Enjoy the History of Guadalajara Through These Sightseeing Tours

Explore Guadalajara's history with these tours
Explore Guadalajara's history with these tours | © Foto Para Ti / Alamy Stock Photo

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.

ToursGuadalajara Downtown Walking Tour
From $36 per person
2 to 3 hours
5 (4)
As we walk through the city’s historic neighborhoods I’ll explain how political conflicts and historic events have shaped the urban and social landscape of the city until today. While interacting with the local community you’ll also get to discover the most iconic heritage buildings, public plazas, landmarks and artistic works of the city. By walking it will be possible to appreciate the process of architectonic development of the city in detail, from the popular barrios of the 17th century to the modern colonias established by American and European families in the early 20th century. After our tour you will have first-hand knowledge about the local history and culture of Guadalajara and Mexico. *This is a private tour, which means no groups! And we can go at your own pace.

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ToursMexican Muralism Cultural Tour in Guadalajara
From $60 per person
4 hours
5 (3)
Enjoy the architectural beauty and the historical and cultural significance of Guadalajara as you learn about Orozco and his murals on this half-day tour. Your tour includes transport and a professional guide.

A maximum of 6 people per booking
AdmissionGuadalajara and Tlaquepaque City Sightseeing Tour
From $55 per person
6 hours
4.2 (49)
View the magnificent architecture of Guadalajara and the beautiful handicrafts of Tlaquepaque! During your sightseeing tour, you’ll stop at important landmarks in Guadalajara’s historical downtown, full of colonial buildings like the main Cathedral and Teatro Degollado (Degollado Theater). Walk through the enormous Mercado Libertad (Liberty Market) before continuing by air-conditioned minivan to nearby Tlaquepaque, where you’ll have time to stroll the cobblestone streets and crafts market.
ToursChapala Lake and Ajijic Tour from Guadalajara
From $64 per person
6 hours
4.5 (31)
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.
ToursDowntown Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque Tour
From $56 per person
5 to 6 hours
5 (6)
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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