With the population in Guadalajara reaching 1.5 million residents, you have a huge opportunity to meet new friends. Formed by 5 main municipalities: Guadalajara, Zapopan, Tlaquepaque, Tonalá and Tlajomulco, there is room for every tourist to feel at home. This remarkable city holds culturally compelling architecture and exposes you to its unique, traditional culture. The purpose of this city is to show its visitors the role it has on its intense intimacy between the old culture and the new.
The architecture and famous attractions bring tourists and tapatíos (what locals are called) together. But in Guadalajara, it isn’t the beautiful buildings. It’s the amazing, legendary, cultural, and historical vibe that grasps our souls and places us in the city. These places are what helps us expedite our interactions with the local communities.
All in all, these are the best places that open the doors for tourists to interact with the locals and allow us to make new friends!
Rotunda of Illustrious Jaliscienses
This historical place recognizes and glorifies the many people of Jalisco who contributed to the history and culture. Although this is a major tourist spot, the history is rich and engaging. The Rotunda exerts its atmosphere through the engaging history, the surrounding colonial buildings, and the majestic statues that honor famous people.
Taking nearly 50 years to complete, the Guadalajara Cathedral is the most beautiful landmark that towers over the city with its outstanding build. Rich with culture and history, it’s an essential place to visit to truly feel the historical energy. Furthermore, it’s the most beloved and respected cathedral to the locals. As a place of worship, local communities flock here often. I highly recommend you come to visit on celebration days, for the heavens become a fair in the dark, night sky.
Templo de San Agustín and La Plaza de la Liberación
This beautiful, compact, white church is known for its frequent wedding ceremonies. Small in size, the Templo de San Agustín stands tall. Surprisingly, it doesn’t need to be huge and colorful to play an important role in people’s lives. Additionally, the Plaza de la Liberación is just a step away. What was once a 1980s architect dream project, it is now a tourists dream tour in interacting with local communities. With marvelous structures around every corner, you can visit these places while expediting your bonding experience with the locals.
This is one of my favorite things to do whenever I visit Guadalajara. Despite the gorgeous and illustrating sculptures, buildings, and architecture, the Vía Recreactiva is the main attraction in this inviting city. They successfully constructed a program that allows you to connect with the locals in fun ways. From painting and music to cycling around Guadalajara. You can bond with all ages. Amazingly, they make it easier to approach them and they truly help you build a relationship with the communities fast. By the end of the day, you will realize that you made more friends faster than you would have anywhere else!
Arcos Vallarta Guadalajara
Los Arcos de Guadalajara is the best place to visit. But, it’s not because it’s a historic emblem. It’s his personality. Los Arcos stands tough and proud! He is so tough that he stands there triumphantly over the surrounding areas. It’s not the beauty of his yellow, blue, and white colored frames that make him so special. What makes him so special is his attractive and inviting vibe that poses such a friendly atmosphere to its visitors. It functions more than just the first entrance to the city, but it functions as a gateway to interacting with locals. He has the powerful ability to effectively expedite the tourists and local relationship with ease.
Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento
The Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento was by far the most gorgeous temple in Guadalajara. With the stunning, breathtaking architecture and historic centre, many locals flock here to worship or to enjoy the many flea markets that sprout on the weekends. It’s the perfect way to hang out and shop with the locals. This place is so incredible and charming that it could make a non-religious person want to go in and start praying! Additionally, one of the many wonders that the noteworthy temple houses are the ability to transport you to a European city at first glance, for it feels so European and out of place. But, that’s what makes this temple so unique.
Just like the many special cities in Mexico, Guadalajara is amazing when it comes to opening up opportunities for tourists to interact with locals. Fortunately, thanks to the many programs and admirable attractions, this city has never made it easier to expedite your bond with the surrounding communities. What I learned spending time in this city is that the locals show interest in you once they see you making an effort to learn their history and visiting the many notable attractions that make Guadalajara so different. Furthermore, the locals will always smile at you and always smile back. It’s the constant authentic feel that never escapes your mind, heart, and soul.