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Why Fly to Guadalajara?
Guadalajara, Mexico is one of the country's most beautiful urban areas thanks to its well preserved colonial architecture and landmarks. The city is the capital of the central state of Jalisco and is Mexico's second-largest city after Mexico City. The metropolitan area is divided into a handful of distinct districts, many of which boast specialty shops, locally owned restaurants, markets, cafes and bars. Business travelers frequent Guadalajara thanks to its major role in the information technology industry. Culturally, the city is considered to be the home of Mariachi music, one of Mexico's most famous musical genres. Guadalajara's downtown is its oldest district and contains the bulk of its historic architecture. As with many Latin American cities, the urban center is home to many beautiful public squares and parks, including the Plazas of the Crosses, an assortment of four cross-shaped plazas that surround the centuries-old Guadalajara Cathedral. Bullfighting is still practiced in Guadalajara, and tourists wanting to catch the local tradition can see a match at the Plaza Nuevo Progreso, located near the zoo just north of downtown. Shoppers can buy luxury products at one of the city's shopping malls such as the mammoth Plaza Galerias, which claims more than 200 stores and two IMAX theaters. The city is also well known for its local arts scene. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco is internationally renowned, and Guadalajara International Book Fair is the largest Spanish-language book fair in the world. Tourists can frequently book Guadalajara discount hotels near the city's scenic center, while cheap flights can be found using Travelzoo's SuperSearch.
Which Airlines Fly to Guadalajara?
The Guadalajara International Airport serves the Guadalajara region. It's the third busiest airport in Mexico. Many domestic carriers offer direct flights from select U.S. cities. You can search for affordable airfare from Dallas on American Airlines and American Eagle, while Continental flies out of Houston. West Coasters can frequently buy low-priced plane tickets from Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose and other cities on Alaska Airlines and Delta, which also offers flights from Atlanta. US Airways also flies to Guadalajara. A few foreign carriers also fly from select U.S. cities. Travelers can compare flights from Chicago on Aeromexico and Volaris, which also flies out of Los Angeles, Oakland and San Jose.
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Quick Travel Guide to Guadalajara
Explore Guadalajara's rich colonial past by taking a trip to its plaza-filled downtown. Here, you can gaze upon the murals of artist Jose Clemente Orozco, which grace Jarisco's government center the Palacio de Gobierno. Or pay a visit to the Jalisco Regional Museum. The large institution contains 16 halls that exhibit paintings and archeological artifacts, including a complete mammoth skeleton. Head southeast of the Plaza Tapatia to the Mercado Libertad. The Mercado Libertad is one of the largest traditional markets in Mexico. Hundreds of vendors sell their wares, including food, pottery and textiles. Travelers can also grab a bite to eat here, sampling such local dishes as goat stew.
For live entertainment, venture to the Plaza de Mariachis. Located downtown, this square is features many restaurants that host live mariachi music in the evenings. Along the eastern side of the plaza is the Ex-Hospicio Cabanas, the present home of the Cabanas Cultural Institute, which features murals by Orozco. Nearby, you will find the Neoclassical-style Legislative Palace and the Palace of Justice.
Sports fans can catch a soccer match at the Estadio Jalisco. Located just northeast of downtown, the stadium hosts matches played by Atlas and Las Chivas, two prominent soccer teams. Or head south of downtown to the Parque Agua Azul. This urban green space plays host to a number of outdoor concerts and features a butterfly enclosure as well as an aviary.
Guadalajara is also home to several large shopping malls. Plaza Andares is a newer mall located in nearby Zapopan. The mall boasts high-end international retailers and designers like Hugo Boss, Valentino, Channel and Armani. Or catch a movie at Guadalajara's largest multiplex theater located at Plaza Galerias, the city's largest mall.
Foodies can enjoy local specialties throughout the city. For breakfast, try a dish of mollete, a toasted open-face French roll topped with refried beans, chorizo and cheese. For lunch, slurp down a bowl of hearty pozole, a pork stew made with hominy, cabbage, radish, onion and cilantro. As for drinks, head northwest to Zapopan for some of the best tequila in the region.
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