Guadalajara Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico)

Central view of the cathedralGuadalajara is an exciting state capital and known for its strong Mexican character and life style. It is also an extremely well organised city and those holidaying in Guadalajara will always remember Guadalajara's beauty and culture.

Much of life in Guadalajara follows many Mexican traditions, with local festivities, food, music and plenty of Tequila, which is produced nearby and enjoyed throughout the country.

The State Tourist Office is an excellent place to obtain tourist advice and travel tips about Guadalajara and Jalisco as a whole.

Another photo of the city's historic cathedral

Useful Contact Details

Easy to reach from either the Morelos or the Paseo Degollado, the State Tourist Office features a team of English-speaking staff.

Within walking distance of the State Tourist Office and just over three blocks to the east is the Guadalajara Tourist Information Booth, which can be found within the Palacio de Gobierno. Additional information booths are dotted around central Guadalajara and are particularly prevalent during the main festivals and peak season.

State Tourist Office
Address: Paseo Degollado 105 / Morelos 102, Guadalajara, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 33 3668 1600
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 20:00, Saturday and Sunday - 09:00 to 13:00

Guadalajara Tourist Information Booth
Address: Palacio de Gobierno, next to the Plaza de Armas and the Plaza de Liberación, Guadalajara, Mexico, MX
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:30 to 14:30 and 17:00 to 19:30, Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 to 12:30

Picture taken on the Zapopan Square

Language and Dialect

Spanish is the native language spoken by virtually everybody in Guadalajara and closely resembles Castilian Spanish, except Mexican's speak it with a different accent and have adopted some of their own unique words. Although locals who speak varying degrees of English are present in Guadalajara, many visitors find it extremely rewarding to try to communicate in Spanish and therefore bring a Spanish phrasebook. Here are a few examples of Spanish phrases.

Different view of Zapopan Square

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