What Are Some Important Locations on a Map of Jalisco?


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Some of the most important locations on a map of Jalisco include Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Ocotlan and Cuidad Guzman. Guadalajara is the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco, and with a population of 4,365,000 as of 2009, is Mexico's second biggest city.

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Guadalajara is located in the heart of the state and is considered to be the birthplace of tequila and mariachi music. It is also a major industry and business center of the country and sometimes called the "Silicon Valley of Mexico." In the 1950s, old buildings in Guadalajara were bulldozed to make way for new construction, underground parking lots and shopping centers.

Zapopan and Tlaquepaque are two major cities in Jalisco which both border Guadalajara. Zapopan is located to the northwest of Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque is located to the southeast. Tonala is another major city in Guadalajara's immediate area, as are Hacienda Santa Fe and Lagos de Morena. Hacienda Santa Fe is located in the center of the state, near Guadalajara and its neighboring cities, and Lagos de Morena is located in the east of the state.

Mexico's largest natural lake, Chapala, is located on the border of Jalisco, south of Guadalajara. Ajijic and Chapala are two villages on the northern shore of the lake, where many retirees from the United States and Canada live. In the west of the state is a mountain range and in the south is the Colima volcano, Mexico's most active volcano.

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