Mirador Independencia Park (Parque Mirador Independencia)
Overlooked by many travelers in Guadalajara thanks to its somewhat removed location, a visit to the Mirador Independencia Park can be a rewardingly tranquil experience. You can easily spend an hour people-watching, dining at the on-site restaurant, and snapping photos of the canyon below, although the amphitheater is also a great place to sit with a book. Alternatively, hikers, joggers, and nature lovers can use the park as a starting point for an exploration of the surrounding Barranca de Huentitán National Park.
Things to Know Before You Go
Pack an umbrella or raincoat if you plan on visiting during the rainy summer months as heavy downpours can arrive quickly.
There’s a small restaurant, children’s playground, and several nearby hiking trails.
Try and catch a concert, movie screening, or dance recital at the Mirador Independencia Park amphitheater.
Wheelchair users can access and enjoy the views from the top of the park, but the stepped amphitheater section is inaccessible.
How to Get There
Given its location on the outskirts of Guadalajara, most travelers find it easiest to skip the hassle of time-consuming public transit, instead arriving to Mirador Independencia Park by taxi or rideshare. However, the Macrobus system does run to the park—depart at the aptly-named Mirador station. There’s also paid parking on-site.
When to Get There
Mirador Independencia Park is open year-round from morning through evening, but it’s best to visit in the morning, when you can properly appreciate the sweeping views over the canyon below and enjoy the cooler weather. For a lush green vista, stop by during the summer rainy season (roughly June to September), but prepare for the possibility of a sudden downpour.
Natural Attractions in Guadalajara
Escape the hustle and bustle of Guadalajara with an invigorating hike through the Barranca de Huentitán National Park, picnic in Metropolitan Park (Parque Metropolitano), or take it easy with a stroll around the Colomos Forest (Bosque Los Colomos). At the latter, take time to stop in the Japanese Garden and feed the abundant squirrel population.
- Guadalajara Zoo (Zoológico Guadalajara)
- Selva Mágica
- Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres
- Hospicio Cabañas
- Tequila Sightseeing Trains
- Guadalajara Wax Museum (Museo de Cera de Guadalajara)
- Mariachi Plaza (Plaza de los Mariachis)
- Plaza de Armas
- Degollado Theater (Teatro Degollado)
- Guadalajara Historic Center (Centro Histórico)
- Governor's Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)
- Guadalajara Cathedral
- Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan (Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Zapopan)
- University of Guadalajara Museum of the Arts (MUSA)
- Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento