Cheap Flights to Guadalajara
Situated in the scenic Sierra Madre Mountains, Guadalajara is becoming a top travel spot in Mexico. It provides an alternative to many of the crowed resorts south of border. The city's well-preserved cultural heritage combined with the scenic wonders that surround the city make it a perfect destination for visitors looking for authentic travel experience. The area offers activities for all ages and is a great base for exploring western Mexico.
Fly to Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico (GAP)
Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico, also known as Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla airport, is about 9 miles south of the city on Highway 44. Normal travel time to the city is 35 minutes by taxi or rental car, but with traffic, the trip into to town can easily take an hour.
The airport has two terminals. American Airlines and Aeromexico have flights to Guadalajara that connect to major hubs in North and South America and other airports in Mexico.
Guadalajara was an early Spanish settlement dating back to the 16th century. It has been able to preserve much of its colonial heritage as seen in the treasure trove of Gothic architecture in cathedrals that dot the downtown area. Many of the major landmarks in the city are on or near the Calle Republica, the major street through the heart of the city. The Plaza de Armas features the Metropolitan Cathedral, which towers over downtown and provides a convenient reference point for disorientated visitors. Liberation Square is a few blocks away and features the Cathedral of Guadalajara. The well-regarded Instituto de Cabanas is located near the Plaza de los Mariachis, the third major plaza in city center.
For the sports enthusiast, Guadalajara has several professional soccer teams and a professional baseball team. The major sports venue is the Estadio Jalisco, which is just north of the downtown area. While the city is landlocked, Chapala, the largest lake in Mexico, is just a short distance south of the airport. A charming colonial town of the same name sits on its shores and has become a cozy spot for people looking to retire. In the opposite direction just north of the city is Barranca de Huentitan, a national park with a deep canyon that has been compared to the Grand Canyon. The park also has an impressive array of flora and fauna. The Guadalajara Zoo is also adjacent to the park.
Hints and Tips
After morning mass on Sunday, Tonalá bursts into a huge street market along Avenida Tonaltecas. The bazaar is a great opportunity to purchase the local crafts and try some of the city's street food. A concoction of beer and tomato juice known as Michelada is popular among the locals. Guadalajara is also home to the region's most recognized product, tequila, and few visitors leave the city without a bottle or two.
The city has many festivals, chief among them is the Festival of Mariachi in August that draws musicians from around the globe. Guadalajara's high-desert climate ensures pleasant weather year-round with an average temperature in the high 80s. Winter is especially popular time when temperatures drop to the low 80s with dry winds.
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