Tour of Southern Guadalajara (Self Guided), Guadalajara

Guadalajara's southern area is home to diverse attractions, including the Parque Agua Azul, the medieval San Francisco Church, the Museum of Paleontology of Guadalajara, the graceful Monumento a la Independencia, and others. From the Calzada Independencia Sur you can take a train to the land of tequila and have a grand journey. Take the following walking tour to explore Guadalajara’s southern district.
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Tour of Southern Guadalajara Map

Guide Name: Tour of Southern Guadalajara
Guide Location: Mexico » Guadalajara (See other walking tours in Guadalajara)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Plaza Juárez
  • Parque Agua Azul
  • Instituto de la Artesania Jalisciense
  • Museo de Paleontología de Guadalajara
  • Basilica de San Juan Bautista
  • Templo San Francisco de Asis
  • Monumento a la Independencia
Plaza Juárez

1) Plaza Juárez

Located in the southern part of Guadalajara, Plaza Juárez is a beautiful square dedicated to Benito Pablo Juárez, former president of Mexico who ruled the country for 5 terms. The square was designed by architect Julio de la Peña and was inaugurated in 1961 by Mr. Adolfo Lopez Mateos. It houses benches and gardens on both sides and a bronze statue in its center.
Parque Agua Azul

2) Parque Agua Azul (must see)

Located south of downtown, Parque Agua Azul is a prominent attraction and popular public park, divided in two parts by the Calzada González Gallo. This huge vibrant park covers 16 hectares and houses a number of interesting attractions, including the Butterfly House, Bird House, Orchid House, an exhibition room, an amphitheater, video room, educational trails, and a children’s playground. The park is a good place for rest and communion with nature. It is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
Instituto de la Artesania Jalisciense

3) Instituto de la Artesania Jalisciense

Opened in 1964, Instituto de la Artesania Jalisciense is a cultural venue dedicated to local traditions and handicraft. It is situated on Calzada González Gallo and was founded to promote, display, and preserve Mexico’s handicraft traditions. Here you will see a great number of silver objects, pottery, ceramics, blown glass, carvings, leather work, and textiles created by local artisans from the municipalities of Jalisco. The Institute is open Monday - Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, Saturdays from 10:00 to 17:00 and Sundays from 10:00 to 15:00.
Museo de Paleontología de Guadalajara

4) Museo de Paleontología de Guadalajara (must see)

Museo de Paleontología de Guadalajara, or the Museum of Paleontology of Guadalajara, is situated on Doctor R. Michel Avenue and was opened in 2000. This cultural venue houses a diverse collection of fossils from the mammals that populated Mexico's western area many years ago. Its seven sections display permanent exhibitions, where you will find fossils, mammals, fragments of animals, and other specific exhibits and treasures for this region. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday from 9:30 to 17:00; Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00; Sunday from 11:00 to 15:30.
Basilica de San Juan Bautista

5) Basilica de San Juan Bautista

Basilica de San Juan Bautista is a parish church situated on Mexicaltzingo Street in the southern district of Guadalajara. This medieval religious building was constructed during the seventeenth century in Mannerist and Baroque styles. The basilica is famous for its statues of knights, carvings made by Pedro de Mena, and oil paintings created by Zurbarán in 1661. Inside you will see the Baroque-style main altar, dedicated to San Juan Bautista, beautiful arches, Corinthian pillars, and a decorated dome. To reach the church, pass one block toward the east from the intersection of Calle Donato Guerra and Mexicaltzingo.
Templo San Francisco de Asis

6) Templo San Francisco de Asis

Templo San Francisco de Asis or San Francisco Church was founded in 1530 by Fray Antonio de Segovia and can be found at 345 Corona Street. This medieval church used to be a convent with the entrance on the south side. After remarkable transformations during the years it became a parish church with a splendid garden, where monks grew vegetables and fruits before. The present San Francisco Church houses three naves covered by fine paneled arches and rectangular tower. Inside you will appreciate the large gilded altarpieces and paintings.
Monumento a la Independencia

7) Monumento a la Independencia

Monumento a la Independencia is one of the city’s prominent landmarks and one of the most remarkable monuments, located south of downtown. The monument was created in 1910 to commemorate the centenary of Mexico’s independence and the abolition of slavery. This wonderful city site presents a pillar, which houses white marble sculptures of gracious female figures. One of them holds in her left hand a book while the other plays trumpet. On the main face of the pillar you will see a statue of Miguel Hidalgo, leader of the Mexican War of Independence. On the top stands a bronze figure of Victory with a book that proclaims the sovereignty of the country.

Walking Tours in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
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Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
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Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles