearby Selva Mágica. This theme park has roller coasters, big wheels, and pirate ships galore, as well as plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained. If you’d prefer to get back to nature, don’t miss Colomos Forest, a vast park with Japanese gardens, picnic areas, and more.
- Selva Mágica
- Mirador Independencia Park (Parque Mirador Independencia)
- Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres
- Hospicio Cabañas
- Tequila Sightseeing Trains
- Mariachi Plaza (Plaza de los Mariachis)
- Guadalajara Wax Museum (Museo de Cera de Guadalajara)
- Governor's Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)
- Guadalajara Cathedral
- Plaza de Armas
- Guadalajara Historic Center (Centro Histórico)
- Degollado Theater (Teatro Degollado)
- University of Guadalajara Museum of the Arts (MUSA)
- Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento
- Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan (Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Zapopan)