Best Guadalajara Vacation Packages

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Ya Vas' travel tips for your trip to Guadalajara

Located in the Western Mexican state of Jalisco, Guadalajara is a cultural capital packed with lots of things to do. Whether it's sampling some of the best local drinks or exploring the historic architectural gems, a visit to Guadalajara is an excellent alternative to the typical beachside towns. Do something a bit different and check out the latest travel deals in Guadalajara.

Top things to do in Guadalajara

There is plenty here to keep you busy in Guadalajara, from activities within walking distance from your hotel to day trips to nearby attractions. Before you look for vacation deals in Guadalajara, take a look at the top things to do during your trip.

Take a trip to Tequila

The nearby town of Tequila is the birthplace of the namesake drink, and you shouldn't miss the chance to book a factory tour. Book a guided tour in advance, and you'll be taken directly from your hotel. Tours usually include a visit inside the factory together with refreshments and entertainment. Tequila is located around 55 km from Guadalajara, and the journey can take between 45 minutes and 2 hours, depending on your transportation.

Visit the weekly street market

Held in Avenida Chapultepec, the weekly street market, or tianguis, is a popular shopping hot spot for both locals and tourists. Every Saturday, you'll find a range of stalls selling freshly made local food, souvenirs, jewelry, and quality handmade products. The area is also filled with entertainers and performers between the stalls to keep you amused as you browse. Just remember to tip them if you stop to watch or take photos. This is a great place to indulge in the local culture, pick up souvenirs, and enjoy the bustling atmosphere.

Explore the Centro Histórico

The historical center in the Centro district is filled with beautiful places to explore. La Rotonda de Los Jaliscienses Ilustres is an iconic sight at the intersection between Fray Antonio Alcalde and Miguel Hidalgo. Teatro Degollado, home to the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, is another lovely building to visit. Don't miss Instituto Cultural Cabañas, a World Heritage Site, with its interesting neoclassical design. Booking a walking tour to explore the area will give you a much better understanding of the buildings here. Check out all-inclusive packages to Guadalajara, where you can add such tours to your itinerary.

Book a tour to Guachimontones pyramids

A lesser-known ancient site compared to the famous Chichen Itza, Guachimontones pyramids are an interesting alternative archeological site to explore. Unlike others found in Mexico, the pyramids are circular, and you can find out more about their origin at the small museum on site. Guachimontones is located in Teuchitlán, which is around an hour from Guadalajara. You can book the trip as part of a tour visiting other tourist sights or as a single trip. You could even make your own way by navigating the local buses; however, you usually get the best when visiting with a guide who provides expert knowledge during your tour.

Visit the Michin Guadalajara Aquarium

A fun attraction in Guadalajara, especially for families, the Aquarium offers educational activities and exhibits whilst promoting aquatic biodiversity protection and conservation. There is a variety of ocean life to see and hands-on experiences for visitors to enjoy. There is also a small farm with animals and birds to see during your visit too. Find the aquarium next to the mayor park on Calle Mariano Barcena.

Staying in Guadalajara

Tourists tend to stay in one of the three most popular neighborhoods, depending on what type of experience they are looking for. Centro is the neighborhood with the most popular attractions and great for those who want the historic churches and castles on their doorstep. If it is nightlife that interests you the most, Zapopan might be the place for you. There is plenty to keep you entertained with bars and cantinas found in downtown and fashionable nightclubs and restaurants. For a more cultural experience, the old town neighborhood of Tlaquepaque might be where you want to be. In this authentic neighborhood, you will find local arts and crafts and traditional food to give you a real flavor of Guadalajara. Ya Vas helps you find the best flight and hotel deals to get the right place to stay for you.

Getting around

Most of Guadalajara's main attractions are close together, so the best way to get around is on foot. The streets are easy to travel around, and you will discover interesting architecture and sights by just taking the time to walk. Buses are also a good transport mode for getting around town, with the Macrobús being popular with travelers and locals alike. It is a cheap way to travel to most places of interest. Just remember that you will need exact change to pay the driver. You can also purchase a travel card if you plan to use the Macrobús frequently. Taxis are a convenient choice and can be picked up at the downtown taxi rank. Alternatively, you can use Uber in Guadalajara, too.

Guadalajara Airport information

Guadalajara airport (GDL) is a one-terminal airport that serves the city and surrounding area. Amenities here include ATM, currency exchange, shops and restaurants, and duty-free shopping. By taxi, the airport is just 30 minutes away from downtown Guadalajara, and this is the most convenient way to travel once you arrive. Buses are cheaper, run often and still offer a direct service, only taking around 5 minutes more than traveling by taxi. If you are traveling in a group, shuttle services can be booked in advance and your transport will be waiting for you when you leave the terminal building. When booking your vacation package, look out for discounts on flights and accommodations with Ya Vas.

Best time to travel

The most exciting time to visit Guadalajara is October to November, when the weather is dry, and the calendar is full of bright festivals. The warm days and cool nights of January to May are another great choice. June to September is the rainy season; however, the weather is warm, and you can still enjoy visiting the top tourist sights and enjoying the nightlife. Cheap flights and hotel packages are available year-round with Ya Vas so it's easy to choose the best time of the year to suit you. 

Booking your Guadalajara vacation

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