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How to Spend 3 Days in Guadalajara

How to Spend 3 Days in Guadalajara

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.


Day 1: Guadalajara Highlights

Tick off the highlights of Guadalajara on your first day in the Jalisco capital. Art and architecture buffs should head straight for the city’s downtown in the morning, to avoid the midday heat. There, explore the Cathedral, Cabañas Orphanage, and Degollado Theater on foot. In order to get both your bearings and local insight, take a walking tour that introduces you to places you might otherwise have missed.

 

In the evening, dine at one of Guadalajara’s top restaurants; grab drinks in a downtown cantina or craft beer bar; or sip cocktails on the lively, nightlife-centric Chapultepec Avenue. Pub crawls, which often include free drinks, are a great way to orient yourself in Guadalajara after dark. Alternatively, test your logic, reasoning, and patience at one of the city’s escape rooms.

 

Day 2: Food Fiesta

Dedicate day two to Guadalajara’s culinary scene. If you’re a food lover, take a half- or full-day excursion that reveals lesser-known local delicacies. Many food-filled trips include staple Guadalajara dishes such astortas ahogadas (drowned pork sandwiches) andbirria, a rich stew.

 

Alternatively, if spirits are more your thing, take advantage of being in the birthplace of tequila. Ride the José Cuervo Express right through the heart of tequila country on an all-inclusive excursion or opt for a less extravagant but equally comprehensive tour of Tequila. There, visit different distilleries and explore the quaint town before sampling some tequila.

 

Day 3: Get Off-The-Beaten Path

On your final day in Guadalajara, visit the artisan towns of Sayula and Zacoalco, which few visitors in Guadalajara get the chance to explore. There, you can wander craft markets and learn about the manufacturing processes behind leather furniture before browsing for souvenirs. Taking a private tour allows you to customize your schedule according to your needs, ideal if you have a flight to get back for.  

 

If you prefer architecture to artisanal products, spend your third day on an excursion to San Juan de los Lagos and Santo Toribio. Marvel at the Roman Catholic appeal of both places, and enjoy free time to explore at your own pace, while also benefiting from your guide’s insight into these lesser-visited towns. Or, stay closer to the city on a visit to Zapopan and the Huichol Museum, both of which are within the Guadalajara Metropolitan Zone.

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Jose Cuervo Distillery & Tequila Town Tour from Guadalajara

Jose Cuervo Distillery & Tequila Town Tour from Guadalajara

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Discover the luscious landscape of Mexico’s renowned tequila-producing region on a full-day tequila tour to Jalisco. Visit one of the world’s most famous tequila distilleries to tour and taste your way around this iconic establishment. Explore historical agave fields during your journey from Guadalajara and acquire knowledge of the complex fermentation process integral to producing delicious tequila. Savor the fiery flavor of Mexico’s national drink while your guide offers knowledgeable narration. An intimate experience is guaranteed on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 13 people.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.00
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$77.00
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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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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
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$60.00
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San Juan de los lagos, Jalisco and Santo Toribio Day Tour

San Juan de los lagos, Jalisco and Santo Toribio Day Tour

Visit some of the most architecturally interesting buildings and important Roman Catholic sites in Jalisco. The tour is a nice balance of guided commentary and time on your own to explore at your leisure. Start the tour with an early pick up from Guadalajara, arriving in Jalostotitlán to see the sites. From there, continue to San Juan de los Lagos, with its revered holy sites and bustling marketplace before heading home.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$270.52
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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
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$103.00
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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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Private Tour Guachimontones Archaeological Site from Guadalajara

Private Tour Guachimontones Archaeological Site from Guadalajara

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Immerse yourself in the archaeological history of Guachimontones on this day trip from Guadalajara. Learn about the civilization that built this site, just discovered in the early 1970s. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Guadalajara included.
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  • 6 hours
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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
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$30.77
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$30.77
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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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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$56.00
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