Guadalajara: The Pearl of The West

 Guadalajara, the Pearl of the West

The state capital of Jalisco and the second largest city in Mexico, Guadalajara is a colonial city that has much to offer visitors. Despite being a big city atmosphere is calmer than in Mexico City, mainly because it is more accessible to ordinary tourists.

The extent of Guadalajara is such that it extends to other municipalities that have been with this city conurbation. Thus, Zapopan and Tlaquepaque are municipalities that are in close range of the city.

If you are planning a historic visit will probably spend the whole day in the historic center of town. Here you will see several colonial-era buildings, like the murals of José Clemente Orozco, a painter born in this city and influenced the current muralist in Mexico. In front of the main square you will find the Cathedral of Guadalajara, a building whose construction began in 1560 and took 50 years to finish build. Inside is “The Assumption of the Virgin” by Baroque painter Esteban Murillo.

If you buy it, Guadalajara has the flea market (markets) of Mexico’s largest. The market of San Juan de Dios is one of the busiest markets of Guadalajara and you’ll find several products, from clothes to food at a good price.

As for food, Guadalajara not lose touch. Try out the rubbish, goat meat bathed in a sauce with many spices, or you can try the cakes drowned, which are bathed in hot sauce (note: in Mexico, cake refers to a type of sandwich made with roll) or you can try pozole, a stew made with pork or chicken, cabbage, radish, cilantro and onion.

Finally you have a stop on the Glorieta de la Minerva, where the statue of this goddess, symbol of the city.

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