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How to Spend 1 Day in Guadalajara

How to Spend 1 Day in Guadalajara

From cool cocktail bars and a fantastic culinary scene to colonial architecture and a wealth of museums, Guadalajara combines culture and cuisine with ease. Here’s how to see plenty of Guadalajara’s star attractions, even if you only have one day to dedicate to Mexico’s walkable second city.

 

Morning: Explore the Historic Center

After a typical breakfast at one of the many cafés, restaurants, or markets in Guadalajara, dedicate your morning to the historic center and explore on foot before the sun reaches its peak in the city of eternal spring. Visit the yellow-spired cathedral and other sights independently, or—to learn more than you could alone—take a private guided city tour. Art fans can even opt for a tailored murals tour, with stops at the Degollado Theatre and Cabañas Orphanage, among others. Skip-the-line entry at the Cabañas Orphanage will speed up your morning of sightseeing, which is ideal when you have limited time in the city.

 

Afternoon: Get Back to Nature

In the afternoon, get back to nature, go for lunch, or both. Explore the culinary heritage of Guadalajara during a guided food tour, some of which include tastings and drinks. Then, once it gets too hot in the city center, escape to the wooded outskirts. Pay a visit to Los Colomos Forest, explore the Japanese Gardens, and feed the squirrels. Alternatively, take a detour to the Guadalajara Zoo or visit the neighboring Selva Mágica theme park. Buy your admission tickets for both in advance so you don’t waste time waiting in line.

 

Night: Try Some Tequila

It wouldn’t be a trip to Guadalajara—an hour from the town of Tequila—without a taste of the city’s nightlife. Head for popular Chapultepec Avenue, lined by clusters of bars, or opt for a structured bar crawl if you’re not sure where to begin. Perfect for solo travelers looking to make friends, most pub crawls also include complimentary drinks. Alternatively, if drinking isn’t your thing, try your hand at an escape-room experience instead. Booking tickets in advance will guarantee you a slot at a time that fits your schedule.  

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Guadalajara Food Tour

Guadalajara Food Tour

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Enjoy local foods and a full belly on a gourmet culinary tour of Guadalajara. Set out on foot to sample some of the region's tastiest offerings, visiting popular eateries, landmark restaurants and old-school coffee shops—learning about the area's culture and architecture as you go. Dive into a 'drowned-pork sandwich' at a famous chain establishment or chow down on chicken tacos at the city's oldest cafe.
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  • 3 hours
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$48.21
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$48.21

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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Zapopan Tour from Guadalajara: Basilica of Our Lady and Huichol Art Museum

Zapopan Tour from Guadalajara: Basilica of Our Lady and Huichol Art Museum

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Set out from Guadalajara on a day trip to explore the city of Zapopan, peruse its pedestrian-only street and see its two main attractions: The Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan and the Huichol Art Museum. After arriving in Zapopan you'll visit the stunning 17th century basilica, home to a revered statue of the Virgin Mary and a popular pilgrimage site for Catholics. Next door is the museum highlighting the region's indigenous Huichol people. Browse intricate beadworks, yarn paintings and other artworks while learning about their culture and heritage.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.00
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$102.00
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Pub Crawl Guadalajara

Pub Crawl Guadalajara

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Experience a night on the town with a Guadalajara Pub Crawl. Set out through the city's lively Colonia Americana district on a 2-hour tour of various bars and clubs. Sip mezcal, choose from an array of international beers and nosh on snacks while you socialize. It's a great way to meet and mingle with fellow travelers or locals looking for a little something different to do in the evening. An art historian leads the tour, so raise a glass to learning some fascinating facts and tidbits as you go.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$30.12
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$30.12

Escape Game in Guadalajara: Central Bank Robbery

Escape Game in Guadalajara: Central Bank Robbery

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Take a bite into crime during your visit to Guadalajara with this escape game located in the city center. Make your way to the Mexico Central Bank with your team of thieves. Your task? Get into the adjacent old mint building and loot a guarded treasure. The challenge? Do it all under 60 minutes — or the cops take you away in handcuffs. Share this team-building and adrenaline-fueled activity with family and friends at Fox in a Box Guadalajara, a room-escape entertainment company.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.77
Price varies by group size
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$30.77
Price varies by group size

Escape Game in Guadalajara: Save the World in a Bunker

Escape Game in Guadalajara: Save the World in a Bunker

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Escape a locked bunker in one hour. Join a small group of two to five people at Fox in a Box Guadalajara, a room-escape entertainment company, and together you must figure out keys, codes and tools to prevent a nuclear disaster. A great team-building and adrenaline-fueled activity to share with your family and friends!
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.77
Price varies by group size
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$30.77
Price varies by group size