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|Guadalajara 2019 ISPA Congress - About Guadalajara|
Guadalajara, the soul of Mexico
It is known for being the birthplace of important and distinguished symbols for both, Mexico and the rest of the world: mariachi, tequila, and of course, charreria. Furthermore, it is known as the trading and cultural center of Western Mexico: the Silicon Valley of Latin America. Ever since its founding, when it was known as “Nueva Galicia”, Guadalajara has always been the center point for the area, which is the reason why it is known as the Western Pearl. (Perla del Pacífico). Due to its quality of life as well as its economy, this cosmopolitan city is considered the second most important in Mexico. It is characterized by its authentic colonial architecture, where every historical building has a story inside its walls and they remind us of the social, political and economic changes of our country.
Guadalajara is a cultural center of Mexico, considered by most to be the home of mariachi music and host to a number of large-scale cultural events such as the Guadalajara International Film Festival, the Guadalajara International Book Fair, and globally renowned cultural events which draw international crowds. It is home to the C.D. Guadalajara, one of the most popular football clubs in Mexico. This city was named the American Capital of Culture for 2005. Guadalajara hosted the 2011 Pan American Games.
Historic Downtown and Tlaquepaque
Visit two of the most iconic places in the city, where it seems that time has never passed. Go all over the most representative places around the historic downtown, such as the famous metropolitan Cathedral of Guadalajara, “Plaza de Armas” (Arms square), “Plaza de la Liberación” (Liberation square), and “Teatro Degollado” (Degollado Theater). Likewise, go to “Plaza Tapatia” (from Guadalajara square), “Centro Joyero” (Jewelry center), and “Hospicio Cabañas” (cultural center). Afterward, the destiny is Tlaquepaque, where you can walk along “Independencia” alley to go into all the famous shops and galleries, some of them run by well-known artists, such as Sergio Bustamante and Rodo Padilla.