Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico boasts a robust local flavor offering several opportunities for tourists to experience true Mexican culture. Traveling to Guadalajara for our upcoming convention, Partnership 2016: Inclusion and Innovation in the Americas? Here are five can't miss activities for your visit.
- Celebrate Fiestas de Octubre - The entire month of October hosts Guadalajara’s biggest celebration of the year. Fiestas de Octubre kicks off the first Friday in October with a parade and continues daily with events including concerts, markets, art displays, shopping, and dining until the first Monday in November. Last year’s 50th anniversary celebration included an amusement park, art gallery, sculpture exhibit, and performances by Mexican singer Alejandro Fernández. The celebration attracts nearly 2 million people annually – look at the extensive calendar as October approaches to find both ticketed and free events that will appeal to all interests.
Experience Charrería - Head over to the Lienzo Charros de Jalisco arena on a Sunday afternoon and watch Mexico’s national sport, Charrería. The event resembles an American rodeo and is accompanied by a lively brass band. It lasts about three hours and includes ten events ranging from horse-riding and bull roping to El Paso de la Muerte, or “the pass of death,” in which a rider leaps from one horse to another. Lienzo Charros de Jalisco is located in San Carlos right by Parque Agua Azul, one of the city’s natural havens.
Shop Mercado Libertad - Head downtown any day of the week to experience the largest indoor market in Latin America. Mercado Libertad houses thousands of stands across three stories and nearly 500,000 square feet. Practice your bargaining skills while shopping for clothes and crafts such as ceramics, woven bags, and leather shoes on the first floor and grabbing e tacos and fresh juice on the second. The market is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Dance La Mutualista - Salsa dancing is in Guadalajara’s blood, and there’s no better place to experience it than a small local club like La Mutualista . A live band performs Thursday and Saturdays at 11 p.m. and dancers of all skill levels take the floor. The club also offers salsa lessons on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturday nights for 50 pesos.
- Cheer Chivas - Though charrería is the national sport, soccer is more internationally affiliated with Mexico. Estadio Chivas, the fourth largest stadium in the country, is located in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico - Guadalajara’s neighboring city. The local team, Club Deportivo Guadalajara, is nicknamed Chivas by fans. Go to a Chivas game and cheer for the local team.