This is a ‘runseeing’ tour of some of the main sights in Guadalajara’s Centro area, which is also the oldest part of the city. It includes numerous small parks & major plazas, and some of wide, historic streets connecting them. Note that some of the streets might not be bucolic, but they feature wide sidewalks. Use our mapped route as a guide to improvise and create you own or add on.
Start at the historic church, Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento. Using Av. Juarez as the connector, head east to Parque Revolución. Head east for 1 km to Av. 16 de Septiembre and the Guadalajara Cathedral. Continue east through the major Plaza Fundadores & Plaza de la Liberación to Plaza Tapatía. LEFT on C. Independencia, a major street, to Parque Morelos, a large public park, where you could do a 1-1.5 km loop. Continue north on Independencia to C. Juan Alvarez. LEFT for 0.6 km to Jardin Botanico. Continue to Calle Sta. Mónica, turning right to do a jaunt around Parque Alcade (and the historic cemetery west of there).
The final section is south along the major street, Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde, passing some of Guadalajara’s sights: Carrusel Monumental, Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres, & more. RIGHT on Av. Hidalgo to return to the start.
Add-Ons: Explore some of the nicer streets of the upscale residential areas just west of Centro: Colonia Americana, Lafayette, etc.
- 8.5 km (5.3 miles)
- Fairly flat
- Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento on Av. Juarez