We had never thought of going to Guadalajara but we read very good comments and because the city is known as the gayest city in Mexico, that aroused our curiosity and yes, it's really worth the visit.
Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico, known as the land of mariachi and tequila. It has an impressive historic center, with many colonial squares.
Guadalajara is spread over areas. In our opinion the best areas to stay are the historic center or in Colonia Americana, which was where we rented an Airbnb. We decided to stay out of the historic center because by night it's half empty, while the Americana area is full of day and night life and you can easily walk to the historic area by day. We stayed in an apartment on Avenida Chapulpetec, an avenue full of day and night life. We can say that there are so many people at night that it's difficult to find a place to dine. If you want to go for a drink, the bars are full of lively and friendly residents. We guarantee that the party is very loud and noisy with large groups together in the bars.
We arrived in Guadalajara from a domestic flight from Cancun. We flew by Viva Aerobus which was very good and almost alone on the plane: we were only 7 people.
To get around the city we walked, used Uber and Cabify, they are safe and reliable. We walked a lot and in areas where nobody is seen and we never felt any fear or threat. We're tall guys and very different from the residents and most tourists that the city had, since we were one of the few europeans who circulated in the city, so we stood out. Most of the tourists who visit Guadalajara are domestic or from other countries in Latin America.
What to visit in Guadalajara (we did everything on foot and mostly in the historic center):
- Templo Expiatorio
- Revolution Park
- Plaza Guadalajara
- Plaza de Armas
- Government Palace
- Teatro Degollado
- Morelos Park
- Plaza Mariachis
- Avenida Chapultepec
What we're referring to is a small summary, but walking through the historic center you'll find on every corner something with a lot of history and that will surprise you.
Guadalajara has lots of gay bars and clubs, most are in the historic center. If you're not staying nearby, we advise you to go with Uber or Cabify. We didn't get to go to any specific one, but all the spaces on Avenida Chapultepec are very gay friendly, many make a point of having announced that everyone is welcome and in any bar or restaurant, you'll find gay people and straight all togheter.
It was one of the places that most impressed us for its beauty. If you're in Guadalajara you really have to go to Tlaquepaque.
Tlaquepaque is about 15 minutes by car (Uber or Cabify) from downtown Guadalajara. It's an artistic city full of crafts. There are so many colors on the streets that you don't even know where to look. There are practically two or three streets full of painted houses, with handicrafts, restaurants very well decorated with pieces made by the locals and the mariachis end up giving the final touch so you don't want to leave. It was the place where we found the clay pieces and others at the best price, really cheap. Visit Mercado Benito Juárez, go up to the 2nd floor and there's a huge variety of pieces at very low prices.
To orient yourself a little better in what to see, you have to visit the historic center, the Parroquia de San Pedro Apostol, the Hidalgo Garden and Calle Independencia.