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PresidenciaTlaquepaque, Mexico, now lies within the greater Guadalajara metropolitan area (map). It is, however, older than Guadalajara: Long before the Spanish arrived in the 1500s, Tlaquepaque was known for craft production. In fact, its name (pronounced "tlah-keh-pah-keh") comes from the Nahuatl language and means "place above clay land." Paroquia de San Pedro

Though now dwarfed by Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque has maintained its identity as a place apart, where wealthy Guadalajara families used to build fine summer houses to get away from the heat and noise of their growing city. Today most of the mansions have become stores and restaurants, hotels and public buildings. The result is a charming, colorful town that retains the ambiance of the village that it once was.

Store on IndependénciaVisitors are struck by the abundance of craft production and sales. “Here you will find furniture, from rustic chairs to elaborately carved cabinets; clothing, from embroidered peasant blouses to the latest Paris creations; ceramics, from crude pots to fine dinnerware; and a bewildering variety of items in leather, wood, paper, glass, metal, clay, and stone, not to mention such unlikely materials as straw and corn husks,” says travel writer Mildred Boyd.
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Tlaquepaque’s weather is mild all year long: January has an average high of 75 F (24 C) and low of 44 F (7 C); and during May, the warmest month, the high averages 89 f (32C), Tropica florathe low 57 F (14 C)(details).