Guadalajara is a strong business and economic center of the Bajio region, Mexico. It is also the country's major Mexican cultural center as it is considered as the home of the mariachi genre of music as well as the host to a number of cultural events. Recently, the city has become a popular medical tourism destination, especially since a huge number of Americans visit the city to get high-quality and low-cost medical treatments. The city boasts world-class hospitals that offer a wide range of medical treatments, including plastic surgery, pediatrics, orthopedics, and oncology. Almost every hospital within the city is equipped with the latest medical technologies, well-qualified doctors, and the highest level of hospitality.
As Mexico’s second-largest city, Guadalajara offers a wide range of attractions. Catedral de Guadalajara is one of the most eye-catching landmarks of the city, with its distinctive neo-Gothic towers and Spanish renaissance style and the cathedral is said to be almost as old as the city. The Expiatory Temple is also a must-visit; it is a religious structure built in a neo-Gothic style that will leave anyone in awe. Those who want to explore the city’s museums should visit Museo de Arte Huichol, Museo Nacional de la Cerámica, and Museo de las Artes. Each museum provides interesting exhibitions that will give its visitors a deeper understanding of Mexico. Tourists who wish to experience Guadalajara’s vibrant nightlife should go to Avenida Chapultepec, a busy avenue lined with bars where you can try salsa dancing, hula-hooping, or the Mexican folk dance.
Guadalajara International Airport is located 16 km away from the city center. It serves domestic and international flights to many parts of Mexico and the United States. The city is well connected by public transportation, including macro-buses and metro buses. Taxis are available for anyone who wants to travel stress-free.
There are 67 countries listed in the visa waiver agreement, meaning citizens of these counties can stay in Mexico without a visa for up to 180 days. Other foreign nationals, including China and India, need to obtain a visa and the visa is valid for six months.
Guadalajara experiences a humid subtropical climate. The temperature stays warm all year, with an average of 19.5°C. However, the temperature can reach as high as 35°C in the months of April, May, and June. August is the wettest month of the year, while March is the driest.
- Local Currency: The official currency is the Mexican Peso. 1 USD converts to 19 MXN.
- Money & Payments: ATMs are easy to find around the city. Credit cards are accepted in most restaurants and large shops, but it is advisable to always carry a small amount of cash.
- Local Language: Spanish is the local and most widely spoken language, but many people speak and understand English.
- Local Culture and Religion: Roman Catholicism is the main religion in Guadalajara.
- Public holidays: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Revolution Day, Easter Day, and Mother’s Day are some of the major public holidays.