Guadalajara, the birthplace of tequila, is Mexico’s second biggest city. Thanks to the growing industries such as electronic, pharmaceuticals, food processing, and fashion, it has become one of the fastest growing metropolis. Although Guadalajara is known to be a safe city, it is important to take the usual precautions as in any other big city. The most common crime against visitors are purse snatching and pickpocketing in busy areas and outdoor restaurants. Accidental spills tend to be a way to distract the victim, so if anyone spill something on you, be alert and take precautions.


Zona Centro

Located in the heart of the city with its historical sites, the Zona Centro is formed by numerous old and modern buildings, temples, monuments and plazas that express Guadalajara’s folklore, history, and cultural richness. Some highly recommended sites are: Catedral Metropolitana, Teatro Degollado, Biblioteca Iberoamericana, Templo Expiatorio, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Plaza de los Mariachis, and Plaza Tapatía among others.

Theft is very common in this area as it is a crowded, tourist zone.

West Side

The expensive part of Guadalajara with fine restaurants, luxury hotels, boutiques, galleries, and the Canadian, British, and American consulates.


Zapopan is a suburb of Guadalajara well known for its growing artistic and nightlife scene and only 30 minutes away from downtown Guadalajara. You can find the 18th century basilica and some other interesting buildings grouped around the basilica that can be sightseen on foot.


Tlaquepaque, an artistic and historical zone, is located in the south of Guadalajara. It is well known for its pottery, blown-glass, and mariachi bands. Here, you can find the National Ceramics Awards museum, a variety of artisanal shops, and The Parian, a square building with 17 restaurant-bars and a kiosk in the center where mariachi bands play for the customers.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Guadalajara is overall a safe city; however, the most common type of personal threat is the wrong-place/wrong-time type of violence. There has also been a growth in drug-related crimes.  The most frequently non-violent crime reported in the city is robbery, auto-part theft, and telephonic extortion.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : N/A

Criminals tend to work in teams and focus on tourists in busy/crowded places to steal items, and they typically use motorcycles for a quick escape. Accidental spills are also a popular method used to distract the victims. If anyone spills something on you, step away and be alert.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : N/A

Kidnapping is a consistent problem in Guadalajara. Do not share any personal information, and any virtual or real kidnapping must be immediately reported to the police and your consulate.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : N/A

Telephonic extortion, which can present itself in different forms, continues to escalate. The caller tricks the victim into transferring money by, for example, pretending to be a member of a well-known cartel and demanding ransom for the release of the supposed victim. Some might even send texts from stolen or lost phones.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : N/A

Taxi service operated from marked and registered taxi sitios (stand) is reliable and safe. Uber is also popular. Public transportation is generally unsafe for travelers as pickpocketing, bag-snatching, and armed robberies are common on buses. However, charter buses are safe.


No environmental hazards in Guadalajara, but Pacific hurricanes are a risk to the coastal areas of Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : N/A

Guadalajara is a safe city in respect to terrorist threats.


Overall, it is safe for women to travel in Guadalajara, but it is important to stay alert at all times, especially on public transportation. Reports of sexual harassment occur mostly in bars and nightclubs, and the predators target intoxicated travelers.


Useful Information

All visitors to Mexico will be issued a traveler’s permit upon arrival (costing about USD 15). Some nationalities require Visas, but citizens of the US, Canada, EU, Israel and Japan are exempted. is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso or MXN M$. As of June 2016, 1 Us Dollar= 18.6 MXN. Mexico is an inexpensive country to visit, they are many cheap accommodations for backpackers and those travelling on a shoestring. There are also many options for those who want to spend more money on their trip. Expect to pay from 800 MXN to 2000 MXN per day.
Mexico City and other large cities can be visited year long. Between December and April is the country’s high season, particularly in the Yucatan peninsula. Cabo is best visited between October and March.
The main international airports are in Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Tijuana. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page