On a recent trip abroad, MIKE TAYLOR took a closer look at bus services in Mexico’s second city, sampling some of its services.

The electronic destination display suggests this is route 629 to Zapopan. Mercedes-Benz Marcopolo (722-384-6) ‘Mi Transporte’ green livery.

Guadalajara (population 1.5m) is the second biggest city in Mexico and state capital of Jalisco. Its economy is based upon manufacturing, cars and textiles, but its growth industry is technology, with the city gaining the nickname of "The Silicon Valley of Mexico."

The city attracts three million visitors per year, with a mixture of business and leisure. Born and bred in Birmingham, Britain’s second city, I expected a large urban and industrial area, which is what I got. But I also found historic squares, street cafes, parks and open spaces with sub-tropical vegetation, friendly and hospitable people. I would visit the city again.

Sightseeing buses

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