Universidad de La Sabana
- 13 May 2021
Guadalajara is the second-largest city in Mexico with a population of 1.5 million people and is ranked as the 8th best city to visit in Latin America. It’s known for the tequila, mariachi, its rich history, and its traditions. What’s so unique about the city is that the city itself is very historical while it has managed to become the tech hub of Mexico, and therefore called the Silicon Valley of Mexico.
Guadalajara is located in the State of Jalisco, located in the North West of Mexico near the Atlantic Ocean. It has a humid subtropical climate meaning it has dry warm winters and hot wet summers. The temperature is high all year round with an average max of 27.9 degrees Celsius. The rainy season is generally from June until September with very common afternoon storms. A cold ‘breeze’ might not be a bad thing if you’re sunbathing at 25 degrees.
Guadalajara is in a municipality almost entirely urbanized. The flora and fauna can only be found in one of the seven protected natural areas. The animals living in this area are mainly reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish. In addition, there are larger animals found like deers, collard peccary, cougar, lynx, coyotes, and more.
Guadalajara is by many seen as the cultural center of Mexico. It’s where the mariachi music originated and where many large cultural events are held, such as the Guadalajara International Film Festival, Guadalajara International Book Fair, and globally renowned cultural events. Not only Mexicans come to visit these events, but many from all around the world.
Guadalajara is home to not one but four professional football teams. One of those is Universidad de Guadalajara, a local university in the city. Football (soccer) is an important aspect of the Mexican culture and every match will be watched with a large beer and a jersey of the local team. People in Guadalajara are known to be very attached to traditions, have a strong religious background, are very friendly, and always try to help you as well as possible. Men are honorable and hard-working to keep integrity and family honor. There is an old saying that goes: “Guadalajara has the most beautiful women of all the country”. This is of course based on opinions, so you should come and judge for yourself ;).
As an international in Guadalajara you might be thrilled to go explore the city. Luckily is the city’s center strategically made with four magnificent squares, easily connected with the main tourist attractions set around them. The most touristic sight would be the Cathedral of Guadalajara at Plaza de Armas. Then you should also stop by the Government Palace that’s located on the same square. Other unbelievable visits should be at The Churches of Santa Monica, the world’s largest indoor market San Juan de Dios Market, and Cabañas Cultural Center. And to top it all off (you won’t believe this),
Guadalajara is near a small town that has given you the best nights of your life but also made you throw up more times than you have liked. TEQUILA. Yes, Tequila. There is no way that you can go to Guadalajara without spending a day in the town equally named as the famous spirit: Tequila. Many companies organize very affordable tours to visit the factory and the small town. You will be brought home, so there is no chance escaping this one.
Mexico is also known for its high-income inequality. This means that you can live with little money but also spend a lot if you like. It’s all based on your own lifestyle. You are probably lucky if you have some spare euros left in the back since these will be more valuable when you are in Mexico. The average income in Mexico is almost 700 EUR and the cost of living is, therefore, a lot lower. Below is an indication given of different prices.
Basic lunch menu with a drink 4.95 EUR
Big Mac Meal 3.57 EUR
Basic dinner for two 13 EUR
Single student room 200-300 EUR
Internet 8Mbps 16 EUR
1 pair of jeans 41 EUR
1 pair of sports shoes 60 EUR
1 liter of gas 0.77 EUR
Monthly ticket public transport 19 EUR
8km taxi trip 4.54 EUR
2 tickets to the movies 6 EUR
1 beer in neighborhood pub 1.56 EUR