Guadalajara and nearby places of interest
Guadalajara is known
as the "Pearl of the West" or the "City of
the Roses" and is agreed to be the place where mariachis
originated. The old center is the heart of the city. There
we can find wonderful examples of Spanish colonial architecture.
This tour includes visits to places of special interest,
such as the Cathedral, the Central Square, the State Government
Palace, Cabanas Cultural Institute with its famous murals
by Jose Clemente Orozco, the Degollado Theater and the colorful
Libertad Market. This excursion ends with a visit to the
nearby town of Tlaquepaque, famous for its pottery and handicrafts.
Tequila is the town
that has given its name to the traditional Mexican drink,
known throughout the world. On this trip, visitors will
see parts of the town and the Blue Maguey plantations. The
Blue Maguey (Agave Azul) is a plant that only grows in this
region and it is the plant used to make tequila. Students
can visit some tequila distilleries and see how the drink
is made. Tequila is about 60 minutes from Guadalajara.
Just 45 minutes away
from Guadalajara, Chapala is the biggest lake in Mexico.
The average daily temperature is 25 degrees centigrade.
Visitors can take trips on boats, bathe in natural hot spring
waters and go horseback riding. On this excursion also a
short visit is made to Ajijic, which offers a wide range
of handicrafts for those who like to go shopping for bargains.
This state has a wide
variety of flora and fauna. It was the land where Benito
Juarez, one of Mexico's most famous presidents, was born.
It is essential to visit the ruins of Monte Alban and Mitla,
vestiges of the ancient Zapoteca culture, as well as visiting
museums, colonial buildings and experiencing indigenous
festivals. Oaxaca is about 10 hours from Guadalajara.