Tlaquepaque – a place you’ve probably never heard of. It’s a small village south of Guadalajara, Mexico. It forms part of the three “Tapatio” historical centers: Zapopan, Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque.
It is famous for its art and culture as you can find a lot of craft shops, art galleries, churches and typical restaurants. If you like admiring colonial architecture, wandering through alleyways and relax on plazas and gardens, you’re in the right place.
Today I’m going to guide you around the village, so you are able to make the most of your time here.
1. Plaza Jardín Hidalgo
This is the main square of Tlaquepaque and one one of the most important meeting places of both locals and tourists. It was built in 1950 and accommodates four different small gardens (Spanish: jardín).
You will find a pretty gazebo in the center of the square and can spot two churches from here which we are going to visit next: Parroquia San Pedro Tlaquepaque and Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad.
If you are lucky, you are able to see something traditional about Mexico here: 5 people high up in the air. One of them making the music and the other ones head up first on a rope going down slowly: The Dance of the Flyers.
2. Parroquia San Pedro Tlaquepaque
This building is a mix of byzantine, baroque and roman style and was built in between 1670 and 1813.
Inside you are able to find an altar for Nuestra Señora Guadalupe as well as oil paintings.
3. Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad
Our next stop is a church which was constructed in the 18th century. It is famous for its oil paintings and sculptures inside.
4. Casa del Artesano
This house is a place to admire local art. It was created to support artists and promote local art. You are able to find typical craft work of San Pedro Tlaquepaque.
You can buy different kinds of art like glass, wood or ceramics among others or just have a look around.
5. Calle Independencia
This is the busiest street in town. It is a pedestrian street which offers a lot of different art galleries and crafts shops. Just window-shop, buy something or if you are an artist yourself, get some inspiration in those galleries.
The architecture of the street is worth to mention as well, if you like colonial architecture, you will not be able to stop looking. Neither miss the sculptures on the way.
6. Museo Regional de la Ceramica
This museum is all about regional ceramics and offers eight different exhibition rooms accommodating ceramics from different Mexican regions.
7. Casa Historica
We continue our walk to the Casa Historica – the historical house. It is a colonial mansion with a historical meaning. The agreement of the “Plan de Iguala”, the consummation of Mexico’s independence was signed here.
8. El Parian
El Parian is the symbol of Tlaquepaque. It is a market style hall which was built in the 19th century. Inside you can find 18 restaurants and bars. The best time to go is at night to be able to listen to Mariachi music and seeing some folkloric dances.
9. City Hall
Last but not least, you are going to see a pretty colonial building. The city hall and seat of the local government.
The village is small and you can do this tour in one morning or afternoon, but take your time, so you won’t miss the little details which make this place so special.
The best way to get around Guadalajara and down to Tlaquepaque is in an Uber. You can choose between shared rides (UberPool) and private rides.
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