Shopping for Mexican folk art is an experience like none other. Guadalajara city and the surrounding area is filled with talented artists along with their families that make their living off of selling their beautiful handcrafted and unique creations.
If you would like to find some of the most beautiful Mexican arts and crafts then two of the best towns to do your shopping are in Tlaquepaque (pronounced La-ke-pa-ke), and Tonalá, which are only a cab ride away.
If you really want to make the best of your shopping adventure in Guadalajara, I'd like to suggest that you start your day early.
Please remember, that if you go during the months of April to August it can get very hot! At least when it isn't raining. The rainy season is from May to August. Read more about Guadalajara weather and how to fully prepare for your trip.
I recommend taking a siesta during the hot hours (11am to 4pm) or at least stay in a nice cool place so you won't overheat.
If you do decide to go when it's hot, just be sure to seek out shady spots to cool you down. It's very strange but all you need is a few moments in the shade and you really feel the difference in the temperature.
You might want to follow these tips.. at least until you get adjusted to the climate.
If you are feeling more adventurous and think you're up for the sun, please be sure to read up on some tips to stay sunburn free and cool.
Photo courtesy of Lic. Iván Llamas
Okay, now that we have that written... back to shopping!
Tlaquepaque is just as they say, "A town with magic," and considered "the capital of crafts in Mexico." If you are on the hunt for some beautiful Mexican folk art then this needs to be on the top of your list.
This little town is indeed "A town of artists," and so worth a visit. Have a shopping experience like none other in a real outdoor open air market.