Enjoy the History of Guadalajara Through These Sightseeing Tours

Explore Guadalajaras history with these tours
Explore Guadalajara's history with these tours | © Foto Para Ti / Alamy Stock Photo
Culture Trip Travel Team

From the 17th-century barrios to the monuments at Plaza de la Liberacion, these sightseeing tours offer a firsthand look at Guadalajara’s history and culture.

Guadalajara was officially established in 1542, meaning the Mexican city is filled with culture and history. There’s the Hospicio Cabañas, which features 57 fresco murals by the political artist José Clemente Orozco, and the legendary landmarks and monuments in Guadalajara’s colonial downtown area. Even Lake Chapala (Lago de Chapala), while not traditionally a historical site, offers useful information that will lead to a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and an opportunity to learn about the ways nature has shaped the world of man. Culture Trip recommends these sightseeing tours below.


Start your experience from the pick up hotel, accompanied by a certified guide. Discover Chapala Lake, the largest lake in Mexico, and visit the old train station with French style (building finished around 1920). Relax in Ajijic, a magnificent place to enjoy the atmosphere of this magic town, named like this by the Mexican government, which makes it more interesting and unique.


We begin our tour walking through Guadalajara Historical Center, visiting the Cathedral, Degollado’s theater and finishing with the Hospicio Cabañas, from where we start our trip to Tlaquepaque village, known for their handcrafts, galleries, workshops and “El Parian” during our stay in downtown Tlaquepaque. We offer our tourists the experience of Mexican gastronomy in one of the main street restaurants, and the tour ends by visiting many candy stores, considered to sell some of the most delicious souvenirs.

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