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For your diary: Guadalajara, Mexico

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Amelia Duggan checks out three things to do in Mexico’s second city in September as the country celebrates its independence

 

Raise a glass of Tequila next month as Guadalajara celebrates its rich cultural heritage with music, fiestas and fireworks.

International Mariachi Festival

Hundreds of musicians flock to the city during this festival to perform in its restaurants, markets, churches and concert halls, charming spectators with their colourful charro costumes and lilting, folksy serenades. Catch a gala performance in the Teatro Degollado, resplendent in its faded colonial splendour. (28 August-7 September) mariachi-jalisco.com.mx 

Independence Celebrations

While Mexico’s Independence Day falls on 16 September, celebrations in Guadalajara kick off the night before with fireworks and streets parties amid the colonial architecture of the downtown area. Pop into swinging Cuban dancehall La Mutualista to try out your salsa steps and sip margaritas.

Tequila Trail

Go behind the scenes of Mexico’s most famous export – Tequila – with a tour of one of the region’s historic distilleries. A day trip booked through Jose Cuervo begins with a train ride across desert plains and blue agave fields to the pretty town of Tequila, and ends with a tasting session at the company’s La Rojeña hacienda. Train tours run on Saturdays; starting at £60. josecuervoexpress.com

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