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Guadalajara's downtown historical district, the most European looking city in México, was built over 469 years ago by Spanish Conquistadors. There is a square mile of plazas around the Cathedral Metropolitana with grand buildings of hand-cut, hand-placed stones, and plazas designed to complement their structures. Historic churches, museums, and shops line these pedestrian malls and fountain-filled public squares. Almost every day or week, there is a concert, symphony, opera or new art exhibition. You will enjoy this social meeting place of local residents and visitors spending their free time during the day, the evenings and on weekends.

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CATHEDRAL METROPOLITANA



This ornate cathedral was built over a 60 year period during the 16th and 17th centuries, at the request of Philip II, King of Spain. The many modifications, over the years, have rendered parts of it Gothic, Moorish, Baroque, and Neoclassic in style. It has the second-largest pipe organ in the country and is one of the featured organs during the annual pipe organ festival usually held every May.




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TEATRO DEGOLLADO


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This magnificent 1866 neoclassic theater is in Centro Histórico. It was modeled after Milan's La Scala and features a dome, adorned with Geraldo Suárez's depiction of Dante's Divine Comedy, above five tiers of gilded, private box seats. Enjoy Folkloric, (Floclórico) Ballet of the University of Guadalajara, the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco), Classic Ballet and Opera in spender.
MUSEOS

INSTITUTO CULTURAL CABAÑAS
This landmark neoclassical-style cultural center, served as home for 400 orphans and indigent children until the 1970's. The rooms, which surround twenty three flower-filled patios, contain permanent and revolving art exhibits. English speaking guides are available.

MUSEO REGIONAL DE GUADALAJARA
Formerly a seminary this museum is also known as the State Museum. The first-floor galleries, which surround a garden courtyard, contain artifacts and memorabilia that trace the history of western Mexico, there are also revolving arts and crafts exhibits. The galleries offer an impressive collection of European and Mexican artists and displays about the history of Jalisco.

MUSEO del PALACIO del GOBIERNO
The seat of Jalisco State Government has a 17th century baroque façade and an interactive multimedia resource museum which exhibits pre-Hispanic archeological pieces and illustrates the history of the building as well as the importance of tequila.

EX-CONVENTO DEL CARMEN
This historic convent and chapel now serve as a cultural center: an art gallery exhibiting paintings, photographs and sculpture; grand halls featuring stage plays, recitals and chamber music concerts; the main courtyard presenting dance performances; and a theater showing classic movies in the lower level.

MUSEO de las ARTES
This early 20th century building, just a few steps away from La Perla, presents a changing exhibition of contemporary art in its gallery and music concerts in its domed auditorium.


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MERCADO LIBERTAD



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Commonly known as Mercado San Juan de Dios, is the largest market in Latin America with over 2600 businesses in a three-square-block area. Here you will be able to acquire and endless amount of local and regional souvenirs.
MARIACHI PLAZA



Guadalajara is hometown of mariachi music, the romantic ballads performed by large bands of strikingly uniformed musicians playing guitars, violins, bases, and soulful trumpets.  The plaza next to San Juan de Dios is full of mariachi musicians every night



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TEMPLO EXPIATORIO


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This church is only one block from La Perla. The Italian neo-gothic facade is made of stone and just as in the Middle Ages, no cement or iron was used in its construction. The unique main spire is of carved cantera stone and inset with stained glass windows. The view of the church from the La Perla rooftop terrace, while you enjoy cocktails with our friends, is spectacular. The bell tower features 12 moving Apostles which appear on a balcony at one door and the return through another.

CHAPULTEPEC or ZONA ROSA


You will enjoy walking from La Perla to this vibrant popular area filled with stores selling music, books, and culture fashion clothing; restaurants with delicious cuisine; and bars sidewalk cafes to relax people-watching. Students, artists, writers, journalists enjoy its spacious green median with fountains, benches and weekend, sidewalk concerts.



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BULL FIGHTS AND RODEOS


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Bullfights are held at Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progreso and rodeos at Lienzo Charro de Jalisco.
CALANDRIAS


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In addition to seeing the attractions in Historical Centro, carriages (calandrias) and modern tour buses are waiting in Centro to show you more of the greater Guadalajara area.

TLAQUEPAQUE and TONALÁ

TLAQUEPAQUE, a suburb of Guadalajara is known as the most important artisan center in Mexico.  It has over 300 shops, gourmet restaurants and galleries, many in grand manor homes, selling: glassware, pottery, textiles, jewelry, tin, wrought iron, high-end furniture, and household accessories. Interior Designers from all over the world come here to shop for their clients.

TONALÁ, five miles east of Tlaquepaque, is home to more than 2000 artisans and is Mexico’s pottery and hand blown glass production center.  In addition to low and high-fire ceramics, numerous city blocks of shops sell the glass, art, basketry, and works of papier-mâché, pewter, tin, copper, wood and wrought iron produced here.


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RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE


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At La Perla, we help you to select from the literally hundreds of sidewalk cafes and restaurants in Guadalajara featuring traditional dishes, as well as International Cuisine. Guadalajara is a city of music lovers and you can choose a tranquil Bohemian bar to spend a pleasant and calm evening; restaurants that feature a variety of live music; or extravagant discos with the ultimate in technology and music. Our gay friends will find nearly forty clubs to choose from in Guadalajara, the "San Francisco of Mexico." For more information, check out our Helpful LINKS page.

DAY TRIPS


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As our guest, we will be happy to assist you in making arrangements for day trips: MUNDO CUERVO TOUR to the Magic Pueblo of Tequila or the TEQUILA EXPRESS to Casa Tequila Herradura; Mazamitla, the Alpine village in the mountains of jalisco; Magdalena, the City of Opals; Guachimontones, the 2000 year old "round pyramids of Jalisco; or the GOLD COAST OF LAKE CHAPALA, the communities along the 60 mile long lake  "Lago de Chapala" including AJIJIC and the relaxing natural mineral spas of San Juan Cosala.