Bosque Colomos

Hotels in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Guadalajara is quite a well-known city from an international standpoint.  This centrally located Mexican city is known to be a cultural centre and many believe it to be the home of mariachi music.  One thing is for sure when you plan your holiday to Guadalajara – you will have the opportunity to really experience the lively Mexican culture as well as some of the country's most beautiful natural sights.  The many hotels in Guadalajara and other holiday rentals ensure that visitors are made to feel right at home during their stay.

Outdoor activities and Guadalajara amusement

Once you have settled in to your Guadalajara hotel room, unpacked at least some of your bags and managed to freshen up, there is nothing better to do than to stretch your legs.  Take your first day to adjust to your surroundings, the wonderful warm weather and locate your nearest restaurants, shops and so on.

If you are looking for the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing stroll, make your way to Bosque Colomos.  This park is located within the metro area and is perfect for slow walks, jogging and letting the kids enjoy some much needed play time.

Forest of the Spring (Bosque de la Primavera) is an unstructured national forest.  As you bike or hike your way around, you will notice that everything has been left to grow naturally.  The air is wonderfully fresh thanks to all the greenery and you might even see some wildlife such as bobcats, deer, foxes and various species of birds.

Parque Mirador Independencia has a truly unique and breathtaking location.  From here you can enjoy several views including that of the Barranca de Oblatos canyon.

In terms of family entertainment, you will find several water parks perfect for those warm sunny days.  Tobolandia is a popular water park for families and the waters at Agua Caliente come from natural hot springs.

Selva Magica is a theme park with about 30 rides and, while you're at it, you can also visit the zoo nearby.  Las Botas Extraviadas is another theme park and is located close to a shopping mall.

More things to do in Guadalajara

If you're looking to experience the fascinating ancient history of the region then a trip to the Guachimontones Pyramids is a must.  If you travel by car, it will only take you approximately 45 minutes from the city.  If you choose to take the bus, the drive will take about 2 hours due to frequent stops.  Either way, planning is important so that you know what time to leave your Guadalajara accommodation in order to make it there with plenty of time to look around and explore.

Escultura La Estampida is a fantastic horse sculpture by Jorge de la Pena.  The sculpture is located on a roundabout in the city and stopping somewhere nearby for pictures is a must.  These majestic horses look best at sunset as they glisten in the warm glow of the sun.

Another must is a visit to the Plaza de la Liberacion.  The atmosphere in this old town area is wonderfully lively and it's certainly worthwhile taking a walk around and looking at some of the city's older buildings.

In terms of shopping, it's normally best to follow the lead of the locals.  There are likely to be several shops and shopping areas geared up for tourists but you may not find the best prices here.  For an all-round shopping experience, make your way to Mercado Libertad.  This popular flea market features local vendors that sell everything from fresh produce and meat to leather cowboy hats and boots.