Guadalajara, a vibrant city situated in west-central Mexico, presents a heady concoction of the classic and the contemporary. Celebrating its poster image of Mexican heritage, thanks to local Mariachi melodies, the stylish sport of charreadas, and the folkloric Mexican hat dances, Guadalajara is also an attractive hub for technology startups and coworking ecosystems. With its year-round pleasant climes, the city is best explored on foot. The Plaza de Armas, with an ornate bandstand and impressive cathedral, highlights the historical center of town. Chapultepec’s hipster vibe, Zapopan’s colonial architecture, Tonalá’s crafts markets, and the upscale neighborhoods of Tlaquepaque known for their tequila tourism, all add to the buzz. Between tequila tastings, drowned sandwiches, and pulque cocktails, explore the many cultural museums and art studios known for leather work, handicrafts, ceramics, and glass-blowing. Home to Latin America’s largest indoor market, Guadalajara also offers casual cafes, trendy nightclubs, boutique hotels, and scenic outdoor hikes to hot springs.
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Places: Mexico City (2 days) → San Miguel de Allende (2) → Guanajuato (1) → Guadalajara (2) → Punta Mita (3)
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NH Collection Guadalajara Providencia stands tall in the heart of Guadalajara’s financial district. Stay in spacious and smartly designed ensuite rooms with wooden flooring and comfortable beds. Look out to stunning views of the city, golf course, or the Barranca de Huentitan Mountains from the room's floor to ceiling windows.
Villa Ganz is a charming boutique hotel restored from what was originally a two-story private mansion built in the 1930s. It is located at the heart of the Colonia Lafayette, a beautiful neighborhood lined with colonial-style buildings, art galleries, and boutiques.