|Destination Airport IATA Code||GDL|
|Destination City Name||Guadalajara|
More relaxed than the capital, Mexico’s second city is a colonial masterpiece. The home of Mariachi music is, in many ways, the most Mexican of cities. There’s a wealth of museums, hip suburbs and an exciting culinary scene to explore.
Sitting on a mile-wide plateau on the Sierra Madre Occidental, Guadalajara’s high altitude spares it from the worst of the scorching Mexican sun and it’s generally considered to have one of the world’s most pleasant climates.
Average temperatures sit firmly in the high 70s to mid 90s all year round, with only a short rainy season from June through to September. These rains tend to be in short and dramatic bursts, with the sun never too far away.
From October through to December, it’s dry and warm and also the festival period in the city, so it’s a popular time to visit. Flights and accommodation may be more expensive at this time than between January and May, which is another great time of year to visit.
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Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport is the main commercial airport in the city. Named after the father of Mexican independence, it handles around 12 million passengers every year and is located just 10 miles from the city center.
While there are buses, it is often more convenient to take a cab from the airport. Always use the official taxi companies who operate fixed rates to certain parts of the city – pay up front at the counter in the terminal. A journey to the city center or main suburban areas will cost between $12 and $18, depending on your exact destination. It takes about 30 minutes but the traffic may slow you down
There are regular bargain flights to Guadalajara from US destinations with a number of major carriers.
The black and yellow taxis are everywhere in the city, either sitting at established ranks or ready to be flagged down. As always in Mexico, ask the driver if they use the taxi meter or establish a price for your journey before heading off.
Dozens of bus routes traverse the city, you just need to look in the front window to see where they’re going. There’s no timetable as such, you just have to wait for the next one, but they run regularly on most routes. Journeys are very cheap and drivers will only give you change within limits, so try and carry small coins and notes with you.
There is also a simple subway network with two lines running north-south and east-west.
La Barranca, as the locals know it, is a vast 600-meter deep canyon carved by the Rio Grande de Santiago, forming the northern border of the city. It’s worth making the effort to get up early and get there for sunrise, which is often spectacular.
San Juan de Dios is the largest indoor market in Latin America. This sprawling hub of commercial activity houses almost three thousand market stalls. Colorful textiles, cowboy attire, and handicrafts are mixed in with a huge food section and a dizzying array of places to eat.
Mostly centered around four main squares, including the Plaza de Armas, the historic center is awash with colonial splendor. The colossal cathedral is a real highlight and sits majestically in the middle of four atmospheric squares.
Guadalajara runs on Central Daylight Time (CDT) but changes to Daylight Savings Time (DST) in the summer months from April to October.
US citizens do not require a visa for a visit to Mexico, as long as they have a passport valid for the duration of their stay. You will need to complete an immigration form and keep this with you until you leave the country.
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