Located at the heart of Jalisco state, we found Guadalajara, the second biggest city in Mexico and one of the best places to visit in this country, where the mariachi and tequila born and where you can find every kind of lifestyle, like a big city or a small town.

What to know in Guadalajara?

Guadalajara is a city where you can navigate on your foot, this is because its to small and you can go wherever you want in just a few minutes, this is good, because the public transport like the subway only has 2 lines of coverage over the city.

If you come from the US, you can arrive to Guadalajara easily, this is because many airlines have direct flight routes from west and east coast like New York and Los Angeles.

What and when should I visit Guadalajara?

From September to the end of the year, you can find a lot of events and fairs, starting from September, where the International Mariachi Festival begins, continuing with the Mexican Independence Day on the 16th. After, on October the celebrations of art, food and culture merge into the Ferias de Octubre.

On November the festivals of the Day of the Dead and the Feria Internacional del Libro (the world’s second biggest book fair) are must.

And if you’re thinking about the weather, its favorable all the year.

What to do in Guadalajara?

As common it is, you can star by navigate the city from the historic center, where you can find the plazas, the parks and more.

Watch the Palacio de Gobierno in Plaza de Armas while sitting on an iron bench, admire the twin spired cathedral from plaza Guadalajara, visit the Teatro Degollado with his 9 muses and his sturdy Corinthian pillars.

In the east of the city you can find too Hospicio Cabañas, where you can find some of the murals from José Clemente Orozco, and if you´re looking for traditional merchandise or souvenirs while you’re in the area, visit the Mercado San Juan de Dios, the largest indoor market in Latin America.

Browse in the complex for leather products (ground floor) and clothes and shoes on the second floor. The standard tourist souvenirs like chains and magnets are everywhere, the real deal in the market is not getting lost.

But if you want a time to be relax and not that much of people, you can go to Barranca de Huentitán or Bosque Colomos, the nearest and greatest places to hike and take a view of the surrounding, while feed the squirrels in the Japanese garden and have a peaceful time.

Learn while you stay

If you’re thinking about visit Guadalajara for more than two weeks, you can learn while you´re there, one of the best options is to learn Spanish, this is because it can help you to understand the basics of the language and be more in contact with the culture.

Alegre Spanish Schools is where you can learn Spanish at the same time that you discover the city, since we’re located in the center of town where you can find all the attractions mentioned before.

Contact us and learn Spanish while you live your best Mexican experience in Guadalajara.

Spanish, one of the most spoken language across the world, the second just behind the Mandarin Chinese. Over 6% of the population speak it and more than 60 million speak it as a second language. Spanish speakers find it easier to learn other languages like Italian, French, and Portuguese, because of the Latin roots.

One of the best options to learn Spanish is to study with native people, even better if you can study in a country that speaks Spanish as a first language! This is why Mexico is one of your best options. Mexico is a big country with rich cultural traditions, beautiful landscapes, and great gastronomy!

Places to visit in Mexico while learn Spanish

International House Mexico is one of the best spanish schools, we pride ourselves in the quality of our teachers and we have campus all over the country.

Would you like to learn Spanish and practice with locals by the beach? Come to International House Riviera Maya.

Would you like to spend an afternoon shopping in one of the most famous and cosmopolitan areas in America? Come to study to International House Mexico and explore the Condesa area.

Would you like to try the best tequila in the wwhole world? Enroll for lessons at International House Guadalajara and book a tour to take the train to Tequila (yes! there is a town called Tequila, it is real).

Explore the traditions and culture of this magical country and learn Spanish at the same time!

Guadalajara

Now going back to the tequila topic… Guadalajara is one of the most visited cities in Mexico, because of two reasons: tequila and mariachi.

Those are two great reasons if you ask me!

Tequila is one of the most popular liquors around the world. Here are some interesting facts about it you probably didn’t know:

-Tequila is drank without lime and salt by Mexicans. When they want to add these to their tequilas their request a margarita.

-It takes 8 to 12 years for Agave plant to mature enough to make tequila, and tequila must be made of at least 51% of Blue agave.

-Must of the tequila work is done by hand. Agave is hand is harvested by hand.

Mariachi is a type of music that dates back to the 18th century. The band can consist from 7 to more than 20 band members. Their clothing is very distinctive and they wear big hats. It’s the most representative musical gender from Mexico.

Guadalajara is the second biggest city in Mexico, and one of the biggest urban centers from North America. Regarding the culture, at downtown you will find the colonial roots in the most emblematic buildings: houses, museums, theatres, etc.

The weather is soft and warm like the people from Guadalajara.

The Spanish school in Guadalajara

There´s no better location that our school in Guadalajara. It’s close to Chapultepec, an area full of coffee shops, libraries, concerts, pubs, and activities for everyone.

Our school has 10 classrooms with natural light, a beautiful garden and a terrace where you can spend a relaxed and wonderful afternoon with your classmates. Enjoy our free Wi-Fi!

If you want to receive more information about our spanish courses and the best places to visit in Guadalajara, check our blog and contact us!

Come to Guadalajara and see the real Mexico! You will never forget this experience.