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Western Guadalajara Tour (Self Guided), Guadalajara

Although most tourist attractions are situated in the center of Guadalajara, the western region can be also interesting for visitors. Here are located several cultural venues as the Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano and the Arther Gallery, as well as fine examples of contemporary architecture, the Torre Chapultepec, monuments and other attractions. Explore the western district of Guadalajara with this walking tour.
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Western Guadalajara Tour Map

Guide Name: Western Guadalajara Tour
Guide Location: Mexico » Guadalajara (See other walking tours in Guadalajara)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Parroquia de Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús
  • Plaza de la República
  • Avenue Chapultepec
  • Galería Arther
  • Universidad de Guadalajara
  • Templo Expiatorio
  • Templo San Luis Gonzaga
  • Glorieta de los Niños Héroes
  • Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano
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Parroquia de Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús

1) Parroquia de Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús

Parroquia de Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús is situated in the western part of Guadalajara, on Herrera y Cairo Street, and is an old religious building. This historic Colonial baroque church features two similar bell towers and a chapel in the center of the building. Inside this religious site you will find various religious items, icons, and statue of Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús.
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Plaza de la República

2) Plaza de la República

Plaza de la República is home to Monumento a la Madre Patria, which is one of the city’s prominent monuments. The monument depicts a female figure, which symbolizes Motherland and she holds in her left hand the national flag of Mexico. She appeals to Mexico's generations to protect, respect and preserve the country. On Sundays the square becomes home to the market "Trocadero" where you can find antique objects.
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Avenue Chapultepec

3) Avenue Chapultepec

Avenue Chapultepec is a well-known avenue in the city's western area. It is home to several fountains, a number of trees, shops, restaurants, and modern buildings, including Torre Chapultepecm, which is a fine example of modern architecture. Built after plans of Federico González Gortazar, the building features a glass façade and is 92 meters high.
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Galería Arther

4) Galería Arther

Arther is an art gallery which can be found on Vallarta Avenue, in the western neighborhood of Guadalajara. This art venue displays various art works, created by talented local artists. Here you will find antique objects, wonderful Mexican furniture and accessories.
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Universidad de Guadalajara

5) Universidad de Guadalajara

University of Guadalajara is the second Mexico’s oldest university and the fifth oldest one in all of North America. The University of Guadalajara is considered one of the largest and most appreciated institutions of higher learning in the country, where about 218,819 students study. The building was founded during the Spanish colonial period in 1791. This two story educational establishment is housed in the old French renaissance building and features six white columns on the upper level.
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Templo Expiatorio

6) Templo Expiatorio (must see)

The Templo Expiatorio is a Catholic Church of neo Gothic style and is considered the greatest work of its kind in Mexico. Its construction began on August 15, 1897 and ended 75 years later in 1972. The idea of building a temple dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament in the city of Guadalajara began in the late 19th century, when a congregation of Catholics formed a committee to make this temple. So the archbishop of the city, Pedro Loza y Pardavé, together with the commission organized a competition among some architects and engineers to select the project of the temple.

The temple's doors are made of granadilla wood, carved by Jesús Gómez Velazco, and they are incrusted with bronze high reliefs made by master Benito Castañeda. The three tympana on the church's facade are embellished with Italian mosaics created in the Vatican's Mosaic Factory. The central one represents the Lamb of God; the east, Saint Tarcisius; and the west, St. Pius X. They were designed by painter and expert on the Vatican Museums, Francisco Bencivenga, who also oversaw the placement of them. The church is made mostly of stone, carved as it was done in the Middle Ages. The huge, stained glass windows, including the rosette on the facade, were executed by Jacques and Gerard Degusseau of Orleans, France, according to cartons of the artist Maurice Rocher of Paris.

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Templo San Luis Gonzaga

7) Templo San Luis Gonzaga

Templo San Luis Gonzaga is a Catholic church that is situated on Alemania Street, not far from the glorious Glorieta de los Niños Héroes. Dedicated to San Luis Gonzaga, this religious building features an unusual façade, which has an orange shape and a huge dome. The church is home to one of the biggest domes in Guadalajara and is also interesting from an architectural point of view.
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Glorieta de los Niños Héroes

8) Glorieta de los Niños Héroes (must see)

Glorieta de los Niños Héroes is situated at the intersection of Chapultepec Avenue and Child Heroes Street. The landmark houses an impressive monumental work of 50 meters high. On the top of the high column you can see a pink stone sculpture of a woman, which represents the country, and she is covered with long tunic and holds a wreath in her hands. On her feet you can observe an eagle perched on a cactus devouring a snake. In front of the column you can see an inscription in bronze letters reading "died for the homeland".
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Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano

9) Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano

Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano is an interesting cultural venue, dedicated to the arts. Located on Avenue Mariano Otero, the museum is home to exhibitions and allows visitors to admire and understand current original artistic expressions. It offers three exhibition rooms on two floors, where you will see paintings, graphics, sculptures, tapestries, drawings, ceramic objects, and murals on display, along with diverse educational programs. The presented art works are created by local and foreign artists. The museum also houses a children's room, which was created to promote a love of art in children through workshops and various artistic disciplines. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00, and Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00.

Walking Tours in Guadalajara, Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Guadalajara

Create Your Own Walk in Guadalajara

Creating your own self-guided walk in Guadalajara is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Guadalajara Sacred Places Tour

Guadalajara Sacred Places Tour

Guadalajara is home to a great number of wonderful religious buildings, dating back to colonial era. Many of them are unique architectural treasures of the city and are impressive for their beautiful façades, niches, figures, elegant arches, and striking interiors. Follow this walking tour to find the most visited religious buildings in Guadalajara.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Tour of Northern Guadalajara

Tour of Northern Guadalajara

Walking in the northern neighborhood of Guadalajara you can find many interesting places. Here are situated historical buildings, old sacred spots, beautiful park, cultural venues, and more. Take this self-guided tour to discover this district of Guadalajara.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Guadalajara Introduction Walk

Guadalajara Introduction Walk

Guadalajara has plenty to keep visitors engaged, and it's in the Centro Historico – the heart of the city – that they'll find some of the most attractive plazas, the massive Cathedral, historic colonial-style buildings, and prominent museums. Here, too, are the strikingly grandiose murals of Jose Clemente Orozco, one of Mexico's three greatest muralists. Theaters, shops,...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Guadalajara Museum Tour

Guadalajara Museum Tour

Guadalajara offers a nice selection of museums, where you will find rich collections and exceptional exhibits. From contemporary art, wax figures and handcrafted items to paleontological objects and historical documents, Guadalajara has something for everybody. This self-guided tour will help you discover the most popular museums in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Tour of Southern Guadalajara

Tour of Southern 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...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Historic Center Walk

Historic Center Walk

Guadalajara’s central area is an exceptional region, where the past harmoniously intertwines with the present. Discover Guadalajara's history in its preserved colonial buildings, enjoy its beautiful squares, admire its nice fountains, and explore Guadalajara Historic Center with this Walking tour.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles