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Going, Going, Guachimontones

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a circular pyramid at Guachimontones

A circular pyramid at the Guachimontones ruins site.

The reality that Mexico is home to some of the world’s most enchanting – and in some cases, most famous – ruins is no secret. From the Palenque ruins in northern Chiapas to those on the Yucatán Peninsula including Chichén Itzá and Calakmul as well as those along the Ruta Puuc or smack on the Tulum coast, the country is bursting with various phenomenal examples. What many do not realize, however, is that just outside of Guadalajara sit some of the most unique the world over has yet to offer. Word has it that, with the exception of the Cuicuilco Pyramid in Mexico City, the ruins that we’re referring to here in Jalisco are the only circular pyramids to be found anywhere. Moreover, the site of these ruins, known today as Guachimontones, is just a hop, skip and a jump from the city, making for a great side trip on the way to the coast to spend some time on the playa or a wonderful way to spend at least a half-day satisfying that archaeological craving and nicely rounding out your time in Guadalajara.

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The Millennials Are Coming

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Mexico is no stranger to young visitors from abroad overrunning its coasts, consuming large quantities of bagged chips, shots of Sauza and bottles of Corona (or cups of high-octane punch on party boats), working on their sunburns, ehrrr tans, purchasing souvenirs and generally letting it all hang out for a short but intense time before returning back home to “reality”. And that’s just it – in the past, these trips have typically centered around the country’s many beautiful beaches with a focus on revelry. However, it would seem that the times, they are-a-changing. More and more of today’s younger crowd, specifically the set known as “Millennials”, is increasingly expanding its traveling range and country coverage and is moving inward to the less touristy, less well-known and less frequented interior of Mexico, including cities like Guadalajara. By all accounts, Millennials are traveling somewhat differently – and more often – than other generations did and are, and Guadalajara as a destination is a perfect fit for what Millennials are generally seeking these days from their travel adventures. What’s more, Millennials are letting the world know via the vlogging (video blogging) they are doing along the way. Here are some insights into Millennial traveling habits, why what Guadalajara can offer is making it a more popular destination for them and some vlogs of theirs featuring the city that we recently came across on YouTube.

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A New Autumn Brings Us the Fiestas de Octubre, Once Again

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fair roller coasterThe Fiestas de Octubre (October Celebrations) of Jalisco and Guadalajara have begun, as of today, the last day of September. Of what do we speak, you may ask? Every year, Mexican towns, cities, municipalities, what-have-you hosts an annual celebration for itself, its citizens and any would-be visitors. The end result in our city is a massive fair with rides and street food and a whole lot more, such as celebrity performances including the acknowledgement of a beauty queen and enjoyment of famous musical acts. Once again, Guadalajara is prepped for the experience, as best as it can be. If you’re currently in the city and you want to replicate a US state fair and then some, but in a completely different country, culture and manner, then look no further than the Fiestas de Octubre.

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Entertaining & Economical Excursions: Yáñez Street Art Walk

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yáñez street art walk graffiti woman and catOur first recommended “Economical & Entertaining Excursion” in 2016 comes in the form of a walking tour of our own creation with the objective of introducing you to one of the longest physical stretches of continuous arte callejero, or street art, in the entire city. If you enjoy this form of artistic expression and you enjoy free activities, then you must make this walking tour an essential part of your stay here in Guadalajara. We’ll fill you in on all the details, including where to start, when to go and how long to go for, among other things.

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Tlaquepaque Is the Place to Be for Día De Muertos

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Already underway as of yesterday, Tlaquepaque’s festival in honor of Día de Muertos, the 5th Festival de Muertos, promises to be something not to be missed, if you’re in the area. Most of the activities really began today in earnest, and the festival will encompass the entirety of the celebration, through the 2nd of November. You can expect to find related art, processions, performances and more over the next few days at a variety of locations, including Tlaquepaque’s commercial center Forum Tlaquepaque [map], the municipality’s Jardín Hidalgo [map], and right smack in the streets. Below we have a link to the full schedule and some notes on it that you should take into account to get the most enjoyment out of the festival.

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Worldwide Expat Organization InterNations in Guadalajara, Mexico

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InterNations logo.

InterNations, if you’ve never heard of it before, is a worldwide organization for expats. On their homepage, they indicate that they are present in 390 cities and 190 countries around the globe. Their mission, simply stated, is to “make life easier for expats”, and they attempt to accomplish this in a variety of ways through their website, events, and joining together of people connected to expatriate living in one way or another.

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6 Online Resources for Planning Something Fun in Guadalajara, Mexico

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hot air balloonsWhile we here at discoverGDL try to pass on interesting events to you, our readers, from time to time, we are really trying to do much more than that and cannot always stay on top of the latest happenings. With that in mind, and with another weekend approaching fast, we present to you 6 resources you can check yourself to ensure that you stay on top of the latest and greatest events scheduled out there and enjoy yourself as much as possible in beautiful Guadalajara.

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A Night Out in Guadalajara, Mexico

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disco-ball-43841_1280Another weekend is upon us, and for a change of pace you may want to consider painting the town red all night long and spending the next day sleeping it off. Here are four spots that we here at discoverGDL highly recommend for a serious night out!

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Free Tours on Tap in Guadalajara, Mexico

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The Cathedral MetropolitanaHave you been itching to take a tour in Guadalajara? Are you traveling on a tight budget? Then take note – there will be free tours of museums and parks throughout the city’s historical center, traditional neighborhoods, Avenida Chapultepec, the Bosque de los Colomos, and the Panteón de Belén as well as parts of other municipalities of Jalisco including Tonalá and Tlaquepaque. The Director of Tourism in Guadalajara has announced the “Program of free tours”, to take place during one of the busiest times for tourism in Mexico all year, the vacation period known as Semana Santa and Pascua (Holy Week and Easter). The exact dates for these tours stretch from March 30th to April 11th.

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Entertaining & Economical Excursions: The Instituto Cultural (Hospicio) Cabañas and the José Clemente Orozco Murals in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Today’s “Entertaining & Economical Excursion” takes us to a part of the historical center of Guadalajara to view fabulous murals and other art in a beautiful neoclassical building, all for the great low price of free. We are, of course, primarily referring to the famous murals painted by José Clemente Orozco inside the Hospicio Cabañas in the late 1930s, and once a week you can relish in their intensity, vividness, and plain awesomeness without having to worry about the cost of admission.

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The 2014 International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico, is Underway

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fig-514908The annual International Book Fair of Guadalajara (La Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara), Mexico, is currently in full swing. Started by the University of Guadalajara some 28 years ago, it has been billed as the most important gathering of writing professionals in all of Ibero-America. While the fair is put on for those professionals from all over the world to conduct business and hold academic conferences, the event is also a cultural one and the public is invited to attend on specific days and times (see below). Activities open to the public during the festival’s nine days include hearing your favorite authors speak, attending free musical performances, and film viewings, among other things.

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