Guadalajara is the second-largest city in Mexico, smaller than only Mexico City. Steeped in history, it was founded by Spanish explorers in 1532, just 40 years after Columbus first set foot in the New World. Today, Guadalajara is a booming metropolis composed of a number of distinct districts. Each area has its own draw, and for a true taste of Guadalajara, a visit to each is recommended.
The city mingles its storied history with modern attractions. Parks, like Parque Agua Azul, and historic buildings, like Guadalajara Cathedral, abound. Murals and frescos adorn buildings, Internet cafes dot city streets, and both open-air stands and air-conditioned shopping malls provide visitors with shopping options. For entertainment and culture, try a Tequila tour, or take in a show at one of the city's beautiful theatres - Teatro Diana, Teatro Degollado, and Teatro Guadalajara del IMSS all host big-name acts.