Day 81 July 7

Countries 11    Hotels 37    Cars 49

Flights 23:flying time 65.19 hours

Rickshaws 4    Buses 8    Elephant 1    Boat 14

Cog-wheel train 2    Cable cars 6    Subway 8    Ferry 2

Minibus 35    Coach 2    Catamaran 1    Funicular 3

Pick up truck 5    Land Cruiser 8    Hydrofoil 4

Llama 1    Cycle Taxi 1    Train 3    Motorised Canoe 9

Canoe 2    Sightseeing truck 1    Sightseeing bus 4

Golf cart taxi 2

Guadalajara, which is in the state of Jalisco, is Mexico’s second largest city. Tapatío is a Mexican/Spanish colloquial term for someone from  Guadalajara, it is also used as an adjective for anything associated with the city. Guadalajara’s many contributions to Mexican life include, mariachi music, tequila and the wide sombrero.

I got the hop on hop off sightseeing bus, as I only had today here I stayed on and did the whole circuit. The bus leaves from the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres,  a round pillared monument with twenty bronze statues celebrating the states favourite people, some are buried at the site.

The city has some interesting art and sculptures, which are quite diverse. Plenty of green space or areas for just sitting and chatting.

After the bus tour I walked around the Cathedral, twin towered, dating back to 1618, it’s almost as old as the city, and then I did the areas adjacent to it. There are some good examples of colonial buildings here.

I visited the Museo Regional de Guadalajara, the only decent exhibit was a skeleton of a giant woolly mammoth. They do like a plaza here, there are three surrounding the Cathedral, the Plaza de la Liberacion, Plaza de Armas and Plaza de Guadalajara.  All areas where people meet, to socialise, play or to have their shoes cleaned!

Mexicans must have the cleanest shoes, these little units are on most streets and in the plazas. I also saw them in Merida, and people do use them, if there wasn’t a person sitting in one having their shoes cleaned then the man, all the people I saw operating them were men, was either repairing or cleaning shoes.

Mexicans like a street food stall, street vendors are everywhere, on the streets, roads and outside peoples homes, some have seating where one can eat at the stall. I also saw a lot of fruit being sold as snacks, like the one I have photographed here.

I got back on the sightseeing bus for a trip around Tlaquepaque, the bus stopped here for thirty minutes.  The place is very colourful, the shops seem to be trying to out do each other with their displays and quirkiness, there’s some interesting street art and a beautiful mural.




I found a shop which has the Guinness world record for the most bottles of different tequilas.  Every wall of the shop is stacked with bottles of tequila, amazing.

When I got back to the centre of Guadalajara I just caught the last of a concert in the bandstand, a lovely end to a very tiring day.  I love Guadalajara.




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