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2011 Sep by Franklin Murillo
We took a morning bus from Manzanillo Colima into the old city of Puerto Vallarta. Luckily our hotel was walking distance from the bus stop. We booked two nights at Casa Dona Susana hotel in the heart of the old city. Lots of coffee shops, restaurants, souvenir shops and bars are found lining the cobble stoned streets. This is a nice place to be and you can try many of the great restaurants around the city. Everywhere I ate the food was great. One drawback is the humidity which you feel as soon as you leave your air conditioned room. I went to the airport to pick up a rental car so we could drive over to Punta de Mita in Nayarit. After our two night stay in this enjoyable city we flew back on Alaska Airlines to LAX. |
2009 Nov by Michael Novins
November 2009 -- I based myself in Guadalajara, where I stayed at Hotel Morales, well located in the historic center (http://www.hotelmorales.com.mx/). I visited the state's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the agave landscape and industrial facilities of Tequila (less than an hour by bus from Guadalajara's old bus station) and Hospicio Cabanas in Guadalajara. While in Guadalajara, I had dinner twice at Birrieria las Nueva Esquinas, known for its steamed goat, which was excellent (http://www.las9esquinas.com/ingles/index.html). |
2003 Mar by Joshua Stevens
During Spring Break of my last year in law school, my friends and I decided to fly down to Puerto Vallarta. Rather than party with the rest of the Spring Breakers, we left Puerto Vallarta after about 2 days and began to drive down the Pacific coast on Highway 200. We made it all the way down to the state of Michoacan and visited parts of Jalisco and Colima on the way. In Jalisco, we visited a stunnning stretch of coast called the Costa Careyes, which is about 1-2 hours south of Puerto Vallarta. Costa Careyes is a very quiet and tranquil place with colorful villas dotting its hills that overlook many beautiful ocean coves. We stopped at a very fancy exclusive resort for an octopus ceviche lunch and an ocean swim, both of which were amazing! After that we continued to drive south with no end destination in mind. As the sun began to set, we made the decision to stop somewhere for the night having been warned by the locals of the risk of being held up by banditos if we drove during the night. First though, our rental car's tire blew out, so we had to pull over and put on the spare. Not knowing how reliable our spare tire was, we decided we would just stay in the next town we rolled into. That town was San Patricio (also known as Melanque) and unbeknownst to us, it was March 17th . . .St. Patrick's Day, so wouldn't you know it, the town named after St. Patrick was throwing a huge fiesta that night! That night we partied with the locals in the town's bull ring, which included watching a bull fight, dancing to the tunes of the famous Banda Limon, watching the fireworks and eating some delicious tacos. It was a very fun evening and because San Patricio is so far off the beaten path, we were practically the only foreigners there. |
1997 Apr by Veikko Huhtala*
Puerto Vallarta is not a largest town in Jalisco but maybe it is best place to spend your holidays, at least if you like sea.|
On the way from Acapulco to Baja California we stopped for one night in this nice town.
There are also many nice beaches in the town full of tourists. We do not like them very much, so we did not go there, but walked around town looking old buildings and good restaurants.
1984 Jan by Jorge Sanchez
There is another city called Guadalajara in Spain, but the one in Mexico is much prettier (and more populated; Guadalajara in Spain has about 80.000 inhabitants, while in Guadalajara of Mexico live over one and a half million people).There is a Mexican song sung by the mariachis, very popular also in Spain, which lyrics say: “Guadalajara en un llano, México en una laguna” that I remembered when I visited Guadalajara.
Guadalajara was founded by orders off the Spanish King Carlos V in 1542, something that I read in its monuments in downtown.We (together with my Quebecoise girlfriend) visited the most important tourist attractions, especially religious ones, like the UNESCO Instituto Cultural Cabañas, also known as Hospicio Cabañas, which was erected by the Spaniards in the colonial times.It is a must visit in Guadalajara and one of the oldest and largest hospital complexes in the Americas. They compare its construction with Les Invalides in Paris and El Escorial Monastery, near Madrid.But what we loved most were the daily performances of the mariachis playing in a centrically located street, where they practice their art before playing in restaurants or when they are hired to play serenatas.After a two day visit in Guadalajara we traveled back to Mexico DF.
The Cathedral: t is a wonder, I would say apart from Hospicio Cabañas (UNESCO site) this cathedral is the second most interesting place to visit in Guadalajara.
It was built in 1541, but destroyed when some Mexicnans, in a fiesta, shot their pistols to the air and some bullets fell into the cathedral, causing fire. It was rebuilt some years later, in 1618.
The interior is stunning, especially the towers and the bells.
THE OLD PORT OF LAS PEÑAS: I had visited San Blas and before heading to Guadalajara I decided to spend another day in Puerto Vallarta for its relationship with the Galeon de Manila, or the commercial vessel that once a year, during two and a half centuries, crossed the Pacific Ocean from Acapulco, Puerto Navidad, San Blas and also Puerto Vallarta (then known as Las Peñas), to Manila, via Guam Island.I stayed in a hotel in the old part, called Hotel Bernal, which was not expensive (about 200 Pesos per a single). In the morning I walked to the main square, where is located the pretty Catholic Church Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, with a a beautiful crown over its tower.In the corner of that square I entered the Museo Histórico Naval. It was Monday and in theory it was closed, and some soldiers were cleaning the floor. I told them that I had to leave that same day to Guadalajara, therefore I could not wait until the next day to visit the museum, and I added that I was very interested in having a quick look at the museum because I was studying the history of the Galeón de Manila. And the soldiers gave me permission to visit it for about 10 minutes (what was enough for me) and to take pictures of the replica of the galeon and the main navigators who sailed from Puerto Vallarta, then Las Peñas, to discover the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii. I saw pictures and portraits of Miguel de Legazpi, Francisco Mourelle, Andres de Urdaneta, etc.I was so happy with that unexpected visit that I consider it the star of my stay in Puerto Vallarta. The pictures, paintings and objets inside were very didactic for somebody interested in the Galeón de Manila, as was my case.In spite of being in January there were many USA tourists around. It was not cold, but warm, although I did not see tourists swiming in the beaches. Most of them were interested in visiting the places filmed in the movie The Night of the Iguana, which featured Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr.In the afternoon I travelled by bus to Guadalajara.
IN SPANISH LANGUAGE: HOSPICIO CABAÑAS DE GUADALAJARA
UNESCO describe de la siguiente guisa este Patrimonio de la Humanidad: Este hospicio se creó a principios del siglo XIX para dispensar cuidados y ofrecer asilo a toda suerte de desamparados, ya fuesen huérfanos, ancianos, discapacitados o inválidos. El conjunto arquitectónico es único en su género porque, a diferencia de los centros análogos de su época, presenta una serie de elementos absolutamente originales, especialmente concebidos para satisfacer las necesidades de los asilados. Son especialmente notables la sencillez de su trazado y sus dimensiones, así como la armonía lograda entre los edificios y los espacios al aire libre. A comienzos del siglo XX, la capilla fue ornamentada con un conjunto de frescos soberbios debidos al pincel de José Clemente Orozco, uno de los grandes muralistas mexicanos de la época. Estas pinturas se consideran hoy en día una gran obra maestra del arte mejicano.
Curiosamente, conozco la ciudad de Guadalajara en México, pero no la española.
Llegué oscuro a Guadalajara y me quedé a dormir en un hotelito céntrico. Al despertarme, la primera visita que efectué fue a la catedral, para comprar un cirio, y luego caminé al “plato fuerte” de la ciudad, al Hospicio Cabañas.
La entrada era gratuita. Su interior era enorme. Había incluso frescos de Orozco y una antigua iglesia.
El edificio, en estilo neoclásico mexicano, fue encomendado al arquitecto valenciano Manuel Tolsá, uno de los mejores en el mundo en su tiempo, quien inició su construcción el año 1805.
Hoy su portentosa obra se considera a la par con el Monasterio de El Escorial, cerca de Madrid, y con el Palacio Nacional de los Inválidos, en París.
Carlos IV ordenó que en ese hospicio se aceptaran ancianos, enfermos, lisiados, viajeros pobres en tránsito, peregrinos, huérfanos, además de ofrecer educación para los menores.
Guadalajara es una ciudad muy agradecida hacia España; en diversos lugares vi anuncios, monumentos y placas agradeciendo al rey de España, Carlos V, la fundación de la ciudad en 1542. Un letrero gigante en la calle principal estaba escrito con letras enormes, y una larga frase de agradecimiento, comenzaba así:
- “DON CARLOS V POR LA GRACIA DE DIOS
REY DE CASTILLA, DE LEÓN, DE ARAGÓN…”
De hecho, por todas las ciudades de México se agradece a los españoles y sus fundadores todo lo que aportaron para su desarrollo.
Aún visité otros lugares significativos de Guadalajara, sin perderme ninguna iglesia o palacio notables, me paseé por el centro y entré en el mercado para prepararme un bocadillo de mortadela para el almuerzo.
Descubrí una estatua dedicada a Beatriz Hernández, que fue la esposa de un español componente de una de los 63 supervivientes que fundaron la ciudad de Guadalajara en 1542 (13 andaluces, 16 castellanos, 6 extremeños, 9 cántabros, 8 portugueses y 11 vascos). Gracias a ella se eligió el lugar, en el Valle de Atemajac, donde hoy se encuentra Guadalajara, y eludieron la muerte a manos de los indios, que los atacaban sin piedad.
Me quedé un buen rato en la calle donde los mariachis hacen prácticas para trabajar por la noche ofreciendo sus serenatas. Me complacieron cuando les pedí que me cantaran la conocida copla cuya letra dice: “Guadalajara en un llano, México en una laguna”. Y hacia media tarde proseguí mi viaje por México. |