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A New Zealander’s Travel Guide to Guadalajara

by Paul Hooper on February 3, 2012

El Teatro Degollado
Photo taken by Thomassin Mickaël

If you’ve decided to take a trip all the way from New Zealand to sunny, lively Guadalajara, in Jalisco, Mexico, you definitely need a couple of key tips on what to do there. Like most tourist spots in Mexico, this city is sure to take you by storm and dazzle you right from the get-go. As a general rule, it’s always good to have at least a basic outline of what you plan to do when traveling abroad.

It is equally advisable to take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy, because you never know what pitfalls might unfortunately crop up while on vacation. Also, you’d be well advised to bookmark a good online currency converter, in order to get real time access to the fluctuations in currency exchange rates and figure out how much everything costs.

Once you’re all set up, though, all there’s left for you to do is enjoy everything Guadalajara has to offer—and there surely are lots of sights to experience in the Jalisco city. Find some of the most popular landmarks to explore featured below.

Visit Hospicio Cabanas

Hospicio Cabanas
Photo taken by David Ortiz

Built in the late eighteenth century, the Hospicio Cabanas is perhaps the oldest and largest complex of buildings with a medical function in all of the Spanish-speaking area of the Americas. For one thing, its part Gothic, part Moorish appearance will surely delight and amaze tourists.

Once inside, you will be amazed by the wonderful, unusual and impressive murals on Biblical themes painted by Jose Clemente Orozco. The impressive building typifies the aesthetic style of the period during which it was built.

 Explore Zoologico Guadalajara

Guadalajara Zoo
Photo taken by Juan Pablo Ortiz Arechiga

The Zoo in Guadalajara will definitely delight any New Zealanders coming to Mexico, but it is an especially suitable experience for families with children, be they very young or even up to teenagers. For one thing, the zoo hosts no fewer than two thousand animals.

The Zoo’s backdrop is spectacular, as the park sits in a beautiful ravine, with incredible natural features such as the baranca, or canyon. It provides a zoo experience unlike you may have seen before, either back home in New Zealand, or in other countries, such as the US.

Tour the La Rojena – The Jose Cuervo Distillery

Jose Cuervo Distillery
Photo taken by fatal.heart

Irrespective of whether you enjoy drinking tequila or not, a visit to La Rojena, the place where Jose Cuervo tequila is distilled, is definitely one you will enjoy. The tour of the distillery is very fairly priced, highly instructive and, to top it all off, at the end of the visit you receive free tequila samples that are sure to keep your spirits, so to speak, running high for the remainder of the day.

Discover the El Teatro Degollado

El Teatro Degollado
Photo by Thomassin Mickaël

If you choose to amble at leisure through Guadalajara’s historic district, there is no way you can pass by the beautiful Teatro Degollado and not walk in. This beautiful old theater has been recently renovated and the tour of the building will be well worth your time. Additionally, special events such as theater performances and concerts are not to be missed, if you can book tickets in due time.

On your next vacation to Guadalajara, where will you go?

Paul Hooper is an online writer with a focus on travel topics, which include top tips on travel insurance, luxury accommodations, fare prices and a numerous useful tools for tourists (landmarks, hotel prices, currency converters, etc.).
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