Guadalajara is the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco.The city's economy is based on industry, especially information technology with a large number of international firms having manufacturing facilities in the Guadalajara Metro Area.
Guadalajara is the cultural center of Mexico, considered by most to be the home of Mariachi music and host to a number of large-scale cultural events such as the International Film Festival of Guadalajara and the Guadalajara International Book Fair and a number of globally renowned cultural events which draw international crowds.
The historic downtown of Guadalajara is the oldest section of the city, where it was founded and where the oldest buildings are located.Within Guadalajara's historic downtown, there is a large number of beautiful Squares and Public Parks that are worth the visit. Guadalajara is the cultural center of western Mexico and the second most important cultural center in the country.Cultural tourism is one of the most important economic activities, especially in the historic center.Guadalajara has twenty two museums, which include the Regional Museum of Jalisco, the Wax Museum, the Trompo Mágico children's museum and the Museum of Anthropology. The Hospicio Cabañas in the historic center is a World Heritage Site.