Guadalajara Must Sees
It is impossible to narrow down Guadalajara's must-see attractions. However, here are two day-trips that get 5-star ratings every time:
Shopping in Tlaquepaque – this Guadalajara shopping district draws the world's most avid shoppers to over 300 specialty shops. Tlaquepaque is entirely closed off to traffic so shoppers can stroll leisurely from store to store, browsing everything from fine crystal ornaments to quality wooden furnishings. Since so many vacationers come to Tlaquepaque purely for a shopping holiday and many bed & breakfast owners have caught on and now offer weekend rates. While shopping, take a break at one of the many sidewalk restaurants, where lunch or dinner is served amid live Mariachi music. Prices in Tlaquepaque are quite reasonable considering the quality of merchandise sold here. Numerous tour companies specialize in guided shopping trips of Tlaquepaque, but taxis can just as easily drop you off and pick you up after you've shopped your heart out.
Trip to Tequila – the intoxicating town is well worth the 1 ¾ - hour drive from Guadalajara. You can arrange for a taxi driver to take you to Tequila, to tour the distillery, to a restaurant and back to Guadalajara for about $55 to $60. A guided tour can also be arranged by bus through your travel agent or hotel. No trip to Tequila is complete without a sampling at the famous distillery - Sauza and José Cuervo. Another option is to hop aboard the Tequila Express to the town of Amatitán, home of the Herradura distillery. It departs every Saturday at 10 am from Guadalajara's train station and can be purchased through the city's Chamber of Commerce. The Herradura Distillery tour includes an open bar on the train for tequila tasting, a tour of Hacienda San José del Refugio distillery, dinner and mariachi music.