Jalisco is Mexico – Brief guide for the visitor

Typical cuisine of Jalisco, Mexico
October 29, 2018

According to the secretary of national tourism: Jalisco is Mexico. We definitely have enough reasons to make that claim because the state of Jalisco brings together several of the cultural and historical traditions of Mexico. Without excluding or discriminating against other states of the Mexican republic that have much to offer, Jalisco has five Mexican emblems: mariachi, tequila, charrería (Mexican rodeo), typical regional food and folkloric dance (Jarabe Tapatío). As soon as it is said that mariachi music comes from Cocula, Jalisco, although several towns claim their origin. A national symbol that has been forged for at least 300 years and that gained worldwide recognition. Some of its most famous representatives are Mariachi Vargas from Tecalitlán, José Alfredo Jiménez, Javier Solís and Vicente Fernández. As for Tequila, we are speaking not only of the spirit par excellence in Mexico, but of a magical town founded by the missionaries in 1521 during the Spanish conquest. Today it is a cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Tequila “mezcal wine” has been produced since the 1700s and has become popular throughout the world since the 20th century.

The Charrería (Mexican rodeo) is the national sport par excellence. It arises during the time of the conquest in the sixteenth century with the horses brought by the Spaniards. Although their purpose was to transport and raise cattle, over time the Indians and Mexican mestizos began to look for new ways of riding horses and making their own saddles. Then it spread throughout the country thanks to the “hacendados” landowners who had free time and resources to practice their skills and invent new tricks. The charrería equestrian tradition was declared from December 1, 2016 Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and every year in August the National Charro Championship (CNC) is held in Guadalajara as part of the International Encounter of Mariachi and Charrería.

As for the cuisine of Jalisco, we have an incredible diversity of food dishes, as well as the mixture of races that occurred in the state, particularly Spanish, American, French and even German. This means that miscegenation was not only between Spaniards and natives, but it was different compared to the southern states, which are more recognized for their indigenous characteristics, hence the saying that in Jalisco are the most beautiful women and men more handsome. Many locals have European characteristics or are better adapted to the standards of Western beauty. The same goes for the traditional dishes of Jalisco, they are unique and arise precisely from that cultural mixture, we have the birria, the drowned torta, the meat in its juice, the pozole, the barbacoa tacos, the tostadas, menudo, huaraches, zopes , enchiladas, an innumerable list of typical regional foods that envy other states of the Mexican Republic. Thanks to pre-Hispanic endemic products such as corn, beans, squash, chili, tomato, avocado, vanilla and chocolate, traditional Mexican cuisine was also declared a World Heritage by UNESCO in 2010. Considered this same as an indispensable element of national identity.

The “Jarabe Tapatío” is a popular Mexican dance that is constantly considered the national dance of Mexico, and is best known internationally as the Mexican hat dance. The dance represents the courtship of the man towards the woman, beginning with an invitation that makes of this his companion to begin a loving relationship. It is said that it arose in 1910 during the time of the Mexican Revolution. When dancing, the man wears the typical Mexican charro costume with long pants and vest; While the woman uses a one-piece suit with a long skirt that usually carries embroidery and colorful ornaments that end up being very striking. All the weekends you can see these dances in the traditional restaurants of Tlaquepaque, Jalisco such as El Parían, El Patio and El Abajeño.

If we add to this that Jalisco has all the climates, terrains and landscapes imaginable, be it the fresh mountain in the western highlands of the Sierra Madre and Sierra del Tigre like Tapalpa, Mazamitla or Mascota magic towns. Temperate climate of the lake in the riverside of Chapala and Ajijic or the beautiful tropical beaches on the west coast as Puerto Vallarta and Cabo Corrientes. We consider Jalisco as one of the must-see destinations in your trip through Mexico. The people of Jalisco are known for their charisma, good manners and kindness. A particularly Spanish heritage.
For fans of ecotourism and extreme sports, we have Paragliding, balloon flight, ATV´s and horseback riding in different parts of the state. As for the offer of accommodation, Jalisco has a wide range of options. Because the city of Guadalajara is the second most important in Mexico, we have hostels for backpackers and cheap accommodation, boutique hotels, business class and even top luxury hotels. It will take a few minutes to search online to find hundreds of options. We recommend the search sites of Tripadvisor, Airbnb and Hostelworld to verify the best accommodation options at the best price. In them you can review travelers’ comments, photographs and even videos of the establishments.
As if it were not enough in Jalisco we have cultural routes of great importance. The best known for its nature is the Tequila Route that includes the valleys of El Arenal, Amatitán and Tequila, the ancient Tequila volcano, the western mountain range, ex-haciendas, agave landscape, rivers, waterfalls, ancient industrial facilities of Tequila, ruins and archaeological sites such as Teuchitlán or “Guachimontones” with circular pyramids and ancient prehispanic settlements that include the famous ball game, shaft tombs, terraces and buildings dating from 100 B.C. to 450 A.D. The place has a museum dedicated to the Guachimonton culture as well as guides to facilitate its understanding. The other cultural route would be the Highlands route or Sierra del Tigre where you can find old mines, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, cheeses and sweets typical of the region, leather, ceramic and wood crafts. The Mezcal tradition of Jalisco is located in the southern zone of the highlands near the volcano of Colima (Volcán de Fuego). There you will find taverns (small distilleries) that produce Jalisco mezcal with agave (maguey) varieties endemic to the region, such as the famous “Raicilla” in Mascota or the renowned mezcal “Chacolo” of the Partida family in Zapotitlan de Vadillo.

For all the reasons mentioned above, Jalisco Trip emerges as a company dedicated to providing a comprehensive, personalized and high quality tourist service focused on the interests of the visitor. We offer cultural tours and educational tastings of Tequila, Mezcal, Pulque and Mexican Craft Beer assisted by local experts in the metropolitan area of ​​Guadalajara, the main city; and excursions and trips to the magical towns of Jalisco such as Tequila, Amatitán, Chapala, Ajijic, Guachimontones, Tapalpa, Mazamitla and Mascota. Only a couple of hours from the city of Guadalajara.

We work with bilingual guides and trained drivers who will transport you safely on your trips, transmitting the culture, traditions and history of the places in a social, friendly and fun environment. We offer walks on foot or by transport, private or in groups, with food and drink or without them. Activities adapted to the client according to their wishes, interests and budget. Our main objective is to transmit the culture of Jalisco to any person or visitor interested in discovering the beauties of the State. We work the 365 days of the year.

Fernando Ayala
Fernando Ayala
Sociologist specialized in History of Jalisco and Agave drinks

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