What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

There are some great hikes-- you just have to look for them. Bosque de la Primavera, Barranca de Oblates. Nearby waterfalls and hot springs. Tequila, Tlaquepaque for crafts/gifts. Tapalpa for a cabin in the mountains. Within 2.5 hours there's a ton to do. - Feb 2017


Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Tlaquepaque,Tequila and Tonola are all easy day trips. For a weekend away, Manzanillo, Tapalpa, Guanajuato and Puerto Vallarta are all fairly close. And there's plenty to do in the city itself. VIP movies (think Lay-Z-Boy chairs and waiter service for the price of a regular U.S. movie, or less) are a favorite in our family. There's a new movie theatre designed just for kids, with a play area down by the screen and a giant slide going down the aisle. Colomos and Metropolitano are both great parks. You can satisfy your foodie cravings much cheaper than back home. Etc. - Jan 2015


Hiking volcanoes, visiting Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, mountain biking, going out to the coast, visiting Mexico DF, fiestas galore, Tequila, rock climbing, religious pilgrimages (the Romeria on October 12th shouldn't be missed), eating, the Day of the Dead, Tonala and Tlaquepaque, camping, and so much more. We will never run out of things to do here. - Oct 2014


The many parks. - Apr 2014


Drive to towns and cities where security allows, including Puerto and Nuevo Vallarta, San Miguel de Allenda, Guanajuato, Tapalpa, Sayula, Sayulita, and Ajijic. - Jun 2013


Too many to list. - Jan 2012


Listening to mariachis, going to the tiangui markets (like flea markets), buying Mexican crafts, seeing the ballet folklorico, good restaurants, eating fruit with lime and chile from the street vendors, tacos of all kinds, riding bikes on Sundays when they make about 20 miles of roads around the city for bikes only, horseback riding, homemade vanilla ice cream with fresh Mexican vanilla, going to the beach & lots more. - Jan 2011


There are too many to list here, but a few: exploring downtown, visiting the town of Tequila, buying cheap well-made goods in Tonala, traveling to the beach for a long weekend. - Jun 2010


Clubs, bars, restaurants, Colomos Park, many day trips/weekend trips to Morelia, Puerta Vallarta, Manzanillo, Guanajuato, Mazamitla, Tapalpa, Chapala, etc. - Feb 2008


This is the mariachi capital of Mexico. Also, tequila is from this area and there are many visits to tequila plants. We are close to mountains, the beach, etc. - Jan 2008


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