A Modern City with Old
Guadalajara culture.. experience it first hand. Every Mexican city, town
or village has something special
that sets it apart from all
This is what makes exploring Mexico so much fun.
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Guadalajara culture is no different and offers many fascinating
sights, smells and new sensations and old traditions for you to
If you've never been to Guadalajara then you are in for
a very culturally rich experience.
Guadalajara has deep roots and the city has never forgotten its past.
You'll notice this from the bright and colorful traditional dresses of
the Ballet Folklorico dancers, delicious traditional cuisine to the
unique music of the popular mariachi and even the devotion to the
Patron Saint of Guadalajara.
Guadalajara is a modern city, with many modern conveniences like
Walmart, Sam's Club as well as many chain restaurants, however, you'll
still find many open air markets, street vendors, taco and torta stands
and much more scattered throughout the city.
The residents of Guadalajara know where they come from and there is a
very strong sense of pride in their voice when they call themselves
"Tapatios." A Tapatio, is something or someone from Guadalajara.
It's definitely an experience to visit and you get a great chance
to experience the unique Guadalajara culture.
Mission Style Church "El Santuario"
When I first arrived in Guadalajara, I couldn't help but be impressed
with how polite people are. The Mexican culture, in general is very
respectful and at times quite formal.
I've found this to be true especially in social situations.
A little "Buenos dias," (in the am)
and a smile can really go a
long way, even if you are not very familiar with the Spanish language.
Whenever entering stores or businesses or when you make eye
contact with people, it's nice to greet them by saying,
"Buenos dias," (which is good morning) in the morning and
"Buenas tardes," (good afternoon) in the afternoon.
When you take a stroll through the downtown district
forget to check out this
Guadalajara, Mexico vacations walking tour)
and even scattered
parts of the city, you'll notice the influence of Spanish flavor in the
beautiful colonial architecture and mission style churches.
You'll discover that the city of Guadalajara is very modern and full of
many fashion forward teens and young adults who, of course, want to keep
up with the latest trends and styles of the world.
While you won't see many people wearing the traditional Mexican clothes
of long ago you can still see hints of it throughout the city.
If you want to purchase traditional items
you're sure to find
them in one of Guadalajara's large markets like "San Juan de Dios."
It is an older market where you can buy anything from custom belts,
panchos, sombreros to traditional Mexican embroidered shirts
dresses and so much more.
Traditional foods in
outdoor open air
Guadalajara culture is also full of delicious, savory dishes that
are specific to the state of Jalisco (which Guadalajara is the capital
Check out some popular food stops recommended by other
A dish that I've yet to try is something called "Birria," which is a
hearty stew made of goat's meat, tomato sauce and other spices.
It is topped with fresh, chopped onions, a sprinkle of lime and eaten
with homemade, white corn tortillas. Is your mouth watering yet?
Another old time favorite is called the torta ahogada,
which is delicious pork meat cooked to perfection and served
"sandwich style," on a hunk of crusty bread.
This special sandwich is topped with onions and refried beans and
literally sits in a shallow pool of special tomato sauce and seasoning,
hence the "drowned" name.
This is best enjoyed with spoon in hand to scoop up some of that sauce.
Read more about the tasty
restaurants in Guadalajara, along with my favorite that serves
those deliciously famous tortas.
Religion in Guadalajara
Since a large percentage of Guadalajara citizens are Catholic, there is
an overwhelming display of love and devotion
to the Patron Saint
of Guadalajara; lovingly nicknamed "La Generala" (the general).
The Virgin of Zapopan, which is her rightful name, even has her own
celebration every year to commemorate visits to the local churches of
Read more about the Virgin of
her lively celebration and just how important she is to her
How can we talk about Guadalajara culture without mentioning the arts of
painting, dance and music.
Guadalajara has much for you to appreciate such as beautiful Mexican Murals,
throughout the city. Quite a few are by
Jalisco native and famous muralist Jose Clemente Orozco.
peek at a few of my favorites.
Dance in Guadalajara is also very famous and popular worldwide.. and
you've probably heard of one of them called the "Mexican Hat
however in Spanish it is called "Jarabe Tapatio."
This dance originated in Jalisco and is very popular.
The Ballet Folklorico in every state perform this dance and it was
honored as being Mexico's National Dance.
When you think of Mariachi.. you immediately picture men in their
elaborate costumes and sombreros singing lovely ballads to beautiful
Jalisco is home to the Mariachi and Guadalajara and even
hosts a worldwide Mariachi festival every year in September.
What makes the Mariachi so special
is that not only did they
originate from Jalisco, but they can only be considered a true
"Mariachi" if they dress and use the same song style as that of Jalisco.
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