A popular tourist spot might not seem like the best choice if you’re looking for silence and tranquility, but this beautiful neo-gothic church is large enough to offer visitors a quiet corner to reflect. Inside, the Catholic church contains huge and beautifully detailed stained-glass windows, Italian mosaics, and a peaceful inner courtyard.
A popular place to escape from the daily grind, the Barranca de Huentitán is situated in the northern portion of the city, near Guadalajara’s Zoo. Also known as the Barranca de Oblatos, the canyon has a depth of nearly 3,500 feet (1,067 meters) and an impressive biodiversity that attracts both national and international investigators. A great place for hiking, running, or simply taking in the views.
This stunning church in the heart of midtown Guadalajara offers the perfect environment for visitors looking to escape the mid-afternoon rush of the city. Formerly part of a convent, the interior of the church is splendidly decorated with detailed and colorful ceiling paintings and an ornate altar. The temple is famously the most requested church in the city for the celebration of weddings and baptisms, with a wait time of well over a year for services.
Widely prized for its serenity, this vast forest to the west of the city is a popular place to hike, bike, or ride a horse. The large forest contains varied plants and wildlife, fresh water, and thermal springs. This tranquil forest is also vital for the surrounding area, bolstering air quality throughout the state.
A local favorite for relaxing strolls, the Parque Metropolitano is also a great place to picnic, read, or sunbathe. On Sundays, the park comes alive with all manner of life, as dog walkers, loved-up couples, and families take to the park for some much-needed recreation and relaxation. This is the largest recreational park in the city, and entrance is free.
Parque Metropolitano, Beethoven 5800, La Estancia, Zapopan, Jalisco, +521 3336739489
This retreat center in northwest Guadalajara is open to anyone with an interest in Buddhist teachings or meditation. The organizers follow the principles of Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama. Founded in 2006, the center is maintained solely through the donations of students and visitors. Events, conferences, and retreats are run by the center throughout the year, and are publicized on its website.
Situated in the wealthy neighborhood of Providencia, the Parque Colomos is particularly popular with a young crowd of fitness and Instagram enthusiasts. A clean, safe, and orderly park, on weekends the location attracts Frisbee throwers, yoga practitioners, and even the occasional wedding. The highlight is without doubt the Japanese garden and turtle inhabited ponds – you won’t find a better spot in Guadalajara for a breath of fresh air.
Parque Colomos, El Chaco 3200, Guadalajara, Jalisco, +521 3336413804
This tiny island can be reached by boat from the town of Mezcala de la Asunción, which nestles the shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest lake. The uninhabited island contains a small fortress and became famous as the site for several battles during the War of Independence. The destination is sacred to the indigenous Cocas, who are fighting to preserve their ancestral territory from property developers who are determined to move in.