Explore the City from Alborata Hotel Boutique
The best of the extraordinary Mexican culture is within your reach when you visit Guadalajara, Mexico. Birthplace of Tequila and Mariachi, it’s Mexico’s second largest city and one that has managed to perfectly blend culture, tradition and modernity, giving every visitor a wide range of experiences to remember.
Guadalajara Attractions Nearby the Hotel:
Glorieta Minerva: Designed by Joaquin Arias Mendez and Pedro Medina Guzman in 1950, the statue of Minerva is now one of the most popular meeting points in Guadalajara, although it wasn’t fully accepted in the beginning. The statue now represents justice, loyalty and wisdom of those who are born in the city.
Arcos de Vallarta: Designed by architect Aurelio Aceves, the Arcos de Vallarta (arches) were originally built to be at the entrance of the city. They are a neoclassic style monument, now illuminated at night, which provides a worth watching light show if you’re on the western side of Guadalajara.
Shopping Malls: Guadalajara is the city of the shopping malls and within a few minutes from the hotel you’ll find some of the best. Visit Plaza Mexico Shopping Mall on Mexico Avenue, at a 6-minute drive from the hotel, and explore clothing shops, department stores, restaurants, drugstores and more; La Gran Plaza, at an 8-minute drive from the hotel, is one of the most complete shopping malls in Guadalajara, with boutiques, department stores like Liverpool, Sears and Zara, restaurants and movie theaters.
Expo Guadalajara: The Expo Guadalajara is the city’s most important convention center, with capacity to receive up to 10,000 people in 32 spaces. It’s less than a 10-minute drive from the hotel, so arriving to the Expo Guadalajara will only take a short ride.
In Downtown Guadalajara:
If you visit Guadalajara, Mexico but you miss its Historic Center, were you in Guadalajara at all? From its precious Metropolitan Cathedral of neoclassic, gothic and baroque style, the Hospicio Cabañas decorated with murals by Jose Clemente Orozco, the Degollado Theater and the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres (where the Tapatio Tour starts daily), each spot in downtown Guadalajara is a beautiful manifestation of the city’s culture and history.
Cathedral of Guadalajara
Address: Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde 10, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal.
An icon of downtown Guadalajara, the Metropolitan Cathedral is a majestic architectural treasure that embellishes the area. Built over 400 years ago, with a stunning combination of gothic, baroque and neoclassical styles, with interiors that preserve paintings of artists such as Miguel Cabrera and Cristobal de Villalpando. It is surrounded by 4 squares that form a cross: the Plaza Guadalajara, Plaza de la Liberacion, Plaza de Armas and the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres.
Address: Cabañas 8, Las Fresas, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal.
The building that worked as a shelter for orphans from 1810 to 1980 is now a central piece of the cultural and artistic life of Guadalajara. Current venue of the Cabañas Cultural Institute, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997; its murals and ceilings are embellished with the work of muralist Jose Clemente Orozco, while as a museum it has exhibited the work of artists like Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Luis Cuevas, Yoko Ono and more. Nowadays is a School of Arts, with a cinema room named after filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.
Address: Degollado s/n, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal.
The Degollado Theater is Mexico’s oldest theater in operation. Its construction started in 1855 ordered by general Santos Degollado and its inauguration took place in 1866 with the play Lucia de Lammermoor, starred by Angela Peralta. Built in a neoclassic style, with a great influence from Italian theater. It is the current venue of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and the favorite place for cultural events, opera, ballet and local, national and international artists to perform.
Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres
Address: Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde 108, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal.
Located right next to the Cathedral, the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres is a beautiful neoclassic-style monument built in 1952 that honors some of the most famous people in the world of arts, literature, science and politics who were born in Jalisco. Among these characters are Jose Clemente Orozco, Maria Izquierdo, Consuelo Velazquez, Juan Jose Arreola and Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena.
Other Must-See Places:
Akron Stadium: Home to the Chivas of Guadalajara, inaugurated in 2010 as Omnilife Stadium. It has capacity of 49,000 people and was the venue for the 2011 Pan-American Games. If you really want to explore this stadium you can do it through a tour that will take you to the field and dressing rooms for $130.00 MXN. The general ticket to the Museum is $30.00 MXN.
Guadalajara Zoo: Inaugurated in 1988, the Guadalajara Zoo is one of the most important in Mexico and Latin America because of its extensive variety of species (392). It has aquarium, safari, jungle, herpetarium and more attractions for children and adults, in addition to restaurants, free Wi-Fi, panoramic train and more.
Panteon de Belem Museum (Cemetery): The Panteon de Belen is a place full of legends, considered a National Architectural Treasure. To explore it you can purchase day and night tours, given by a tour that will tell you the most popular legends of the ones that inhabit this cemetery.
The Magic Town of Tequila, joyful and colorful, is 69 km from Guadalajara and to get here you can ride the tourist train that leaves the capital city or book one of the many available tours. Since the XIX century, the production of tequila is the city’s main economic activity, so it’s no surprise that in its streets there are many tequila houses and museums dedicated to this drink, such as the National Museum of Tequila and the Los Abuelos Museum, where you will learn the whole process to produce this drink. Now that you’re in Tequila, don’t miss the Temple of Purisima Concepcion and the Municipal Palace!
Almost 58 km from Guadalajara is the Chapala Lake, Mexico’s largest lake and one of the main tourist treasures near the capital. Its home to a great biodiversity and to more than 40 species of fish and 80 of birds. Although swimming is not allowed in the Chapala Lake, there is a lengthy list of things to do, including skiing and sailing. Plus, in Chapala you can enjoy a horseback ride, bicycle rides, walks in the boardwalk or visits to the Los Alacranes Island.
Mazamitla is approximately 2 hours from Guadalajara and has become the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. With its spectacular mountain setting, cobblestoned streets and houses painted all white, it maintains a magical and very particular air for which has been considered a Magic Town since 2005. Its cabins are the favorite place to stay because of the unique and romantic ambience. On your visit to Mazamitla don’t miss the Parish of San Cristobal to admire its very noticeable Chinese influence and don’t forget to try the delicious typical cuisine, with desserts like the pumpkin candy and the cajetas.