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Traditional Cantinas Tour in the historic center of Guadalajara

About

Spend the night living the experience of “Cantinas”, Mexican taverns that have a unique mix between the old and the modern, places full of culture and Mexican history. As a result of progress and industrialization in Mexico, the working class and the middle class emerged. Thanks to this, the cantinas emerged in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These places were generally located in neo-colonial buildings in the areas of trade and commerce of that time, what we now know as the historical center. On this tour, you will walk through the historic center and visit the “Cantinas” that are frequented by the Tapatíos (word for Guadalajara citizens). Enjoy drinks and snacks typical of the region. In the “Cantinas” there is no discrimination; They are well known for their friendly and lively atmosphere. During the tour, your local host will share the history, myths, and legends behind each place. An essential tour if you have a few days to discover Guadalajara.

Tour Information

Duration: 3 Hours

What’s included: 

  • Beer, Tequila, or Cocktail (3 drinks in total)

  • Bottled water

  • Mexican Snacks

What’s excluded

  • Dinner
  • Transport

Meeting point:

Teatro Degollado, C. Degollado s/n, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

End point:

La Occidental Cantina, C. Nueva Galicia 911, Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

Languages In-person:

  • Spanish
  • English

Accessibility:

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Health restrictions: 

Not recommended for travellers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travellers

Not recommended for travellers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Tour rating & reviews
Mary C
Mary C
A wonderful way to spend the day!
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Our tour guide Fernando was very knowledgeable on every area we asked him about, from the artisans to the history to the current economy.... You name it, and he knew about it! We enjoyed meeting and talking with the artisans, watching them work, and hearing their stories. We had a delightful lunch in beautiful Tlaquepaque and then fun shopping. The night before our tour I injured my ankle (later found out it was broken) and asked Fernando if we could stop on the way to purchase a cane for me. He did better than that and brought his Abuella's wheelchair for me to use! It was a life saver. If I could rate this tour 10 stars I would!
Nancy A
Nancy A
Tonalá & Tlaquepaque Fun!
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Once again Fernando has out down himself! He was our tour guide for these amazing locations. He took us to galería Bernabé where you will learn about 4 generations of petatillo artistry, a tortillería de flor, how Lupita are made, and all along the way we learned amazing history about both cities. A great way to spend a day!!! Highly recommend. Gracias Fer 😁
Ron
Ron
Fun Tour
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Ask for Fernando he is a great guy, and very knowledgeable! we definitely recommend this tour, well be back for sure.
Edmundo Yrigoyen
Edmundo Yrigoyen
Mexican Complexity Revealed
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Our guide Berenice Miramontes took us on this walking tour from Colonia Americana thru historic center, ended in front of the Cabañas museum. Her English was very good and her knowledge of history and architecture styles was excellent and very informative. She also did a great explanation of the murals and made them very relevant to Mexico and world history. She answer all our questions, we now understand Mexican history a lot better. It was very interesting finding out about the war of independence from Spain and the revolutionary war which was internal more like a civil war. In any case I highly recommend this tour and take good walking shoes!
Geraldine Aves
Geraldine Aves
Passionate & Professional
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What an incredible walking tour with Fernando. He generously shared his knowledge and passion for history and art with us. He made history come alive and culturally engaged us right from the beginning. We highly recommend spending quality time with a professional and passionate tour guide like Fernando.
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