Jalisco is a western Mexican state fringing the Pacific Ocean.
The state is known for mariachi music and tequila, both of which reportedly originated here.
The capital, Guadalajara, is peppered with colonial plazas and landmarks like the neoclassical Teatro Degollado and regal Guadalajara Cathedral, with its twin gold spires.
The neighboring Palacio de Gobierno houses murals by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco.
Northwest of Guadalajara is the town of Tequila, surrounded by fields of the liquor’s main ingredient, blue agave. Several distilleries offer guided tours.
On the coast, the resort town of Puerto Vallarta is known for its beaches and water sports. Its Malecón beachside promenade, with contemporary sculptures, bars and clubs, is lively in the evenings.
To the south, the Costalegre stretch of coast is known for its clear waters and rich marine life, offering diving opportunities near beaches such as Tenacatita.
Inland, the Nevado de Colima National Park has 2 volcanoes and forested slopes offering hiking and mountain biking.
Guadalajara is a city in western Mexico.
It’s known for tequila and mariachi music, both born in Jalisco, the state of which Guadalajara is the capital.
Guadalajara’s historic center is dotted with colonial plazas and landmarks such as the neoclassical Teatro Degollado and a cathedral with twin gold spires.
The Palacio del Gobierno houses famous murals by painter José Clemente Orozco.
Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, in Jalisco state.
It is known for its beaches, water sports and nightlife scene.
Its cobblestone center is home to the ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, boutique shops and a range of restaurants and bars.
El Malecón is a beachside promenade with contemporary sculptures, as well as bars, lounges and nightclubs.