--everything you need to live comfortably in Tlaquepaque
Apartment El Pinito - one bedroom one bathroom
his apartment is on the first floor, with the bedroom away from the street. It features...
One bedroom with a queen-size bed with large closet
Big bathroom with walk-in shower and bath-tub with hydro massage
Kitchen with all appliances incl Microwave & electric water kettle
Flat-screen TV 22" with cable feed
DVD player with movies
Patio with outside sitting area
High speed, wireless internet access
Linens, towels, kitchen utensils
the cost of all utilities is included in the rent.
Maid service, bottled water, and off-street parking are available for an additional charge
10 minutes walking from the center of Tlaquepaque
15 minutes walking from Guadalajara Language Center
Tlaquepaque ("Tla-Keh-Pa-Keh"), a fashionable colonial neighborhood in the southeast of Guadalajara, was once a small village in its own right, even in pre-hispanic times. Today, it's a trendy boutique shopping district offering fine arts & crafts, galleries and excellent food.
Modern-day Tlaquepaque has become an up-market boutique arts and crafts center with trendy shops and restaurants lining colonial-style streets and alleyways, plazas and gardens. The shops specialize in art and craft-work from all over Mexico, with a particular emphasis on ceramics, bronze sculpture, wooden furniture, papier-mâché, blown glass and embroidered cloth.
Although the old village has now been absorbed into the expansive reach of the Guadalajara city limits, Mexico's second largest city, Tlaquepaque retains the traditional structure of a small Mexican community: central plaza (Jardin Hidalgo), parish church, central market and old neighborhoods.
Its mansions and gentile style date back to the 19th century, when Tlaquepaque was one of the principal stops en route to Mexico City. It also holds an important place in Mexico's history: The Plan de Iguala, which set forth the foundation for Mexican Independence from Spain, was signed at the house on the corner of Independencia and Contreras Medellin Streets.
The look, feel and atmosphere around Tlaquepaque is distinctly colonial; there are various pedestrian areas, cafes and restaurants with outside tables where you can watch the world go by; street performers provide curbside entertainment while musicians' instruments fill the air with the warm sound of Mexican music.
Although many of the shops are closed on Sundays, the area fills up with lots of locals and visitors for Sunday lunch at one of the many fine restaurants here. Some people prefer to use it as a base to explore Guadalajara.
The nearby artisan village of Tonala, also known for its ceramics and pottery, is another interesting day trip from the center of Tlaquepaqueif you enjoy learning about and buying crafts. Don't expect to find the elegant facades and streets of Tlaquepaque—this is a working people's village, but the bargain prices at the local market make it worth it.
The colonial center begins at the Jardin Hidalgo, with its plaza, bandstand, gardens and church. Off here are several streets and alleyways that lead around the area of Tlaquepaque.
Museum in Tlaquepaque
The Museo Regional de la Ceramica (Regional Ceramics Museum) offers free admission and a glimpse into the different types and styles of ceramic crafted in Tlaquepaque. Like most museums in Mexico, it is closed on Mondays.
Many of the old colonial mansions have been converted into excellent cafes and restaurants. Sunday lunch is very popular here with locals and visitors alike; live bands can often be heard playing through the open windows and often a traveling minstrel will "do the rounds" at a restaurant offering to play traditional Mexican folk songs in return for a small charge per song.
There are many boutiques selling arts and crafts in Tlaquepaque. Some sell exclusive designs while others will offer more common, but high quality, Mexican arts and crafts. This is not the place you will find many bargains, but you can be assured of the quality and authenticity of the goods.