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Archivo de la categoría ‘Guadalajara’

Getting Around Guadalajara by Bus

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Dozens of bus routes provide transportation around the city. As of March 2008, regular busses cost five pesos; there are also luxury buses (Turquesa, Tur and Cardenal) costing slightly less than 1 dollar. Look on the front window of the bus to see where it will go, and ask the driver if you’re uncertain. You can also purchase a route map (the Guia Roja Red Vial Ciudad de Guadalajara is one option, or ask at any magazine stand or one of the tourism kiosk downtown for a book with bus routes). Riding the bus also provides a good chance to see different parts of the city and get your bearings. Note that bus drivers will make change within limits, though after even a day in GDL you will find more 10 peso pieces in your pocket than you can dispose of.

One particularly useful route for getting back and forth between the Centro Historico and the Zona Rosa – Minerva area is the Par Vial Route. Westbound it travels along Av Vallarta and Eastbound along Av Hidalgo. In the Centro Historico you can catch it on Hidalgo up to the East side of the Plaza Liberación, where it makes the turn to head up to Independencia and back West.

There is also an open top double-decked tour bus (TuriBus) that leaves from the Rotunda and will take you past all the main sites on Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque and Zapopan and will also allow you to ride it all day, getting on and off as you will.

Local Specialties in Guadalajara

 

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Birria, tortas ahogadas, and chilaquiles are some of the most traditional dishes in Guadalajara. The food court in the Mercado Libertad is good place to sample the variety of local specialties.

* Birria Birria is a savory stew made of roast chiles, spices and traditionally goat, though you will usually be given other meat options like mutton or beef depending on the restaurant. For Birria, the restaurants in the Nueve Esquinas area (a few blocks South of Templo San Francisco) are quite popular (and quite good).

* Tortas ahogadas: these are sandwiches of carnitas and beans on a french style roll drowned in a savory chile and tomato sauce. Numerous restaurants in the Centro Historico specialize in these.

* Pozole: A hearty soup of pork and hominy topped with fresh cabbage, radish, onion and cilantro. There are some very good pozole stands in the food court of the Mercado Libertad.

* Mollete: A popular local breakfast food. A french style roll split and covered with refried beans then topped with ham or chorizo and cheese and toasted.

La Primavera Forest – Guadalajara

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Situated in the Primavera Sierra, 20 km (12 mi) west of Guadalajara along the Guadalajara-Tepic Highway. It is considered the most important national park in the metropolitan area and acts as the city’s lungs. It has a territorial extension of 36,229 hectares (89,485 acres), full of pines and Encino oaks. Inside the park you can see what was once the Colli Volcano. In this forested area you’ll find several mountain-biking routes, such as la Mosca, an exhilarating 25-km (15-mi) path that takes you between trees, around sharp turns and down steep trails. The Toboganes path is a meandering 35-km (22-mi) trail through the forest. Other trails include the Obisidianas, which leads cyclists to the springs of Rio Caliente – a boiling hot river, and the Tronadora, which runs along part of the Vigia 1 path in the El Centinela Forest.

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