Private walking tour of Guadalajara

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My name is Diego. I have a bachelor's degree in tourism and a master in social studies from the University of Guadalajara. I created this tour to introduce visitors to the history, culture and architecture of Guadalajara, my home city. Walking in the city's historic barrios, plazas and markets, you will discover its unique personality while learning how historical events have shaped its urban and social landscape throughout the centuries. You will also discover Guadalajara's fundamental landmarks, including: 1. The Cathedral 2. Hospicio Cabañas (home to the murals of Jose Clemente Orozco) 3. Mercado Libertad (the biggest indoor market in Latin America) 4. Chapultepec cultural corridor. Whether a family with children, a couple, a group of friends or a solo traveler, my tours are highly flexible/adaptable to meet your specific interests. By the end of our private walking tour (no groups!), you will have a wider understanding of Guadalajara and Mexico's past and present.

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We will begin with a walk in Colonia Americana: the first modern neighborhood in the city which was established by American and European families in the early 1900s. Nowadays, the area is locally known for its eclectic architecture and its hip/vibrant lifestyle.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Expiatory Temple

This majestic neo-gothic Catholic church will allow us to discover the history of the city's religious conflicts, which are intrinsically linked to the cultural and economic influence of the US in Mexico. I will explain everything in detail as part of the tour.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Guadalajara Cathedral

This spectacular 16th-century renaissance Cathedral is the most emblematic religious site of Western Mexico. I will tell you its most interesting secrets! We will also visit the four surrounding marvellous plazas where you will be impressed by the beauty of the novo-hispanic, baroque, art nouveau, and neoclassical architecture.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Teatro Degollado

We will visit the 19th-century neoclassical Degollado Teather and its sorrounding plazas and churches. The visit to the theather's interior depends on the COVID-19 restrictions.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Mercado Libertad

This is the biggest indoor market in Latin America and the ultimate food and shopping paradise. Here you'll get to admire the vast diversity of souvenirs, handicrafts and products while interacting with the local vendors.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Instituto Cultural Cabanas

This UNESCO Heritage Site (closed on Mondays) is home to the astonishing murals of Clemente Orozco, one of Mexico's three greatest muralists alongside Diego Rivera and David Siqueiros (I won't go inside the museum with you, they have their own UNESCO-certified guides). The spectacular 19th-century neoclassical building was used as an orphanage until 1980 and is now one of the most prestigious cultural centers in Latin America.

Duration: 45 minutes
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