Guadalajara, Mexico, is a cosmopolitan city with a rich history that is reflected in its ancient ruins and its colonial Spanish architectural monuments. The city has a wide assortment of museums, as well as lakes and other natural attractions. Orbitz.com is your source for great deals on flights to Guadalajara as well as hotel rooms and other travel needs.
Named for one of the heroes of Mexican independence, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport is located about ten miles away from central Guadalajara. This airport was built in 1966, and it is Mexico�s third-busiest airport. Its formal address is Carretera Guadalajara Chapala km 17.5, Municipio de Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco.
Whether you booked your car via Orbitz.com or you decide to rent one as soon as you arrive, you will be able to obtain a rental car from one of the thirteen car rental counters at the airport. You will also find taxis offering special, regular, and VIP service at fixed prices ranging from 170 to 500 pesos depending upon the type of service and which of the ten fare zones your actual destination is located. There is a shared taxi to the central bus station for 120 pesos.
The climate of Guadalajara is hot, with temperatures almost never dropping below the mid-40s Fahrenheit. These low temperatures and corresponding highs in the high 70s Fahrenheit occur in December, January, and February, which are also quite dry, as are March and November, when temperatures are a bit higher. The hottest months in Guadalajara are April and May, when temperatures reach the high 80s and low 90s Fahrenheit with lows in the 50s Fahrenheit, and the wettest month is July, when average precipitation is more than ten times the norm for the drier months. June, August, and September are also quite rainy, so make sure to bring an umbrella from June to September, and always bring sunscreen as the sun shines brightly in Guadalajara throughout the year.
The ruins of Teuchitlan are among the major historical sites in Guadalajara. This site consists of the remnants of an ancient city that was located on the site long before the Spanish arrived in Mexico, and it features a particularly interesting round pyramid. Visitors who are interested in ancient history will enjoy traveling about forty-five minutes outside the city to the Guachimontones Pyramids, which date back to about 2,000 years ago and now comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More recent history, namely that of the Spanish colonial era, is represented by several churches and palaces, of which the eighteenth-century Palacio de Gobierno is a fine example. This former governmental headquarters houses murals by the famed artist Jose Clemente Orozco. Those who prefer natural attractions will find Lake Chapala and its beautiful sunsets to their liking, and Parque Chapalita features great local cuisine as well as works of art by local artists. Bosque de Primavera is a forest that is also among the top natural attractions in Guadalajara.
Guadalajara offers everything from museums and architectural monuments to theme parks and a canyon. When you take advantage of the great prices on Orbitz.com for flights to Guadalajara as well as rental car and hotel packages, you�ll save money, and you�ll also be able to enjoy a carefree vacation knowing that you have booked everything you need in advance.
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