Guadalajara Centro Carriage Ride

On Three Kings Day 2013 we decided to head downtown to the Centro Historico for the shear fact that there is ALWAYS something going on there during the weekends.

Even though we didn’t know what we would find, we knew it was a holiday, and somehow it always ends up being an adventure. This time was no different!

Three Kings Day in Guadalajara

We found an ice skating rink set up in one of the main plazas, and free Rosca de Reyes being handed out in front of the Cathedral! Of course, we joined the massive line!  

Remnants of Rosca de Reyes

The kiddo loved some cake, but then we decided to do something we’ve always wanted to do: take a carriage ride.

Guadalajara Carriage Ride

After the big success from the day before, Little Boy loved riding behind a horse, and we actually found out about a couple little places in town we hadn’t yet discovered. It was fun to be “hometown tourists”!  

Here are some of the highlights of the carriage ride in the Guadalajara Centro:

Avenida Vallarta is closed on Sundays for bike riding! This is a great activity in and of itself. You can bring your own bicycle, but there are also bikes you can rent.

Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento is a Catholic church not far from the Centro. There is a plaza in front of the church that often times has food stalls of street food.

Primera Iglesia Bautista de Guadalajara, or the First Baptist Church. We had driven by it many times, but it was the first time we were able to get a good look at the facade of the building.

Mercado Corona is one of the markets downtown. This one had a lot of food stalls. However, there are also handicrafts and other items inside. If Mercado San Juan de Dios is too overwhelming (it can be), then this is a good alternative.

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2 thoughts on “Guadalajara Centro Carriage Ride”

  1. !! TRAVELER BEWARE !! Do not have your cell phone out in your hand while on this or any open carriage ride in this city. Unfortunately, the practice of common street thieves is to forcibly snatch phones out of the hands of unsuspecting tourists. How do they do this? One of the many ways include taking advantage of the countless multitude of motorbikes all over the city. A rider (wearing a helmet which is required and conceals identity) will simply follow a carriage and wait for the ideal opportunity to ride up along side and grab the phone while accelerating leaving NOTHING for the victim to do. It’s an open ride and makes for the perfect scenario. Here’s the thing. The drivers ARE WELL AWARE OF THIS AND CAN’T WARN THE RIDERS because either they are in on it (as appeared to be my case) and they can’t warn the riders in fear of retribution from the street thugs / cartel/ whoever is behind the theft ring. Going to the police is a joke for too many reasons to list. Please note I asked around many different people and forcibly stealing cell phones A VERY, VERY common thing NOT limited to carriages and motorbikes.

    1. Hi David, I’m so sorry you had that experience! It has been several years since we took this carriage ride. Ours was perfectly pleasant but I appreciate your warning. It is always prudent to be careful with our expensive devices when we are traveling!

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