|Guadalajara city centre|
|Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL): 17 km from city centre|
The Mexican city of Guadalajara is located in the west of the country, and is the capital city of the state of Jalisco. Its main airport is Guadalajara International Airport, also known as Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport. The currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso. Mexico spans four time zones: the Pacific Time Zone; the Mountain Time Zone; the Central Time Zone; and the Eastern Time Zone. These time zones range from UTC -08:00 to UTC -05:00.
From the US, a number of airlines operate flights to Guadalajara. Both non-stop and connecting flights are available from a range of low-cost and regular carriers such as Volaris, American Airlines, Interjet, Aeromexico and Delta Air Lines, with the frequency of daily flights depending on the departure airport. Los Angeles International Airport, for example, offers multiple daily flights to Guadalajara International Airport from a range of airlines, whereas Volaris is the only airline to offer non-stop flights to Guadalajara from John F. Kennedy International Airport.
When it comes to booking flights to Guadalajara, visitors will need to consider what type of vacation they wish to enjoy. Guadalajara enjoys two distinct seasons: wet and dry, with the former occurring between June and September. Visiting at this time comes with increased chance of rain, however there are also lower hotel prices and less crowds. October through December can be a busier time, with good weather conditions; while this can mean higher hotel prices, booking both flights and accommodation in advance can mean bagging a great deal.
From Los Angeles International Airport, the flight time to Guadalajara International Airport is around 3h 15m. From New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, the flight time is 5h 55m, while from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Guadalajara International Airport, the flight time is 4h 15m.
Famous for its tequila, visitors to Guadalajara can enjoy a tequila tour of the city to learn more about the iconic Mexican spirit. The city is also known for its mariachi music, and there are plenty of places to enjoy this. Popular sights and attractions in Guadalajara include Guadalajara Cathedral; the Palacio del Gobierno; and the San Juan de Dios Market. The city's historic center is a must-see, with landmarks and points of interest such as the Teatro Degollado and the area's beautiful plazas – such as the popular Plaza Guadalajara – to visit.
There are plenty of accommodation options for visitors to Guadalajara, with hotels, apartments and guesthouses throughout the city. International hotel chains including Hilton and Marriott operate hotels in the city, while there are plenty of independently owned hotels and accommodation options, as well. Booking in advance is the best way to secure a good hotel price, especially during high season when rooms can come at a premium.