Guadalajara

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The Agua Azul Park

This park is steeped in tradition and its history goes back to the end of the 19th Century. It's a place for experiencing nature within its 16 hectares of grounds. The park features a butterfly house, aviary, orchid garden, exhibition hall and more.


Rehilete Alcalde Park

Featuring a monumental fountain in the shape of a five-level waterfall. The park offers carnival rides, go-karts, a tourist train and an artificial lake.


Selva Mágica (Magic Forest)

This amusement park for children has over 35 rides, a marine park and a bird show.


Zoo

One of the best and most modern zoos in Mexico, it hosts a reptile house and dolphin aquarium, scenic train, two aviaries, restaurants, and an auditorium, along with many other interesting features.


Mariachis and Rodeo

Jalisco is the home of mariachi music, which has become so popular that it is now associated with Mexico worldwide. Groups are made up of five or more members who play trumpets and violins, wearing elegant suits and embroidered sombreros. When you see them arriving, the party is about to begin.

The charrería, or rodeo, is a festival that brings together showmanship, mastery and challenges, as performers bravely subdue large animals. This artistry is also demonstrated in the attire worn by the performers. These events are held in special plazas called lienzos.


Culture

History - The word Guadalajara comes from Arabic, "Wad-al-hidjara", meaning "water that runs through rocks".
It got its name from the birthplace of Nuño Beltrán de Guzmán, a conquistador of the region, who, seeking a larger and more important conquest than Hernán Cortés, explored and conquered northern Mexico and the southern United States. Guadalajara was founded four times. First, in Nochistlán in 1535, today a city found in the state of Zacatecas. The following year, it was moved to the town of Tonalá. Guadalajara was founded for a third time in 1539, after a great battle between indigenous people and the Spanish on the hill of Mixtón, where the famous Spaniard Pedro de Alvarado was killed.

After this, Doña Beatriz Hernández brought 64 families to the Atemajac Valley. On the banks of the San Juan de Dios River, Guadalajara was founded for the last time on February 14, 1542, under the royal dispatch of Carlos V, at the place where the Degollado Theater stands today.
The city was the capital of the kingdom of Nueva Galicia, which stretched all the way to what is today San Francisco, California.


Guadalajara represents all that is Mexican, with its impressive historical buildings, the typical Mariachis, its rodeos, handicrafts and delicious dishes: manchamanteles, birria de carnero (slow-steamed lamb) and pozole rojo. Don't forget to visit the Cathedral, Degollado Theater and the Cabañas Cultural Institute, or simply go shopping, enjoy the nightlife, play golf or tennis.

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