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The Neighborhoods of Guadalajara

Guadalajara is a very large place with a number of distinct definitions. The Guadalajara Metropolitan Rone (ZMG Zona Metropolitana de Guadalajara) is comprised of 10 municipalities that have grown into the second largest metropolitan area in the country. Within those municipalities, there are hundreds of individual neighborhoods or colonias as they are locally known. This …

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Guadalajara to Manzanillo: How to get to Manzanillo, Colima

Thinking about a trip to Manzanillo, Colima? Manzanillo, Colima is an under-the-radar destination for most English-speaking travelers. Colima is the name of a small state and the capital city located 200 km south of Guadalajara. The beach town and major international port of Manzanillo is just a little bit further at 300km from Guadalajara. It …

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Some Thoughts on Living in Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara is a marvelous town with an excellent quality of life. It is a big city that feels a lot smaller than the census reveals. The economy is strong, the population is cultured, and people love living here. They come from all over Mexico to study, and many decide to stay. Recently, more international immigrants …

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Tequila from Guadalajara: The Best Transportation and Things to do

Tequila, Jalisco is one of Mexico’s premier destinations. The vast majority of visitors will come through Guadalajara on their way to the agave fields. There are a lot of different adventures and a lot of different ways to get to Tequila from Guadalajara. These are my favorites. Before the drink and before the town, there …

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The Best Sushi Restaurants in Guadalajara, Mexico

The sushi options in Guadalajara are vast and diverse. There are Japanese people serving expensive imported fish in a Japanese style. Originally, however, Mexican chefs adapted the traditional recipes to meet the tastes of the developing Mexican market. The sushi in Guadalajara represents a number of different styles including both traditional, modern, and something in …

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The Best Food Courts in Guadalajara

Guadalajara has a marvelous food culture. The combination of contemporary and traditional options means there is something for everyone. One of the best reasons for eating in a food court is the ability to taste a number of different styles of food. Before buying anything, make it a point to cruise the entire market to …

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Mexico Waves: An Intro to Surfing in Mexico

It is no surprise that Mexico is such an established surfing destination. Surfing in Mexico has had an allure since the 1960s. Mexico has always had a close relationship with Southern California and all it took was a few stories of ideal Mexico waves with nobody out to create the modern Mexican surf mythology. Surfing …

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Speaking Spanish in California

The Spanish-speaking community in California has a very complex dynamic. There are so many different experiences that it can be difficult to choose who to speak Spanish with and who to speak English with. A wave of nativism has made Spanish speakers analyze the perception of their language and plan accordingly. I value the diversity …

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Aceites Esenciales en Guadalajara

¿Donde es el mejor lugar para comprar aceites esenciales en Guadalajara? Tengo muchos años consumiendo aceites esenciales pero hasta que llegué a vivir a Guadalajara los hice una parte fundamental de mi vida, esto quiere decir que los uso todos los días y los amo. Encontré una comunidad preocupada por la salud y el bienestar …

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The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Guadalajara, Mexico

Finding great breakfasts in Guadalajara is not that hard. The city has a great mix of classic Mexican fare as well as some excellent international options. Just be aware that actually getting a great breakfast can be chaotic. It is important to remember that Guadalajara is a huge metropolitan area and many of the best …

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The Coolest Things to Do in Guadalajara, Jalisco

Guadalajara is known as a huge Pueblo, or as the song goes, it has the soul of the provinces. Even though it is Mexico’s second City there is little comparison with the sheer size of Mexico City (CDMX). That being said, there are still a ton of cool things to do in Guadalajara and the …

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Colima Sea Salt from the Cuyutlan Lagoon

One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling to small towns in Mexico is learning about regional food culture. Sure, there is a lot of industrial agriculture feeding the cities but the pueblos maintain an ancestral connection with the land. There is a combination of ingredients and techniques that preserve centuries of tradition. The Colima …

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A Guide to Visiting San Pedro Tlaquepaque Jalisco

Tlaquepaque, Jalisco is one of Mexico’s premium tourist destinations because of a culture of artisanry, hospitality, and old-world charm. Many people consider Tlaquepaque to be a wonderful side trip from Guadalajara, but Tlaquepaque itself is a world-class destination and designated Pueblo Mágico by the Mexican Secretary of Tourism. The last group of friends that I …

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A Tour of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Cathedral

The Guadalajara Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the most representative and easily identifiable buildings in the State of Jalisco. The gothic bell towers have been incorporated into the logos of many local businesses like Farmacía Guadalajara and the public taxi service. The church has a long history dating back to the 16th century but subsequent …

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The Best Quality Souvenirs from Mexico and Where to Find Them

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a big shopper but when I am in Mexico I can go a little overboard. It is the same way my wife feels about going to the United States. We are interested in things that are hard to acquire in our home countries and sometimes it is about availability …

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Puerto Vallarta Beaches in the Banderas Bay

The name Puerto Vallarta is synonymous with the beach for good reason. Mexico is a world-famous destination and Puerto Vallarta helped to garner much of that attention due to the diversity of saltwater playgrounds. There are a lot of options and I think you should explore the Puerto Vallarta beaches along the entire Banderas Bay. …

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