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Jalisco, México

Tlaquepaque main street

Tlaquepaque (Tla-keh-pa-keh), a municipality of Guadalajara, has always enjoyed popularity not least due to its reputation as an important pottery town which makes and sells beautiful, hand-painted, distinctive artesanías. Given its proximity to Guadalajara, this quaint little municipality makes for the perfect day trip during your stay in the Jalisco capital.

Pottery is not the only thing that makes this a special place for visiting. You can walk the streets and find surprises around every corner. Watching the mariachi play is one of the Tlaquepaque experiences  you cannot miss. Mariachi is the famed Mexican folk music that originated in the state of Jalisco and is a must-see during any visit to this country.

Obviously, given its status as one of the most important pottery producing towns in the whole of Mexico, there is an abundance of stores and workshops where you can buy great (cheap!) goods.  There are countless places to eat, little museums and many places to just relax. Walk the infamous Calle Independencia, a vibrant pedestrian street lined with shops, restaurants and insta-worthy umbrellas overhead.