Frequently Asked Questions: Traveling to Guadalajara, Mexico

Frequently Asked Questions: Traveling to Guadalajara, Mexico


Guadalajara is a popular inland city, Mexico’s second largest, and capital of the western state of Jalisco. Sports, culture and commerce come together in this thriving, cosmopolitan city with a historic center. Visitors from the USA and Canada can refer to this handy guide of frequently asked questions and essential information.

  • A charreria with a lasso
    Rodeo, or charreria, competitions are held each Sunday in Guadalajara at different locations around the city.
  • Blue agave plant to make tequila Mexico
    Tequila was named a “Pueblo Mágico” (Magical Town) by the Mexican government in 2003 and is known as the birthplace of the drink tequila.
  • Basilica de Zapopan
    Explore the historic Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan which is a 17-century sanctuary and abbey located in the state of Jalisco.
  • Guachimontones Pyramids
    Tour the Guachimontones Pyramids, an archaeological site located one hour outside of Guadalajara.

What currency is accepted?

Mexican Peso (MXN). Major U.S. credit cards are accepted at hotels, large stores, and restaurants. It is recommended to carry cash for local shops.

Is there a Visa requirement?

No; however, a valid U.S. passport is required for travelers visiting from the United States and Canada.

What is the local time zone?

Central Time Zone (GMT/UTC – 06:00)

Can I get by without speaking Spanish?

Spanish is the primary written and spoken language throughout the state. Major attractions, hotels and restaurants will have information in English with some staff speaking English. Outside of the city-center English becomes more limited.