These free, printable travel maps of Guadalajara are divided into five regions:
Explore Guadalajara with these helpful travel maps from the latest Mexico editions of Moon Handbooks.
Travel Maps of Guadalajara
Mexico’s west-central highlands are the country’s verdant soul—a place recounted in ballads and beloved across the republic for its nostalgic atmosphere and rich cultural heritage. With its emerald mountain ranges, sprawling ranches, and sun-baked agave plantations, the state of Jalisco is the distinctly Mexican homeland of mariachi, charreada (Mexican rodeo), and tequila.
Guadalajara is the star of the show, the state capital and one of the most populous cities in Mexico. Those hoping to learn more about Mexican culture will be thoroughly rewarded in this interesting city, where frequent festivals, a long tradition in the arts, and wonderful Mexican cuisine lend color and folklore to the typical urban lifestyle. At the same time, Guadalajara is a modern city with a quickly growing economy.
Zapopan is one of the smaller cities now engulfed by Guadalajara’s extensive growth. Here you’ll find the Basilica of Zapopan, began in 1689 and finally completed in 1892. Walking is excellent in this area, with a handful of plazas and pedestrian streets, and its cultural scene is rich with theatres, museums, and cultural centers. Outside the city, natural attractions include the Ixcatán Geysers and the La Cola de Caballo waterfall.
Tlaquepaque and Tonalá
Sights in Tlaquepaque include El Parián, a delightful plaza surrounded by bars and restaurants. The city’s main square is El Jardín Hidalgo (Hidalgo Garden), where street-sellers throng during the annual festival of San Pedro. Towering structures of fireworks, known as Castillo (castle) and Toro (bull), are set alight on the day of San Pedro itself. Bookend a visit to Benito Juárez market with the two main churches El Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Solitude) and San Pedro (Saint Peter).
While both Tlaquepaque and Tonalá are must-sees for artisans, Tonalá is best known as the major handcrafts center, with large Thursday and Sunday street markets dedicated to handicrafts, especially pottery. Like several other Guadalajara municipalities, Tonalá is home to many churches, museums and cultural centers celebrating the city’s heritage.
The sleepy atmosphere, perfect climate, and low prices make these communities popular with retirees, though anyone looking for a slower pace of life will find a good fit in this traditionally Mexican region. Often, a relaxing stroll along the lake’s edge is the nicest way to pass a morning, though you can fill your free time with painting classes, yoga, a bridge group, or any number of activities organized by the area’s active expatriate population. While offering the tranquility of old Mexico, these charming towns are just a stone’s throw away from metropolitan Guadalajara, giving residents access to a top-notch array of stores and markets, healthcare options, entertainment, and an international airport.
Tapalpa is surrounded by nature, with plenty to do in and out of town. The town itself has a mountain feel, with unending blue skies and massive green forests. Natural wonders such as springs and waterfalls coexist with man-made churches and interesting foundry ruins. Explore the town on foot for the full experience.
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