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Jalisco is a Mexican Federal State that has two special attributes, its folklore and a drink that's known all over the world, tequila!
With 1.7 million inhabitants, Guadalajara is Mexico's second largest city. The Plaza De Armas contains some fine decorative ironwork and a circular stage for music events. The city is home to Mexican rodeos and also the broad-brimmed sombrero. It is also believed to be the birthplace of the world famous mariachi music.
After breaking with Spain, Guadalajara became the capital of Jalisco. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was the second largest city of the new Republic. The city successfully unites its centuries old history with modern times and today is considered to be a perfect example of both modern and traditional Mexico.
The Lago De Chapala is Mexico's largest lake and with its 3,000 kilometre shoreline, is extremely beautiful and boasts several large sandy beaches. Located some 60 kilometres from Guadalajara, it is also a natural paradise for a variety of waterfowl.
Music can be heard throughout Mexico and since the 19th century, the country's mariachi bands have performed at festivals, wedding ceremonies and indeed almost anywhere that involves fun and celebration.
For 400 years, the people in this 'Land of Tequila' have existed from the juice of the Blue Agaves. In the past, tequila was considered to be nothing more than cheap fire-water but today, it has become a popular drink throughout the world.
Jalisco is a country bursting with tradition, beauty and of course, tequila!