The first thing that almost everyone asks when they hear you’ve just got back from Mexico is, “Was it safe?” Apparently so, seeing as we’re still standing! Our standard answer is, “Yes of course.” We then try to resist the urge to show them the Facebook album named ‘Gay Guadalajara’ – because then the next question is usually, “Guadala-where-a?”
Unless your geography is better than most, you may well be asking yourself the same thing. Guadalajara is Mexico’s second largest city, with 4.5 million inhabitants – second only to mega-metropolis Mexico City, at 20 million – and it’s also the capital of the state of Jalisco, which lies mid way up the country’s Pacific coast.
Not your usual holiday destination? Perhaps not for Brits – but tourism from North America is big business to Mexico. Many head for coastal resorts, including Puerto Vallarta, where gay and lesbian tourists have been flocking for decades. But Jalisco’s main city also attracts its fair share of visitors.