Mexico. What to do and what to see in Zapopan


When visiting Guadalajara, few people consider Zapopan. Most tourists stay in Guadalajara, the capital and the most populous city ofJalisco. At first glance, Zapopan looks like a neighborhood in Guadalajara, attached to it, neighbors and sisters. They are only separated by a street, but the growth of the former has been so great that it has gradually engulfed the surrounding populations. The question what to do and what to see in Zapopan It can be a bit confusing, since the guides don't devote too many mentions, but Zapopan hides things that make it interesting to visit.


Tour of the historic center of Zapopan

The route where it gathers the greatest monuments is the part thatZapopan arches by November 20 street, a street animated by the variety of restaurants and terraces it has. Today it is one of the most lively areas of the entire city.

From the Arches to the Basilica of Zapopan there is a walk of about 10 min, but before reaching it we can go through both the Museum of Art or the Plaza de las Américas itself.

What to do and what to see in Zapopan

Along the street November 20 We are the main points of interest. The tour is easy, it does not take more than 1 or 2 hours, but everything will depend on the stops you make in its lively terraces or in the colorful shows of the Americas Square.

1. The 20th of November street

November 20

2. Arches of Zapopan

It is the main entry point to the most tourist area of ​​the city. It was built by the Spaniards and measures 20 meters high. From the arch, in the background, it is possible to see the Basilica of Zapopan.

Zapopan arches

3. Museum of art

On the main street we have the new city museum, the art museum, a museum that feeds on new artists with somewhat surrealist exhibitions and varied themes. At the entrance of the museum, as a welcome, there are hundreds of bracelets with wishes of people who have entered the museum, wishes that you can make it yours if you change that desire and another one of yours.

art Museum
Art Museum

The visit to the museum is free and it is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Thursdays that close at 10 p.m.

4. Parish of San Pedro Apostol

The church dates from 1819 and is from style neoclassic. The images of San Pedro, San Pablo and La Virgen stand out on its facade. In front of her is escorted by two large crosses at her entrance. It is worth entering through the door of the square and watching the children play under the shadow of the church.

San Pedro Apostol

5. Municipal Palace of Zapopan

Although it was built in 1942 it was not until 1964 when it became the town hall headquarters from Zapopan. Initially the roof of the building is always exposed to the sun, but today it has a mobile roof that protects it from the weather. Inside the headquarters there are several ATMs and information about the city.

Zapopan Municipal Palace

6. Plaza of the Americas

Is the heart of the city, the one that gives it life, where people gather and where the party. Every Sunday there are shows in the square. Different groups dance under the shadow of the basilica to the sound of live music. In this party people get disguises, some as their pre-Hispanic ancestors and others as members of the orchestras. The square is filled with curious people, camouflaged in the crowd, but living the energy transmitted by this square.

Americas Square

7. Basilica of Zapopan

Its construction began in the eighteenth century but was not inaugurated until 1892. In it resides the patron saint of the city, the virgin of Zapopan. It is possibly the most attractive monument in the city, especially because of the impact it produces when you see it in the Plaza de las Américas.

Zapopan Basilica

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