The Colonia Americana, (Americana District) is one of the foremost artistic and cultural areas of Guadalajara, not to mention one of the pleasant and most strollable with cozy, tree-lined streets such as La Paz Avenue and Libertad Street.
True to its name, the district is home to the U.S. Consulate, not to mention a wealth of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, museums and art galleries. There’s a wide range of hotels (for a short stay) as well as beautiful houses and apartments for rent for a longer visit.
Among its notable sites is the Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento. This Catholic church, dedicated to the Saint Sacrament, was started in 1897 and not finished until 1972. Admire it for its neo-Gothic style and for the vendors outside, who sell tasty snacks suchs as hot-dogs, tacos and corn with cheese and lemon.
Keep strolling on the avenue Enrique Diaz de León and you come to the beautiful “Rectoria General de la Universidad de Guadalajara” (General Rectory of the University of Guadalajara) which is also a museum called “Museo de las Artes y el Paraninfo” (“Museum of the Arts and Paraninfo lecture hall”).The lecture hall features a mural by José Clemente Orozco called “The man, creator, and rebel”. This work of art was created from 1936 to 1939 and shows the revolution, the working people of Mexico, the mighty politicians and allegories of despair involving the revolution as well as human aptitudes and capabilities. It also features other rotating exhibitions, and is visited by more than 3,000 people from all over the world, every month.
In front of the rectory building you’ll find the principal offices of the University of Guadalajara.
The area is close to all bus stops and transportation systems that take you to other metropolitan areas. You can ride in the pre tren (semi-articulated buses) leaving from Vallarta Avenue to visit two of the most visited malls in town, “Gran Plaza” and “Plaza Galerias.” Take the “tren ligero” (light train) to the south and northern parts of the city and the “trolebús” (electric bus) which will take you deep into downtown.
And after the stroll, if you find yourself hungry, you can stroll a little ways back to Café Quimera on Lopez Cotilla street which offers tasty turkey, ham and chesee baguettes, pizzas, gourmet salads, cold beer and different types of coffee and drinks. Sit outside to enjoy the sun, your food and the passing scene.