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 SideThe expensive part of Guadalajara with fine restaurants, luxury hotels, boutiques, galleries, and the Canadian, British, and American consulates.
ZapopanZapopan 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.
TlaquepaqueTlaquepaque, 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
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
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.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
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.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
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.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
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.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
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.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
No environmental hazards in Guadalajara, but Pacific hurricanes are a risk to the coastal areas of Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Guadalajara is a safe city in respect to terrorist threats.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
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.