Excursions Archive

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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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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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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Tianguis Tales: Tianguis del Círculo de Producción at Ecotienda in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Ecotianguis del Círculo de Producción

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We have thus far written about a few of your organic, all natural, locally sourced store shopping options here in Guadalajara, otherwise known as ecotiendas. In addition, we’ve previously mentioned an ecotianguis or ecomarket that more or less takes place every Sunday at Plaza las Ramblas. In those veins, we’d like to continue assisting the growth in popularity of these stores and markets here in the city by mentioning yet another ecotianguis that takes place outside the Ecotienda, located on Calle Morelos due west of Avenida de las Americas, known as the Tianguis del Círculo de Producción.

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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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Entertaining & Economical Excursions: El Parque Mirador Independencia (Mirador Park Independencia) in Guadalajara, Mexico

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IMG_2272While you’re in Guadalajara, you’ll want to see at least some of the things that make this city special. To that end, we’re compiling our favorite and more interesting excursions, one-by-one, in a series we’re calling “Entertaining & Economical Excursions”. The first on our list is El Parque Mirador Independencia (Mirador Park Independencia).

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