Guadalajara: The city of Roses.
January 1, 1970
by Mariana Solis Chong
The City of Roses, full of culture and traditions, folklore, gastronomy and much tequila, that is Guadalajara. A city that when i step on their land made me feel Tapatía. Surroundings decorated with agave, the plant that represents this tequilera city, you can feel the mariachi music and feel welcome.
The amount of food and dishes I tried were enough to take a good taste. Upon my arrival I asked around what would be the most typical to eat and where, to which they responded, “Tortas Ahogadas” something characteristic of this torta is, that is served in soup dishes and bathe in a tomato sauce flavored and add a lot of chili, the combination is exquisite and unique to something beyond tried before, I tasted the tortas at the restaurant “Las Famosas” an open-air, quiet and traditional place. Among other dishes I tried was the Birria a very tapatío saucer, you can eat it with tacos, shredded and accompanied by a spicy sauce, this dish especially left me with a sensitive stomach pain because of the amount of chili, but nothing that is not worth the rock. Since it is a city well known for its tequila, you have to take at least one shot and try the famous and traditional Tejuino an exotic drink from the Perla Tapatia, is made based on the fermentation of corn and brown sugar, with the heat and long walks it was necessary and very tasty.
the winter bid farewell and led into spring, during my stay in Guadalajara the weather was very irregular, you can feel the heat, but not to leave the coat saved, the weather depended a lot on the area where I was.
WHAT TO DO
The historic center of Guadalajara is the first stop on the list, the main square is a visual delight, there you will find the “Catedral Basílica de la Asunción de María Santísima”, the largest and one of the most representative buildings of the city, its neo-gothic architecture and rich history. You’ll also find the famous “Teatro Degollado”, an architectural beauty in a neoclassical style, upon entering it transports you to another era, its design and size takes your breath away, the property is the scene of regular concerts, classical and contemporary dances, also it is headquarters of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco. The Government Palace, its history was the one that surprised me the most; on his clock located atop the building there is a little souvenir that leave the troops of Pancho Villa, a gun shot that stopped time 100 years ago and to date continues, simply amazing. Another stop is the Hospicio Cabañas, to reach this you walk about a long corridor and along the way can be seen in the open, bronze sculptures by local artist Alejandro Colunga, with forms of characters from the underworld, small pieces of art worth admire, and that’s just a sample of what happens inside the enclosure; at the Hospice, guidelines are offered to visit the place, as it have a lot to tell and deserves to be heard. Within the place some of the most important murals by Jose Clemente Orozco who turned this Hospice into a Cultural Institute, which is split in rooms for temporary exhibitions.
The Guadalajara Zoo was the perfect escape to have some contact with nature, the place is huge and to pan, it offer several ways to do it, whether walking, with a tour type safari and a sky zoo, that you can see it from the heights. There are a variety of animals they have, you will see from polar bears, giraffes, elephants, tigers, monkeys and even Australian kangaroos, animals that usually you would not see in ecosystems such as Guadalajara. It also has a viewpoint overlooking La Barranca de Huentitán, a very famous canyon.
NIGHT, MUSIC AND SPORTS.
A mixture of absolute fun, Guadalajara personally has one of the best nights of Mexico. I went to visit Chapultepec or “Chapu” as people call it, is located in the downtown area of Guadalajara, is the meeting point of the Tapatíos , and what can i say, you are in for a crazy night. The surroundings area is full of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, you can find something for all tastes and have a catalog to choose from. Near there is a boulevard, in which over the weekends local artists, whether musicians, painters, artisans and dancers perform and show their work to entertain the visitors, is very entertaining to see it and makes the night more enjoyable, the place has a hipster vibe and very relaxed.
If your kind of night is a little more fancier, the perfect place is in the municipality of Zapopan, Jalisco. There you will find the Mall Andares or Aqueduct Avenue, here is the meeting point of the socialite Tapatia. In Paseo Andares, are located the best clothing stores and restaurants, if you are looking for luxury this is your ideal place. As for clubs, it is the famous “La Santa” which means holy and the only holy that place have is the name, here you can spend a night of vices, alcohol, electronic and dance music, a place that you should not miss if you are in the city. Also you can go to “Vango” a very exclusive night club and one of the best when it comes to party. During the night, they will be your place if you like to spend a good time.
Guadalajara is also known for the sport and for football, if you’re a fan, you cannot miss visiting the Omnilife stadium, is the Tapatíos pride in its size and architecture. Also why not take some time to watch the home team play, is one of the most famous and winners teams in México, Las Chivas, I happened to go see them play and the atmosphere is friendly and familiar, tickets are somewhat expensive, any area you choose inside the stadium but worth entering and admire the complex and enjoy a good quality of football.