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Guadalajara, Mexico
Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque City Sightseeing Tour

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Overview

Discover the astounding architecture of Guadalajara and the provincial charm of Tlaquepaque on a sightseeing tour. Admire legendary landmarks and historical monuments in Guadalajara’s colonial downtown, marveling at the majesty of the cathedral and the theater. Embrace the vibrant atmosphere of the grand market before journeying to the quaint, cobbled streets of Tlaquepaque to explore bespoke boutiques bursting with artisan treasures.
  • City sightseeing tour of Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque
  • Glimpse the colonial history and modern-day culture of downtown Guadalajara
  • View famous monuments at Plaza de la Liberacion (Liberation Square), such as the Degollado Theater
  • Discover the charming town of Tlaquepaque and its market of traditional Mexican handicrafts
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned minivan included
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Local professional billingual guide (English and Spanish)
Hotel pickup
Round transportation
Drop off in 3 points of your choice
Entrances to museums
Food and drinks

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10:00 AM
Pick up available at the hotels in the center of Guadalajara. If you are not staying in a hotel or if your hotel is outside the coverage area, we will tell you the closest meeting point to your place of stay. The Drop off will be in 3 different meeting point: expo zone, minerva zone, downtown zone.
Greet your guide at your hotel and climb aboard your air-conditioned minivan to begin your journey to Guadalajara’s historic downtown. Stop at the ambient Plaza de Armas and gaze at the majestic twin-towers of the cathedral. Hailed as one of the city’s most spectacular sights, the incredible structure harbors a richly embellished interior with Gothic vaults and prismatic stained glass windows.

Next, journey to Liberation Square, a scenic sprawl of charming colonial buildings shrouded in history. From here, visit the creative Instituto Cultural de Cabanas to witness another example of Guadalajara’s stunning architecture before exploring the museum of modernist murals within. Capture the essence of neo-classical splendor with a visit to the Degollado Theater before absorbing the authentic atmosphere of Plaza de la Rotonda. Listen to your knowledgeable guide as the story of the stunning sculptural monument within the square is revealed.

Afterward, immerse yourself in the convivial Mercado Libertad, an energetic and exuberant market considered to be one of Mexico’s biggest. Wander past colorful stalls that burst with diverse produce; see exotic fruits, handwoven rugs, scented candles, and beautiful flowers on the 2,600 stalls.

Return to the minivan to enjoy the scenic journey to Tlaquepaque, a charming provincial village 4 miles (7 km) southeast of Guadalajara. Relax and enjoy free time wandering the quaint, cobblestone streets, and admiring the picturesque architecture. Purchase an appetizing and authentic lunch from a local restaurant before visiting the village’s principal arts and crafts market, in which handmade pottery, woodcarvings, and leather items reign supreme.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Guadalajara Cathedral
We started the panoramic tour visiting the Minerva rotonda, a representative guardian of the city erected in the 50's. We will continue to the arcs of the old entrance to Guadalajara, these are neoclassical arcs of 20 meters high, we head to Chapultepec Avenue, a cultural corridor where we can appreciate one of the liveliest areas of Guadalajara, continuing our journey to Libertad street where we can travel towards the end of 1,800's and experience the most beautiful architecture of Guadalajara. We finish our panoramic tour with the architectural jewel that is the Expiatory temple, a building of Gothic architecture in the city. We begin with our pedestrian route through the well-known "Cruz de Plazas" of the Historic Downtown of Guadalajara, we will continue walking towards the Metropolitan Cathedral, a building that began its construction around 1560, one of the most characteristic and ancient of the city. Then we will go to the Government Palace where we will see murals by José Clemente Orozco and a small museum about the history of the state. We will walk Liberación Square and stop outside the Degollado Theater, home of the mariachi galas held in the city every September, then it's time to leave to Tlaquepaque.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
La Casa Historica de Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque is a town known for its galleries, stores, its historic house and restaurants, during our stay we can taste the food by your own in one of the restaurants of the Independencia walkway, which serve typical Mexican food and gourmet style, then we will visit the typical Mexican candy store which are always considered by tourists a very tasty souvenir. We conclude at the meeting point indicated by the guide and we undertake our return to Guadalajara.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that your wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Amigo Tours Mexico
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque City Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque City Sightseeing Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque City Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque City Sightseeing Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque City Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Highly recommend doing this tour as your first tour in GDL so that you get acquainted with the city." See review

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star-2
Better to go on your own.
Fior_A
, Mar 2022
The tour was short, it didn’t show parts of modern Guadalajara, I didn’t get to see the stadium. In Tlaquepaque we went to a sweet factory and then we got recommendations about places to eat, but nothing about art galleries or cultural information. I think I would have done it better on muy own. The driver was kind but the tour itself did not meet my expectation.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Amig@ We are very sorry that this experience has not been to your complete satisfaction, we take into account your comments to continue improving. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-2
We spent the first hour...
Calvin_B
, Feb 2022
We spent the first hour driving across the city to pick up one person and then another hour to drop him off. 2 hours of my time gone. The rest of the tour was nowhere near the money we paid. Give this one a pass.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Dear Amig@ Thank you for your comments. We are sorry for your inconvenience, it is important to point out that in a shared tour, pick ups will be made to other clients in other hotels, actually the time was much less but we understand that because of your inconvenience it could have seemed more. Perhaps a private service would be better for you, Amigo Tours would be happy to provide you with such a service on your next trip. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-4
Guadalajara...wonderful but be on alert
William_S
, Feb 2022
BE CAREFUL IN GUADALAJARA. MY IPHONEWAS STOLEN OUT OF MY HANDS BY TWO MOTORCYCLE THEIFS. !!Loved hearing the history and seeing the sites of Guadalajara. And our guide helped us know all the special places to visit. Great restaurant in Tlaquepaque recommended by the guide.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Dear Amig@ Thank you for your comments, the satisfaction of our customers is very important to us, we will follow up on what you tell us, to prevent it from happening again, we invite you to return soon to any of our destinations and show you that we have improved. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Very fun day!!
Liz_H
, Dec 2021
This company is super nice and accommodating! I originally scheduled the city tour of Guadalajara, but due to a lack of people on the group tour, they offered to switch me to the tour of Chapala and Ajijic. It was such an amazing day! Seeing Lake Chapala was absolutely breathtaking and I took some awesome pictures. Hector was my guide. He was so nice, friendly, and funny. Hector explained everything so well and answered all my questions. Just all around a great day. Highly recommend this tour/company!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Amig@ Thank you very much for your trust, the fact that you have lived a spectacular experience is the best reward for us. We are very happy to have been at your service. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Great day tour
Marco_C
, Jul 2021
Herman was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and he was extremely helpful. Herman's English was excellent and very easy to understand. I look to my tour those guys.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear Amig@ We are very happy to hear that you had a great experience. Thank you very much for your comments. We are at your service Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Great Tour
Tryphina
, Jul 2020
I attended this tour in July 2020, and I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it! My guide, Bernice, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and a good photographer :-) We saw a lot of beautiful landmarks and tasted great treats at different stops along the route. The driver was wonderful as well. He kept the van clean and was very consistent about providing hand sanitizer to us as we entered the van.
star-3
City Tour/ Tlaquepaque
Danny_S
, Feb 2020
We made reservations to be picked up at our hotel in Guadalajara. The day before we arrived I got an email indicating that we would be picked up at our hotel with no confirmation that they knew what our hotel was. On the day of the tour, we still had not received a specific confirmation that they knew what our hotel was. However, the tour company picked us up as arranged. When I inquired with the hotel about the tour company Amigo Tours, they indicated there had been problems with this company in the past regarding not picking up clients at the hotel. On the tour, the guide was well-informed and very pleasant. The additional part of the tour to Tlaquepaque was disappointing. The guide indicated that we could be picked up at 3:30 or we could spend as much time as we wanted and get back to our hotel on our own. Upon doing a self guided walk thorough the city, we decided we should have taken the early pick up with the company. We wound up using an Uber to return back to our hotel. Overall, the tour was average.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We appreciate your comment and take it into account to improve our services as we are committed to customer satisfaction. We hope you come back soon as we have many more experiences to offer. Regards, Amigo Group.
star-5
Wonderful experience!
Vesta_A
, Feb 2020
We had a wonderful experience! First we went to Lake Chapala and the weather was perfect. Then got to take I the Indian Flying man performance! Amazing! As an artist myself I really enjoyed the Pueblo Magico town of Ajijic. We drove through a gringo neighborhood and saw lots of beautiful homes. Fun murals all over town and a beautiful plaza filled with interesting sculptures and flowers galore! By then we worked up an appetite and our wonderful guides Ramon and Jesus took us to a fantastic Restaurant overlooking the lake called La Iguana de Piedra. The food was wonderful and all the fun animal sculptures and paintings as well as beautiful stained glass was exceptional! Thank you for a wonderful Tour!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello! We appreciate your comment and we are glad you enjoyed an experience as magical as Chichen-Itza. We hope you come back soon as we have many more experiences to offer. Regards, Amigo Group.
star-5
Great overview of the city
rwendellr
, Feb 2020
Great overview of Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque. I felt the time in Tlaquepaque was slightly short, but overall still great. Highly recommend doing this tour as your first tour in GDL so that you get acquainted with the city.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello. Thank you for your review. Our staff is very glad due you enjoyed the service. Come back soon! Regards, Amigo Group.
star-5
Wonderful experience! Very informative and safe!
Scenic59992200147
, Nov 2019
We had the best tour guides! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Very safe and comfortable too.Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello! Thank you for sharing your comments. It is great to know about your good experience with us. We are working constantly to offer the best service to all our clients. Please comeback soon. Best regards, Amigo Group
star-5
Guadalajara was a beautiful visit...
MariaElena_B
, Jul 2018
Guadalajara was a beautiful visit. Filled with local families on summer vacation. It has beautiful museums, opera house, churches and great plazas and restaurants. We will return.
star-5
I was supposed to do this tour on...
Thibaud Q
, Mar 2018
I was supposed to do this tour on the Monday but ended up doing it on Tuesday after the company asked me if I wouldn't mind swapping days between my Tequila tour and the city tour. I was happy to switch and this was well worth it as I got a lucky free upgrade. I was given a free Food tour on top of the city tour and visit of Tlaquepaque. We started the day close to 11am with some delicious food. We started with the Torta ahogada in the place it started, followed by some delicious Chilaquiles red sauce, some agua fresca de limon and a Jericalla traditional Jalisco flan. Having had breakfast before as I wasn't aware I'd get this extra tour for free I was already full, but we had 1 more stop, in town, at the 9 esquinas for a traditional Birria de Chivo. I personally don't like goat but I gave it a try and it was pretty good. Afterwards, we started the tour of the city main spots and I was quite glad for the walk. While the other group finished their tour after this visit, I went on to do the Tour of Tlaquepaque, which is a lovely little town with several art galleries Sergio Bustamante and Rodo Padilla were the ones I went to with my guide and regional crafts shops. The tour as pretty quick and I was given more free time than I needed to go about the town, and do some shopping. I was obviously pretty lucky to get that upgrade but it was a nice tour overall and my guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. I personally think it was worth spending the few extra euros/dollars to go on this tour compared to taking the tourist bus, but this is only my personal opinion.
star-5
Local staff - Amigo Tours did a...
Vikki_R
, Mar 2018
Local staff - Amigo Tours did a wonderful job showing us some beautiful historical sites and great art plus the shopping area of Tlaquepaque. Very knowledgeable and willing to answer all questions. Comfortable air conditioned van and excellent driver who was also great at photography. Thanks!!
star-3
The tour of Guad was good, of what...
KATHY_G
, Mar 2018
The tour of Guad was good, of what we did see. However, instead of making the trip to Tlaquepaque, where we had just a short time to spend by the time we drove there, the 4 of us thought saving the travel time and touring more of the historic center would have been a better use of time.. We went to the Cultural Cabanas on our own to tour the beautiful and historic murals. Thanks.
star-5
Ronnie was a gem. Very enthusiastic...
Mike S
, Feb 2018
Ronnie was a gem. Very enthusiastic about Guadalajara history. Had a blast in Tlaquepaque and Ronnie got us great table at thePatio restaurant where we enjoyed mariachi musicians while he stayed outside and stayed with our dog Rosie.
star-5
We really enjoyed our tour. There...
Catherine D
, Feb 2018
We really enjoyed our tour. There was another couple joining us on the trip we all happened to be from Oregon. This was the perfect size to be able to ask questions and hear everything. Our guide, Ronnie, was very knowledgeable about the historic significance of the sites we visited and clearly love his city and Jalisco. If we had not been with him we would never have learned about the heroes of Jalisco and Guadalajara area. And the significance of the history of tequila! Who knew drinking tequila was such a benefit to all! Walking around Tlaquepaque was also enlightening and fun. It's a charming area with good food and amazing and famous artisans, plus historical importance. All in all a wonderful introduction to the area. Thank you, Ronnie and aviator.
star-5
Ronnie was a great tour guide! Tons...
Bryan_C
, Feb 2018
Ronnie was a great tour guide! Tons of great information on the history of Guadalajara and the area in general. The restaurant El Patio in Tlapuepaque was lots of fun with an all female mariachi band. Food was excellent as well.
star-5
Awesome tour of Guadalajara and...
Angel G
, Jan 2018
Awesome tour of Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque. The tour is operated by Amigo tours and our guide was Edgar so glad that Edgar took care of us as he was very attentive, informative and really went out of his way to provide us the best experience in both GDL and Tlaquepaque. The city center tour in Guadalajara was great, specially the visit to the Government palace. We had a separate guide explain to us the frescos at the stair case painted by Jose Clemente Orozco the ceiling painting at the congress chamber also painted by JC Orozco and we got to hear really interesting stories of this building that date back to the independence of Mexico and the reformation of laws in Mexico, to mention a few also, something very cool and mind boggling was to see the document were slavery in Mexico was abolished by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla located in this building! There are other sites that we visited, but this was definitely the highlight of the tour. The visit to Tlaquepaque was awesome! this is a magical place that has the vibe of a small town, but it is really a booming suburb just outside of Guadalajara. Highly recommend to visit the art galleries, the Ceramic museum free and to dine in one restaurants located at the andador independencia pedestrian street.
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star-3
I was the odd man out. The tour was...
Dave Y
, Dec 2017
I was the odd man out. The tour was fully booked with one family and me. Felt odd, but very nice family.
star-5
What a fabulous tour! Our...
Raymond S
, Nov 2017
What a fabulous tour! Our guide, Ronny, clearly loves his city. His historical knowledge was impressive to be sure - and his teaching while showing us the sites of this beautiful city was an absolute delight. Our lunch in Tlaquepacque and our tour there made the day a complete success. We would highly recommend this tour.

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