Guadalajara Excursions

Downtown Guadalajara Excursion – visitors need only venture into Guadalajara's historic city center to experience a wealth of architectural eye-candy and culture.

Perhaps the most stunning excursion is Guadalajara's Cathedral, built in the 15th century through to the 18th century. The outcome is a collage of baroque, neoclassic and Gothic styling. When Guadalajara's tourists approach they will be welcomed by four open plazas set in the design of a cross – these surround the entire cathedral.

The Basilica of the Virgin of Zapopan, Guadalajara Excursion – is the religious heart of Guadalajara and was built in honor of the city's patron saint. Follow the ample promenade, which opens to a plaza where the dazzling 18th-century basilica sits. Take time to examine its design - a combination of baroque and plateresque architecture. Outside, at the front of Guadalajara's basilica, there are stands selling religious figures and souvenirs vie for your attention. Be sure to visit the church's museum and store - proceeds of any purchase go to the betterment of Guadalajara's Huichol Indians.

Palacio del Gobierno, Guadalajara Excursion- is a grand Spanish/Moorish palace built in Guadalajara in 1774. The Palace showcases many works of famed Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco – a rendering of Hidalgo looms overhead in the central courtyard; while the 'Carnival of Ideologies' and an additional Hildalgo mural rest within the Guadalajara palace's inner chambers. The Palicio del Gobierno is open from 10 am to 8 pm, daily.

Museo Regional de Guadalajara - was built in 1701 as a Guadalajara convent. Today the museum protects Guadalajara's archaeological relics, fossils and art. Museum highlights include a meteorite found in 1792 weighing a total of 1,715-pounds; a collection of pre-Hispanic pottery; and a small exhibit of indigenous clothing of the area's Cora, Huichole, Mexicanero, Nahua and Tepehuanes tribes. Museo Regional de Guadalajara is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to 5:45 pm, and entrance is $2.50 for adults and $1 for children.

Try other Mexico Excursion pages and the Top 5 Things to See pages: Acapulco, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel, Mexico City, and Puerto Vallarta.

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