Top 10 Things to do in Tonala, Mexico

August 19, 2017 Alida England

Discover the best top things to do in Tonala, Mexico including Tonala Craft Market, Independencia Avenue, Expiatory Temple, Cerro de la Reina, Centro Cultural El Refugio, Instituto Cultural Cabanas, Museo Nacional de la Ceramica, Mexican Food Tours, Teatro Degollado, Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour.
Restaurants in Tonala

1. Tonala Craft Market

Tonala, Mexico
Excellent
62%
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4.5 based on 129 reviews

Tonala Craft Market

Reviewed By Denise M - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

What a fabulous array of home furnishings and decor items in the shops, plus knick-knacks, jewelry, clothing, shoes, crafts, leather goods and so much more in the tents. It's huge so have a good breakfast (or buy one from the many vendors walking through the market or at the multiple food stalls), wear comfy shoes and a hat and take water.

2. Independencia Avenue

Tlaquepaque, Mexico
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
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2%
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4.5 based on 269 reviews

Independencia Avenue

Reviewed By casaecuador - Ajijic, Mexico

There are many beautiful shops here. Sergio Bustamente Gallery is always our favorite. He is such a wonderfully talented artist! What an imagination this man has! Don't miss this. Also has a very lovely selection of interesting jewelry. I received an early birthday present today, which I love.

3. Expiatory Temple

Calle Francisco Indelecio Madero 935, Guadalajara 44100, Mexico +52 33 3825 3410
Excellent
79%
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18%
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5 based on 1 reviews

Expiatory Temple

Reviewed By Rick H - Anchorage, Alaska

Cool Gothic style church in the historic center. Very picturesque and definitely worth a visit. Lots of other cool things to see nearby.

4. Cerro de la Reina

Cihualpilli s /n, Tonala 45400, Mexico
Excellent
43%
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41%
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16%
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Cerro de la Reina

Reviewed By Sany R

Locals recommended seen the Cerro De La Reyna. Save yourself the walk, get a mototaxi. Once we arrived the first thing I saw was horses and ponies. For a small fee you can ride the horse around the perimeter of the church. Not crowded at all (Sunday). There is a small church which was not opened. I snapped a couple of good pictures and headed down to the plaza. I do hope you get to see the horses, that was the highlight for my kids.

5. Centro Cultural El Refugio

Calle Donato Guerra 160 | Col. Tlaquepaque Centro, Tlaquepaque 45500, Mexico 562 7036
Excellent
60%
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4.5 based on 109 reviews

Centro Cultural El Refugio

Reviewed By packedandready2go - California

This view pertains only to the ceramic museum that is housed adjacent to El Refugio. Every year for 40 or so years the Center holds a completion for ceramic artists from around Mexico. The museum houses many of the award winners from this competition. The work is fantastic. The level of talent in these pieces far exceeds what one can see in the regional museum of ceramic art on Calle Independencia. I can't speak about the rest of the Centro Cultural El Refugio but the ceramic museum there is fantastic.

6. Instituto Cultural Cabanas

Calle Paseo Hospicio 8 | Colonia Centro, Guadalajara 44100, Mexico +52 33 3617 6734
Excellent
77%
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19%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Instituto Cultural Cabanas

Once an orphanage, this building now serves as a gallery of the famous murals of Jose Clemente Orozco.

Reviewed By RifkaRM - Mexico City, Mexico

Beautiful architecture and interesting cultural center, there is always something on display and activities, just the impressive Orozco murals are worth the visit.

7. Museo Nacional de la Ceramica

Calle Constitucion 104 | Centro, Tonala 45400, Mexico +52 33 1563 0911
Excellent
75%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Museo Nacional de la Ceramica

The National Museum of Pottery, seeks to rescue the beauty of pottery and the work of its masters artisans in Mexico. Promotes the interest of this endangered techniques, the materials, processes and traditions, reflecting the importance of pottery in the national identity.

Reviewed By locahermanas - Saint Paul, Minnesota

Worth the visit; most of the masters have work here. The spaces are lovely. Hard to believe there is do much creativity in this geographic region, and you will appreciate the work being done todsy even more after viewing these wondrous pieces.

8. Mexican Food Tours

Calle Juarez 145-11, Tlaquepaque 45500, Mexico
Excellent
94%
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6%
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5 based on 49 reviews

Mexican Food Tours

Come and enjoy a delicious culinary, cultural and artistic experience in one of the most beautiful landmarks in the Guadalajara Metropolitan area.

Reviewed By dmhyvhs - Portland, Oregon

We both were very pleased with Amaya's strolling tour to eating and drinking spots with much fascinating information about regional food, drink, history, and culture.

9. Teatro Degollado

Av. Hidalgo y Morelos | Zona Centro, Guadalajara 44100, Mexico 52-3-6131115
Excellent
75%
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3%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Teatro Degollado

Opened in 1886, this large neo-Classical building is home to the city's opera and orchestra.

Reviewed By JC_Lenero - Ensenada, Mexico

Built in the mid-1800's, the Teatro Degollado was to fill a niche for a nice theater in those days. Now Guadalajara has plenty Theaters but the Degollado is one of the most (if not THE most) notable one for its architecture and finesse of the interiors. Worth a few minutes to appreciate it and to go to the outside back of the building and visit the Fountain of Guadalajara founders.
... Of course worth even more if you get tickets for some events. We had the fortune to go to the Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad de Guadalajara and it was amazing! If you plan to travel to Guadalajara you should check if the Degollado has some upcoming shows of your liking and buy tickets ahead.

10. Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour

Guadalajara, Mexico 303-394-6920
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
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4.5 based on 666 reviews

Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour

Reviewed By Symmetria - London, Ontario

Strolling through the streets of Tlaquepaque, widow shopping, or searching for unusual pieces for your home is a wonderful experience. You can easily spend a day, or a few hours. Take a meal break in one of the local restaurants and listen to a women's Mariachi band - when available. If you are not shopped out already, continue on to Tonala for an array of "everything for the home". My friend ordered exquisite furniture made of termite resistant Primavera wood that was so reasonably priced. Although a couple of weeks late because they are so busy manufacturing, the furniture was delivered free to his home. We furnished and decorated most of his new condo in one day! In addition to well priced furniture, you can pick up glassware, art, lamps, tableware, wall decorations, and furniture - at most excellent prices.

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