Guadalajara
Mexico
By Leslie Schipper

Commonly referred to as the "The Pearl of the West", Guadalajara is the birthplace of mariachi music, the Mexican hat dance, and the tequila capital of the world. Guadalajara is Mexico's second largest city, having evolved as a regional centre of trade and commerce, and is a perfect destination for exploring both the traditional and contemporary aspects of Mexico. Let WhatsCheaper.com help you book your travel to this cultural and energetically charged Mexican destination.

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL) is located 12 miles southeast of downtown Guadalajara and handles both international and domestic flights. Book your flight through WhatsCheaper.com at (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) and find competitive and great low airfare rates.  From the airport book a shuttle, rent a car, or take a taxi a short drive away to the heart of the city. With top rated hotels, you'll have plenty of accommodation options to choose from. Let WhatsCheaper.com help you find exactly what you're looking for here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

The best place to start your vacation is in the Centro Historico, or the historic downtown.  WhatsCheaper.com suggests dedicated a fair amount of time here as it is best seen on foot, and there are plenty of sights to see.  The Guadalajara Cathedral is a must see at the center of the Plaza of Crosses. Construction started in the 1560's, took over fifty years to complete, and is a eclectic mix of gothic, neoclassical, baroque, and moorish architecture.  Inside the cathedral is the famed mural, "The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin", by Bartolome Esteban Murillo.  It also houses one of the oldest organs in the city.

Walking east of the cathedral, you'll find UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hospicio Cabanas.  Until 1980, the building was used to provide care and shelter for the disadvantaged- orphans, the elderly, and the handicapped.  Today, the institute is a cultural art center and houses the permanent collection of celebrated muralist Jose Celemente Orozco as well as temporary exhibitions. 

Haven't had your fill of art? WhatsCheaper.com suggests heading to the Teatro Degollado, headquarters of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra.  The theatre regularly hosts recitals, contemporary ballets and concerts and is a beautiful example of neoclassical architecture. Attending an event is something you shouldn't miss.

If museums and art don't excite you, a soccer game surely will! Soccer (known in Mexico as futbol) is Mexico's national sport and Guadalajara is home to the Chivas Rayadas, one of the oldest futbol teams in the country.  Catch one of their games at Jalisco Stadium and take part in the passion and excitement for one of Mexico's most successful and popular teams.  

A trip to the city center isn't complete without a stop at the Mercado Libertad.  One of the largest traditional markets in Mexico, three levels of vendors sell everything from food, handcrafts, shoes, leather goods, and clothing. Visiting the market is a great opportunity to talk with the Tapatios (residents of Guadalajara), pick up souvenirs and gifts, and try local favorite foods.

WhatsCheaper.com suggests trying local cuisine that has a delicious mix of pre- Hispanic and Spanish influences.  A popular dish is birria, goat or lamb meat cooked in a spicy sauce.  Birria is usually served in bowls along with minced onion, limes and tortillas. Another favored dish is tortas ahogadas. Tortas ahogadas is a sandwich filled with pork and then covered in a red tomato and chili pepper sauce.  If you are traveling to Guadalajara in September, you might catch the Feria Internacional Gastronomia (International Gastronomy Fair) that showcases both Mexican and International cuisines.

Gudalajara is the cultural center of Western Mexico and will keep you wanting more with it's thriving art scene and it's rich history. Let WhatsCheaper.com help you book and plan your trip to the "Pearl of the West."

MUST SEE IN Guadalajara LIST:

  • 1. Guadalajara Cathedral (Metropolitian Cathedral)
  • 2. Hospicio Cabanas
  • 3. Teatro Degollado
  • 4. Mercado Libertad
  • 5. Zoologico Guadalajara
  • 6. La Rojena- Jose Cuervo Distillery
  • 7. Palacio de Gobierno
  • 8. Museo Regional de Guadalajara
  • 9. Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres
  • 10. Jalisco Regional Museum

Guadalajara EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Three Kings Day - Early January
  • 2. Aniversario de la Ciudad (Anniversary of the City)- February
  • 3. Feria de Tonala - Late March/early April
  • 4. Dia del Trabajo (Labor Day) - May
  • 5. Cinco de Mayo- May
  • 6. Fiestas de Tlaquepaque - Mid- June to early July
  • 7. Fiesta Internacional del Mariachi- late August / September
  • 8. Independence Day - September
  • 9. Fiestas de Octubre - throughout October
  • 10. Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara - late November/early December

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Hilton Guadalajara
Ave. De La Rosas 2933, Guadalajara, Mexico
By Lee Nichols

In the birthplace of mariachi music, the Mexican hat dance and the home of Tequila is the Hilton Guadalajara. The Hilton is 30 miles from the Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport where you can catch a ride via local transportation to the intimate and professional hotel. Once you arrive there is valet or self-parking for a daily fee. Check-in to a guest room at 3 p.m. and enjoy the great amenities that this hotel has to offer.

All guest rooms, which are either smoking or non-smoking, come with a choice of a king size bed or two double beds with bolster pillows and sheets of 250 thread count. The large work desk with lamp and ergonomic desk chair is perfect for the traveling business person. The rooms all come equipped with convenient outlets for all your technological needs, access to Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a 32” LCD HD flat panel television. The bathrooms maintain the quality you would expect at Hilton with handheld showers, hairdryers, a trouser press and an ironing board with iron.  

The Hilton experience does not end with the room that is only where it begins. The Los Vitrales Restaurant serves a full international menu and delivers a delicious alternative to the 24 hour room service. There is also the Vinifera Wine Bar which proudly provides 65 different brands of Tequila for the start of an exotic night. There is an indoor fitness center, an outdoor heated pool and the spa where you can enjoy the steam rooms or a massage. For the business traveler the Hilton is located in the business complex of the World Trade Center and the hotel offers 9 conference or banquet rooms that seat 2500 guests and 3 outdoor terraces that seat 1400 guests. The Hilton Guadalajara is within walking distance of the Plaza del Sol shopping center, close to local cinemas and in a city that is the largest technological center in Mexico and is considered “Mexico’s Silicone Valley” there will always be something to explore and discover while staying at the Hilton.

Check-out is at 1 p.m. at your convenience, and whether you are in Guadalajara for business or pleasure, you will find everything you need to fulfill your stay at the Hilton Guadalajara. WhatsCheaper.com can give you the best help to schedule your stay. Just click on the link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started. 

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Westin Guadalajara
Avenida de las Rosas 2911, Guadalajara, Mexico
By Chrystyne Jackson

Guadalajara is Mexico’s second largest city. It has such beautiful nicknames as City of Roses and City of Fountains. When visiting this bustling metropolis, make the most of your time by staying at the Westin Guadalajara. The tasteful and contemporary décor, and convenient express check in and check out are part of the reason this hotel should be your first choice in accommodations.

The Westin offers a variety comfortable guestrooms and suites. Suites offer a separate living area. Beds are the signature Westin Heavenly Beds. Bathrooms feature the Heavenly Shower/Bath. All rooms come with a 32-inch or 42-inch LCD television. High speed Internet access is available. Guestrooms are 100% smoke-free. For those who prefer to unwind in the comfort of their own room, 24-hour in room dining is available.

Guests will appreciate the hotel’s many amenities. There is an on site car rental service. For those who wish to maintain their fitness regime, there is a Fitness Center featuring state of the art equipment. Afterwards you can relax with an in room massage. The Main Restaurant offers International cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If your business meetings include a meal there is a private annex to the restaurant that is perfect for cocktails, presentations and conferences. Evenings you can enjoy cocktails and bar snacks as you socialize in the Lobby Bar, which offers indoor and outdoor seating. While exploring Guadalajara be sure to take in the magnificent Guadalajara Cathedral, a gorgeous structure which has survived earthquakes. The neighborhood surrounding the Westin includes shops, parks, and a notable jewelry center.

Whatever your reason for traveling to Guadalajara, make your visit complete by staying at the Westin Guadalajara. WhatsCheaper.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started today.

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