For a more authentic Mexican experience than what you might receive on the coasts and a slightly less frenetic vacation than what you might experience in Mexico City, head to Guadalajara.
The capital and largest city in Jalisco is known for its mariachi bands, its nearby tequila distilleries, its jaw-dropping architecture, and its thrumming nightlife. Guadalajara also effortlessly blends tradition and modernity.
For instance, some Tapatíos (Guadalajara natives) don sombreros, while others are more comfortable in skinny jeans.
Some prefer watching rodeos or Mexican wrestlers, called luchadores, while others prefer sampling Mexican craft beers at El Grillo, a local pub. You can get a taste of it all on a trip to Guadalajara.
The best time to visit Guadalajara is between the months of October and December when the weather is dry, temperatures skim the lower 80s and festivals fill the calendar.
The five months that span January and May are another great time to visit the city, thanks to decreased hotel prices.
June through September is considered Guadalajara’s low season since the city experiences heavy rainfall and high temperatures during this period.