As mentioned before, rain would play a factor is this trip, especially at the time of coming to Guadalajara. After getting to the Airbnb I had for this part of the trip, I had received an alert from the host that there was a Hurricane off of the Pacific Coast of Mexico, and that from the projected path, it would be coming into the state of Jalisco, the same one I was in while visiting Guadalajara. The good news though was that the projected path had it going further toward the North, which meant that if it stayed on this path, we would only likely see a bit more rain in the area.
Keeping in mind that there was a potential for rain, I chose to go with a culture day with a dash of coaster riding later. Back when we were here in the 2013 TPR Mexico Tour, we took a tour bus across to Guadalajara from Mexico City, arriving in the evening. That evening would be the best time we had to do a bit of sightseeing in the area as we were slated to head to Selva Magica the next day, and then to the Jose Cuervo factory in Taquilla that evening, and the next day would be the drive back to Mexico City.
Because our time was a bit limited in Guadalajara, this was an opportunity to get to see more of the city, which started with an exploration of the area near Hospicio Cabañas, a former hospital that was turned into a museum. While the museum was closed (many attractions in Mexico that are open during the weekends will be closed on Mondays if they do have a closed day during the week), there were some really unique sculptures outside of it by an artist named Alejandro Colunga. He purposefully made them into chairs and benches so that people would interact with them, and for some, these look like the result of people’s nightmares, yet they were truly unique addition to the plaza, and the visitors really enjoyed them as they took pictures of them and with them.
Heading in the direction away from the front of Hospicio Cabañas, you come into an excellent walking plaza that leads all the way to the Cathedral de Guadalajara, with a combination of shops, markets, and restaurants, complimented by fantastic architecture and art work. Along the way, you may also find buskers performing and adding to the atmosphere of this great plaza.
During this time of exploring the plaza I made a lunch stop at Chavas 'n Charle's, and enjoyed a great steak meal that was essentially a “build your own taco” type of arrangement as they would bring your food out with tortillas to make tacos. Of course, being in Mexico also meant enjoying a cerveza Tecate.
Further down the plaza, there is the beautiful square that offers visitors the ability to enjoy Teatro Degollado and Guadalajara Cathedral, both of where are absolutely beautiful! When we were here before, the cathedral was being renovated and restored, covered in scaffolding, so it was nice to be able to come back and see it in all of its majesty! Mexican cathedrals are some of the most beautiful places of worship that you will find anywhere.
While visiting Guadalajara, you can also enjoy a variety of tours or rides through the city, whether on a tour bus shaped like a sailing ship, or a horseless carriage! There are also traditional horse drawn carriages that provide rides through town as well.
Before heading to another area of town, I went into Mercado Libertad - San Juan de Dios, one of Latin America’s largest indoor markets. This place has a ton of stalls that sell a variety of goods, from electronics to clothing, accessories to toys, or produce and meats. The whole facility felt like a maze that could be easy to get lost in, and it offers multiple floors worth of merchants to visit. There are also a large number of eateries inside of the market that had tons of great smells! Had it not been for having lunch just a bit before, I would have tried some of these places as there were a ton of options to try.
After finding my way back toward the plaza of Hospicio Cabañas, it was time to continue the exploration of Guadalajara, and the quest for some Guadalajara roller coasters!
See more of the 2018 Mexico Trip:
1: The Journey South / 2: A Day in Monterrey / 3: More Mexican Coasters / 4: Exploring Guadalajara /
5: Looking for Guadalajara Coasters / 6: Selva Magica / 7: A Night of Lucha Libre / 8: Cancun / 9: Back to Mexico City /
10: Día de los Muertos Parade / 11: La Feria Chapultepec Magico / 12: Six Flags Mexico / 13: ¡Kataplum! /
14: Día de los Muertos in Mixqic