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Guadalajara: Mexican Charro and Charreada Cultural Tour

1. Guadalajara: Mexican Charro and Charreada Cultural Tour

Spend a day in the ‘boots’ of a traditional Mexican Charro and be part of a Charreada (rodeo) on a guided tour where you will learn why the Charro is a UNESCO recognized identity of  Mexican culture. Get picked up and begin your tour with a bit of city history as you drive through historic neighborhoods that were very important at the beginning of Charrería history.  Arrive at the Lienzo, a type of cowboy arena, where a Charro will welcome you and give you an introduction to the origins of the Mexican Charro in the arena’s museum.  See the fantastic collection of different accessories and traditional costumes that Charros use every Sunday in the Charreada, which is a competitive event similar to a rodeo. Get a lesson on how to use the lasso’s used by the Charros and learn the differences between a Mexican lasso and those used in other cultures in the world. Brush and saddle up the horses and see how they are chosen for the parade that begins the Charrería. If possible, ride a horse along with other Charros so you can be part of this exciting parade. Take part in some traditional tasks as your Charro guide explains each of the different activities that take place during a Charreria. Celebrate the end of this unique cultural experience alongside your new Charro friends drinking some tequila and listening to the sounds of mariachi guitars.

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Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque 6-Hour Tour

2. Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque 6-Hour Tour

Begin your panoramic tour by visiting the roundabout of the Minerva, the representative guardian of the city erected in the 50s. Continue toward the arches of the old entrance to Guadalajara, which marked the start of the Guadalajara-Morelia highway. These are 20-meter high neoclassical arches, where one can appreciate the colors of the coat of arms of the state of Jalisco. Head then to Chapultepec Avenue, the cultural corridor and one of the liveliest areas of Guadalajara. Continue your journey of old houses on Libertad Street, where you can travel to the end of the 1800s and marvel at architecture from the city's most beautiful time. Proceed with a visit to the Gothic temple of Expiatorio, also known as the Cross of Squares of the Historical Center of the city.  Continue to the Metropolitan Cathedral and discover the murals of the Government Palace created by José Clemente Orozco. Walk through Liberation Square, stopping outside of the Degollado Theater, headquarters of the mariachi galas held every September. Finish the tour in Tlaquepaque, where you can taste food in one of the restaurants of the Independencia, followed by some typical sweets in a local store.

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From Puerto Vallarta: Guadalajara, Tequila and Tlaquepaque

3. From Puerto Vallarta: Guadalajara, Tequila and Tlaquepaque

Discover Tequila, San Pedro Tlaquepaque, and Guadalajara on this 2-day, 1-night adventure from Puerto Vallarta. Begin your trip early with pickup from your hotel lobby, then savor a delicious included Mexican breakfast on the way to Tequila. Upon arrival in Tequila, Jalisco, spend some time exploring the home of your favorite drink. Walk around the town and visit the Main Square, the church, and other attractions, such as the famous Jose Cuervo Gallery. If you like, you can also purchase a tour to visit the tequila factory at your own cost. Next, continue to San Pedro Tlaquepaque, a beautiful place full of color, architecture, and tranquility. Enjoy time to walk around the gardens and taste delicious typical ice cream from the region. Feel the vibe of a Mexican town all around as you walk the cobblestone streets lined with galleries, market places, and mariachis on every corner. After this adventure, you'll be taken to Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco. Stay overnight in a comfortable hotel in the Historic Center, close to everything. On the second day, after breakfast, spend time exploring the Historic Center, admire the architecture, and take lots of pictures. After lunch, begin the trip back to Puerto Vallarta, where you'll be dropped off at the hotel you were picked up from.

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What people are saying about Zona Centro, Guadalajara

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 11 reviews

I visited this place with my sons: It was amazing to see the long history (since 1920) of the culture, traditions, and experiences of the charros. The competitive activities that include learning how to hold, carry, and throw a rope toward your target the charro way was exhilarating. But by far the most exciting competitive activity offered was the catching of the bull (not wild) with a team like atmosphere. I learned so much about Mexican history, tradition, and culture. Of course, the horse riding was beautiful as well. To cap off the tour, the charros gave a very entertaining speech and shared a poem with us describing the nobility that is exhibited by every true charro. I loved it so much that I plan to visit again to enjoy this Mexican tradition and culture that I hope more people visit and enjoy.

We had a slightly different experience due to covid but it turned out for the better! Our guide, Jesús, took us to a local lienzo for a private family-and-friends-only charro practice session. We still got to see charros lasso wild horses and bulls, but not everyone was a professional or dressed in full charro gear. Instead, the atmosphere felt like a big Mexican fiesta with taco, beer, music, and tequila. Everyone was so friendly and very welcoming to us - the only foreigners! Thank you, Jesus, for sharing with us this important Mexican tradition, and I will highly recommend it for anyone visiting Guadalajara.

Dante, our guide, brought us closer to the city with passion and very authentically. He reacted very personally to individual impulses from the group. Intercultural understanding awakened for the Wixaritari. Perfect for me and my work here in Guadalajara. Thanks also to Monika's great organization.

Great experience!!! I recommend it to anyone who wants to feel like a charro/charra for one day. We learned a lot about this important part of the mexican culture. Thanks jesus for a great tour!

Great overview of Guadalajara. Dante was knowledgeable, friendly, and adaptable. Comfortable mini-bus, wonderful customer service—we give them an A+. Thank you for showing us your lovely city.