10 Things to See in Historic Guadalajara


This tour of Historic Guadalajara is one you won’t soon forget, let's take a peek at the ten sites you should visit.  As one of the largest cities in Latin America, Guadalajara has a large cultural influence. The historic center is full of amazing architecture, cathedrals and museums that are a must see for any traveler.

Pronounced gwa-dele’hara, it is the capital city in the Jalisco state of Western Mexico.

The University of Guadalajara

It is regarded as the most significant university in the state and the second in the country.

Church of Atonement Guadalajara

Church of Atonement

Located right next door to the University of Guadalajara administration building the gothic architecture of this church is breathtaking.

Guadalajara Cathedral

This historic Roman Catholic Cathedral was built in Spanish Renaissance style with Neo-gothic bell towers.  If the outside doesn’t already impress you take a step inside and explore

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Teatro Degollado

This Mexican theater dates back to 1800s and the exterior is full of artistic beauty, I can only image how beautiful it is inside.  Watching a performance in this historical building would be breathtaking and bring anyone to tears.

La Fuente, a historical bar in Guadalajara

La Fuente

This legendary cantina is steeped in history dating back to 1921 and was the first bar in Guadalajara.  Be sure to stop in for a shot of Herradura Reposado and find out the legend of the Famous Bike.

The Government Palace in Guadalajara

The Government Palace

The construction of the Palace started in 1643 and finished later in 1774 the outside has amazing character while the inside has amazing murals including those depicting the War of Independence.

Mural paintings by Jalisco-born José Clemente Orozco

One of Mexico's most important artists can be found in buildings throughout Historic Guadalajara and are an important part of the history.

Guadalajara Sign

Guadalajara sign

You can’t be a real tourist without stopping by for a photo.  Spend some time in the square taking in the sites and enjoying the water fountains.

Plaza de la Constitución

This landmark is also known as Plaza de Armas is one of the oldest meeting places dating back to the 19th century.  The character of the square reminds me of French architecture and is the perfect place to capture a tourist photo or two.

Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres

Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres

This is a landmark that honors the memory of the people of Jalisco that has transcended through history.  Many people were picnicking on the benches around the monument, it had greenery to enjoy as you walked through and learned about the history of the state.


Guadalajara is known for tequila and mariachi music and you can easily spend a few days exploring this historic city. If you decide to take our advice and fit in these 10 things to see in Guadalajara we recommend good walking shoes, a backpack with a few sun essentials including water, sunscreen, and a hat.

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