Our best part of our trip was finding Adrian and Deborah for a food tour on Friday night via airbnb. This was such a great experience at such a low price. Wife and I got lucky and got a private tour. Such a nice family that grew up here and knows everyone. Had a great tequila / mezcal tasting and lesson at their lovely house. Adrian tried to have us drink more but we wanted to save ourselves for the food. Adrian actually asked if we wanted to do the tour with just him or with his family. Obviously we chose his family as they are so fun to be with. Unfortunately the first stop was so good we really stuffed ourselves with an entire torta ahogadas each. Then it was off for tacos. After 3 tacos the jet lag kicked in as we arrived that day on an overnight flight. They really wanted to take us to more places but we had full bellies and were very tired from our trip so they dropped us off at our condo.
We had the entire day on Sunday open as our flight was not until 10:30 pm so I sent a message to Adrian Saturday night to see if he and hopefully his family were available to take us to lunch and shopping at the Mercado San Juan de Dios. So glad that they were able to take us as the market is so huge, we would have been just lost all day. We started with a little shopping and then went to the second floor for lunch. Adrian set us up at a counter that allowed us to have some of that vendor’s food along with food from another vendor as they did not have carne en su jugo. Food was excellent and cheap, now the wife was ready to return to shopping. After about 2 ½ hours total we were done but the wife was ready for ice cream. Adrian told us to skip the market for ice cream as he had another spot to drive us to that did not disappoint. When they dropped us off at our condo and I asked how much did I owe them, they responded with an amount that was too low. I paid them what I though was a fair price which they were very happy with.
If you need any kind of tour, you can make up your own, send Adrian an email at “firstname.lastname@example.org”. He was born and raised in Guadalajara and willing to take you to other places such as Tlaquepaque or Tonalá. He drives a newer SUV with great AC and did not drive crazy like the Uber we took back to the airport. Adrian is listed on airbnb https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/197112055 but it is best to book with him directly with his email “email@example.com”. He is also very knowledgeable about lucha libre (Mexican wrestling) and can give you history and take you to an event. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2284057828272680&id=100000054554681&sfnsn=scwspwa