Great Venues to Watch Charrería in Guadalajara

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Mexico’s national sport, and a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since December 2016, charrería is all about skilled horsemanship, bravery, and pride. There are almost 80 lienzos charros (rodeo- or bullring-like arenas where charrería is performed) in the state of Jalisco, with some of the most prominent in Guadalajara. Here are the best.

Lienzo Charro Ignacio Zermeño Padilla

Lienzo Zermeño is one of the best-known places for charrería in Guadalajara and its round walls are easy to identify in a traditional and peaceful neighborhood. This venue not only hosts the charrería but also weddings, big parties, and social events.

Lienzo Charro Ignacio Zermeño Padilla, Calle Diagonal Manuel Cambre 1963, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, +52 33 3826 5588

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Campo Charro Jalisco

Traditional Mexican horsemanship competitions take place every year at Campo Charro Jalisco to select the finalist for the national championship, this venue also hosts the annual Día del Charro (Charro’s National Day) celebration every September 14.

Campo Charro Jalisco, Av Dr. Roberto Michel 577, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, +52 33 3619 0315

•El triunfo del verdadero hombre nace de las cenizas del error• #puropower#HdeT 💙

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Lienzo Charro Hacienda Santa María

This roofed venue is perfect for charreadas and lets the locals enjoy horsemanship events during the rainy season. It is located in Tlajomulco, one of Guadalajara’s municipalities and no more than an hour from the city center.

Lienzo Charro Hacienda Santa María, A San Miguel Cuyutlán 13, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco, Mexico

Lienzo Charro Nito Aceves

Known by some as the Charro’s Cathedral of the West, Nito Aceves features the Charros and the impeccably dressed Escaramuzas (the female team) proving their courage near the Cajititlán Lake, a beautiful natural environment perfect for the charrería.

:Lienzo Charro Nito Aceves, Paseo de Cajititlán, La Calera, Jalisco, Mexico, +52 55 4121 8541

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Lienzo Charro Jesús Jarero

East of the city in the Tonala municipality, this open arena offers a traditional color where the prints of the charros mounted on their horses in broad daylight are still visible. J. Jesús Jarero is probably not the most elegant place, but it is certainly original.

Llenzo Charro J. Jesús Jarero, Av. Tonaltecas 316, Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico, +52 33 1141 7154


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Arena VFG

Arena VFG—named after Vicente Fernández Gómez, a famous Mexican singer—is a forum for exhibitions, fairs, congresses, and sports exhibitions; its detachable lienzo charro hosts charrería. This arena can hold more than 15,000 people and is only five minutes from the airport of the city and 30 minutes from the historic center of Guadalajara.

Arena VFG, Carretera a Chapala km 20. La Calera, Jalisco, Mexico, +52 33 3284 1470