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Guide to Guadalajara Off the Beaten Path

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If you're done with the touristy places and want to visit the spots that few other people know about — or if you're simply craving some peace and quiet while still exploring the essence of Guadalajara — the following 10 places may be just what you're looking for!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Cascada de las Tres Caidas

Waterfalls

Jardin Hidalgo

Gardens

Mirador del Palomar

Neighbourhoods

Biblioteca Octavio Paz

Libraries

Geiseres de Ixcatan

Geologic Formations

Parque Mirador Dr. Atl

Parks

Hacienda Santa Lucia

Historic Sites

Casa Vieja

Bars & Clubs

Camino a Huaxtla

Hiking Trails, Waterfalls

Barranca de Oblatos

Canyons

Enrique A's City Tips

  • Carry plenty of MXN pesos with you to pay for transport, entry fees, and snacks on the go.
  • The local bus system is great if you are not in a hurry, and are traveling on a budget.
  • Taxi rates depend on the distance, so make sure you ask for a fare estimate, or agree on a fixed rate, before setting off.
  • The train (light rail) is an inexpensive way of getting around. There are two train lines that travel through 28 different stations; they come and go every 15 minutes.
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    Cascada de las Tres Caidas
    Waterfalls
    Enrique A Says:

    Cascada de las Tres Caidas is not far from central Guadalajara, but it feels like worlds apart. Named for its three waterfalls (tres caidas), the park is shrouded in beauty and mystery, even more so because it receives so few visitors. Some think the water here has healing powers, while others just come to cool off after a hike through the forest. Either way, it's hard to argue that the lush nature in the area is stunning.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bring your bathing suit, towel, mosquito repellent, and snacks.
    • There is no entrance fee to access the area.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    • Cascada de las Tres Caidas
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    Jardin Hidalgo
    Gardens
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    Enrique A Says:

    Despite its name, Jardín Hidalgo is much more than gardens. It is the central plaza of Tlaquepaque, a fashionable colonial neighborhood. The area may seem trendy, but its pretty streets are home to many lovely stores, cafes, and colonial churches that capture the folkloric culture and traditional beauty for which Guadalajara is known. So explore every corner, stop for a cup of coffee and an ice cream, and don't miss a detail!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Stop by one of the little fondas or restaurants to enjoy a nice lunch.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 179 things to do in Guadalajara
    • Lovely setting 14/03/2016
    • Fun Place to Visit 14/10/2015
    • Jardin Hidalgo
    Address:
    Independencia, Francisco I. Madera, Prisciliano Sanchez y Constitucion
    Tlaquepaque Centro
    Guadalajara
    Mexico
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    Mirador del Palomar
    Neighbourhoods
    Enrique A Says:

    Take your pick from El Palomar or Las Bugambilias — both streets will take you up to Mirador del Palomar, and in this instance, it's really the destination that matters. Mirador del Palomar offers one of the most beautiful vistas around, and it's even more impressive at sunset.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The viewpoint is situated inside a gated community. At the entrance, ask the security guards for the exact directions towards the Mirador.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #154 of 179 things to do in Guadalajara
    • Palomar 18/01/2012
    • only if you have a car, best night view of GDL 04/12/2009
    • Mirador del Palomar
    Address:
    Carretera a Colima despues del Periferico
    Fraccionamiento El Palomar
    Guadalajara 45090
    Mexico
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    Biblioteca Octavio Paz
    Libraries
    Enrique A Says:

    Home to a vast array of books from all over the world, as well as a mural by a famous artist (David Alfaro Siqueiros), Biblioteca Octavio Paz, is both impressive library and architectural gem. Take some time to browse the stacks before enjoying the striking neoclassical structure, which was originally a chapel.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This spot is also a paradise for passionate photographers, due to the lighting and beauty of its space — don't forget your camera!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 179 things to do in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 02/09/2017
    • Not interesting 22/03/2017
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 21:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
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    Geiseres de Ixcatan
    Geologic Formations
    Enrique A Says:

    Of course, Geiseres de Ixcatan is spectacular for the natural geysers that put on a show here, but almost equally lovely is the lush landscape itself. You can intersperse an exhilarating hike with a relaxing soak in the geothermal pools, and then, when you reach the end of the Río Grande you'll be rewarded by stunning views.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Plan to also explore the Barranca of Huéntitan while at Ixcatán. Just remember to check accommodation options first (as you'll want to spend the night), and come prepared with suitable footwear and clothing for the forest.
    • Carry some beverages and snacks with you in case you decide to have a little picnic.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #115 of 179 things to do in Guadalajara
    • Se puede acmpar? 21/04/2016
    • Increible 27/07/2014
    • Geiseres de Ixcatan
    Address:
    Km 26 Carretera Guadalajara-Saltillo
    Poncitlan, Jalisco
    Guadalajara
    Mexico
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    Parque Mirador Dr. Atl
    Parks
    Enrique A Says:

    At the Mirador, you'll have one of the most gorgeous views of the Barranca of Huéntitan. You'll also be able to hike along numerous forest trails, visiting some of the beautiful waterfalls and rivers that are also part of the park. It is truly a rich and peaceful experience, where one can share some time alone with nature.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to bring snacks, beverages, and suitable footwear with you.
    • In case of visiting in rainy season, bring a raincoat with you.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 179 things to do in Guadalajara
    • Experience Three Thrills at the Dr. Atl Lookout 07/02/2017
    • Not a must, but highly recommended 20/04/2016
    • Parque Mirador Dr. Atl
    Address:
    Kilometro 15 Carretera a Saltillo
    Guadalajara
    Mexico
    Other:
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    Hacienda Santa Lucia
    Historic Sites
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    Enrique A Says:

    You'll be flabbergasted by La Hacienda's beauty and architecture. Even the building's location is breathtaking. Founded in 1630, the building has a magical, trapped in time quality, and its lush grounds make a great place for a stroll. Before or after enjoying a lovely brunch, tour through the rooms and open spaces, where you'll find a story is waiting to be told in every corner.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It is easy to get here by bus. It usually takes 45 minutes.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #84 of 179 things to do in Guadalajara
    • I was invited to this gorgeous hacienda to atend a wedding. 21/03/2017
    • Hacienda Santa Lucia 18/01/2012
    • Hacienda Santa Lucia
    Address:
    Juan Manuel Rubalcava, 139
    Carretera Tesistán
    Guadalajara
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 33 3897 0788
    Other:
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    Casa Vieja
    Bars & Clubs
    Enrique A Says:

    Although often overlooked, Casa Vieja's wine tasting and tour is a must-do experience. A delicious meal awaits, in which you'll enjoy the best authentic dishes paired with some great wines. Plus, you'll receive a personal tour through the beautiful gardens that surround the place.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It is hard to decide which is my favorite dish, so go with someone special and order a few things to share!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 30 Nightlife in Guadalajara
    • Best Stop in Wine Country 21/03/2015
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    Camino a Huaxtla
    Hiking Trails, Waterfalls
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    Enrique A Says:

    Camino a Huaxtla is a magnificent experience from beginning to end. The trail is filled with great views that just beg to be photographed, and once you reach the forest, there are plenty more memorable activity options. Hike through the foliage to get to the various geothermal waters and waterfalls, explore the waters by kayak, or even zipline through the trees. No matter what you choose, I'm sure you'll enjoy this experience as much as I always do!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bring your bathing suit, mosquito repellent, and food and water with you.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 34 things to do in Zapopan
    • Beautiful place, ugly surroundings 01/12/2014
    • Beautiful waterfall 23/05/2008
    • Camino a Huaxtla
    Address:
    Carretera a Colotlan en el km 17.5
    Zapopan
    Mexico
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    Barranca de Oblatos
    Canyons
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    Enrique A Says:

    The hike to Oblatos may be tough, but you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking view that is worth every step. And once you arrive, the sounds of nature combined with the spectacular vistas will make you want to thank Mother Nature for all this beauty.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are no facilities here, so bring plenty of water and snacks with you.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 179 things to do in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great for Hiking 21/01/2018
    • Nice hicking 31/08/2017
    • Barranca de Oblatos
    Address:
    Calzada Independencia
    Huentitán
    Guadalajara 44390
    Mexico
    Other:
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