Mexico

Guadalajara, Jalisco And The Cities of Puerto Vallarta & Ixlahuacan

Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Ixlahuacan, and Lake Chapala in Jalisco, Mexico are beautiful cities rich in culture and history.

Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Ixlahuacan, and Lake Chapala in Jalisco, Mexico are beautiful cities rich in culture and history.

Guadalajara Cathedral in the zocalo of Guadalajara, Jalisco

I was very fortunate to spend a month in Jalisco. Most of it was in Guadalajara, while I was there I also visited Puerto Vallarta, Lake Chapala, and spent a couple of days in the small town of Ixtlahuacan. The State of Jalisco has mountains, forests, and beaches. Because of this, it is such a beautiful state, full of nature and life. I had many more photos I took while there, unfortunately, they were all stolen except for these few.

Guadalajara

This is where I spent most of my time in Jalisco, 3-4 weeks. During my time there, I traveled all over the city. I didn’t have a car at this time, so I walked everywhere I went exploring the city on foot.

The governor’s mansion
Che Guevara poster in Guadalajara
Guadalajara street vendor
An orange house in Guadalajara. Jalisco
Juarez y Zapata posters in Guadalajara, Jalisco

Lake Chapala

Additionally, Lake Chapala is Mexico’s largest freshwater lake and is known for its large community of American retirees.

A couple looking out at Lake Chapala in Jalisco

Ixtlahuacán

Ixtlahuacán is a very small town outside of Guadalajara. It is considered one of the most remote towns in Jalisco. It was a beautiful and fascinating town. I stayed with a family there for a couple of days and they showed me all around the town.

The town of Ixtlahuacan, Jalisco
Ixtlahuacan, Jalisco
Red and white stairs to a catholic shrine in Ixtlahuacan, Jalisco
A but on a leaf in Ixtlahuacan
The view of Ixtlahuacan from the top of the stairs
Lights from a festival at night in Ixtlahuacan

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta was such a pretty beach town. I had never been anywhere like it. The city is built on a mountain that leads into a beautiful beach.

Mismaloya Beach in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

While driving along the coast in Jalisco we encountered a waterfall with kids jumping off of it. It looked like fun so my friend Jeremy and I decided to join them. We met a boy named Jesus who showed us how to jump off the waterfall safely.

Jesus, the boy who showed us how to jump off a waterfall, this guy was fearless
Me jumping off of waterfall outside of Puerto Vallarta
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Matthew T Rader