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Guadalajara

December 14, 2019
Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco. The City it’s known for tequila and mariachi music. Guadalajara’s historic center surrounded by colonial plazas and landmarks such as the neoclassical Teatro Degollado and a cathedral with twin gold spires. The Palacio del Gobierno houses famous murals by painter José Clemente Orozco. Our highlight was Mercado Libertad, better known as Mercado San Juan de Dios. It is the largest indoor market in Latin America, with an area of 40,000 m².

Art is Knowledge at the service of emotion.

Snacks anyone- Chips and hotsauce

Or a wagon ride if you like
We arrived late on Saturday and stayed on a gated parking lot right downtown in Guadalajara. The following day we walked to the city centre for sightseeing. It was Sunday, and the main road closed for traffic and lots, and lots of bicycles were on the move.

Mainstreet-car free day

There were Bike-sharing stations you could rent bikes. It was the day to be physically active. Everywhere your eyes could see people where walking, biking and rollerskating or just enjoying being active.

Just being active

 

There were thousands of people out and about. The City was alive and hopping( or biking)

 

culture, culture and more culture

We could raise prodigious cities and create nations, and explore the universe.

— Jose Clemente Orozco
Guadalajara, surrounded by history and culture, has something to do for everyone. From churches, museums, art galleries

Street murals

to music on the street and dance performances on gigantic outdoor stages

Local Mariachi Band

Dance performance in the middle of the plaza

there is so much to experience, and most of it is free or a minuscule fee, it’s hard to take your pick. We like to explore and find treasures on the go.

The Expiatorio, Temple of the Blessed Sacrament

A Mayan street performer

Guadalajara Cathedral

Mercado San Juan de Dios 

My Grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a preacher, but every day three times a day you need a farmer.

Brenda Schoepp

The indoor market has three levels.
The first level has a section that includes selling typical groceries and sweets as well as an area of stalls selling crafts.

Candy Stand

The second level comprises small restaurants and food stalls selling typical Mexican dishes. The third level, the most recent addition, includes stalls selling imported goods, clothes, electronics, music, movies, computer equipment, paint, shoes, etc.

Fruit and vegetables

There are approximately two thousand nine hundred vendors in this market, selling clothing, eyeglasses, shoes, movies, video games, CDs, electrical goods, and many other types of items. The lower level includes stalls selling typical foods of Guadalajara, such as tortas ahogadas(sandwiches ‘drowned’ in sauce), perhaps the most typical dish from Jalisco, as well as tacos, pozole, and other foods.

torta ahogadas

Tacos

Goat

View from the second floor