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The best hikes from Guadalajara

Over the past months—with the collaboration of outdoor enthusiasts living in different parts of Mexico—I’ve listed some excellent hikes you can do from San Miguel de Allende, Monterrey and Queretaro, not to mention several really spectacular ones you can do inside Mexico City, without ever leaving town.

This time around, I want to describe some delightful places you can visit from Guadalajara.

pg9aThis is an easy task because La Perla Tapatía is literally surrounded by captivating canyons, waterfalls, forests, hot springs, jungles, volcanoes and much more. I’ve described 90 such sites in my Outdoors in Western Mexico books plus another 10 great places you will find in my Guide to West Mexico’s Guachimontones and Surrounding Area.

Why are there so many attractive outdoor sites within easy reach of Guadalajara?

It took years to figure it out, but I finally discovered that Guadalajara just happens to lie at a spot where all five of Mexico’s ecosystems come together. So, whichever direction you leave the city, you’ll soon find yourself in a different environment with its own flora, fauna and geology. It’s so extraordinary that I decided to call the area within a day’s drive of Guadalajara, “The Magic Circle.”

Here, then, are a few examples of great places you can easily visit from town.

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