Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco, a state in Mexico. It is located in the western-pacific area of the country, and is Mexico’s second most populated municipality, following Mexico City. This city is the cultural centre of Mexico. It is host to several annual cultural events that include the International Film Festival of Guadalajara and the Guadalajara International Book Fair. Guadalajara is believed to be where Mariachi music began.
Guadalajara’s economy is based upon tourism, industry, information technology, shoes, manufacturing, textiles, and food processing. Nicknamed the ‘Silicon Valley of Mexico,’ Guadalajara is Mexico’s main producer of software, electronics, and digital components. IT companies with office space and other facilities in the city include General Electric, IBM, Intel Corporation, Freescale Semiconductor, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens, Flextronics, Oracle, TCS, and Jabil Circuit.
Entertainment And Dining Out
There are many things to see and do in Guadalajara. Many of the historic landmarks of the city are located in Centro Historico. One of these landmarks is Guadalajara Cathedral, which dates from the mid 1500s. The cathedral’s architecture is an eclectic mix of Gothic, Neoclassical, and Palladian. A unique opportunity is to visit Glorieta Chapalita on a Sunday, for the neighbourhood local artist’s show and local dog parade. Another option is the Guadalajara Zoo, which offers animals, a safari ride, and fabulous views of the Barranca de Oblatos. There are many dining options in Guadalajara, include Goa, La Rinconada – where you will find traditional Mexican cuisine and live Mariachi performances, La Chata, Fonda San Miguel, El Sacromonte, and TlaquePasta.
Libertador Miguel Hidalgo International Airport is located south of the city along the Guadalajara-Chapala Highway. Getting around Guadalajara can be done by bus, metro, taxi, or walking the contained central district of the city.