Known as “the cradle of great artists”, Ciudad Guzmán is nestled snuggly between two mountain ranges and is overlooked by the extinct “snow” volcano, El Nevado de Colima, and its sister volcano, El Volcan de Fuego (Fire Volcano), the most lively of the 22 active volcanoes in Mexico. Ciudad Guzmán enjoys an ideal geographical location in a beautiful area mid-way between Guadalajara and the beautiful Pacific coast.
Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city, is about 60 miles to the northeast, and its modern, excellent international airport is less than two hours drive away. For all students attending the TEFL course, we will arrange personal pick-up at the airport and transfer to Ciudad Guzmán.
Ciudad Guzmán is the principal city in the regional area known as the South of Jalisco. This means that from the city it is easy to travel to many interesting locations and smaller towns in this area. Tapalpa, Matzamitla and Comala are three of Mexico's 33 "pueblos mágicos", or magical towns, denoted as such for the richness of their traditions, culture and atmosphere. And they're all only about an hour from Ciuada Guzmán.
Ciudad Guzmán is a city steeped in history and traditions, where old and new come together to make the perfect background for anyone wanting to gain valuable cultural experience while obtaining the skills and international certification he or she needs to become a successful EFL teacher.
The culture of this truly traditional Mexican city is kept alive by the small family businesses that still predominate in Ciudad Guzmán. Here you will find clean, beautiful, safe streets, where townsfolk make sure to greet each other as they walk by. Here you will see that the people still gather in the town square on Sundays to stroll through the main plaza with its traditional Mexican colonial architecture; socializing and eating traditional food like chili de uña tostadas, which is unique to this area, while enjoying cultural events such as beautiful folklore ballets or unforgettable mariachi performances. Nearly every day, here in Ciudad Guzmán, or in neighboring towns, the fiestas for which Mexico is well-known are celebrated, culminating in the city's famous October Feria.
While Ciudad Guzmán is full of local tradition and culture, it is also home to one of the largest branches of the University of Guadalajara, the CUSUR. This, together with other higher education institutions based here - including three organizations that are specifically focused on the training of teachers for Mexican schools - gives the city a young, lively student atmosphere. And, of course, all the conveniences of a modern city can be found here such as shopping centers, internet cafes, fine restaurants, excellent and cheap street food, and night clubs. Furthermore, Ciudad Guzmán is one of the safest, friendliest and cleanest cities in Mexico, unlike many of the country’s larger cities, which suffer from crime, pollution and traffic jams.
For those who enjoy spending time in the outdoors, Ciudad Guzmán is a key ecological and extreme sports center. It is surrounded by lakes, hills and mountains, the western part of which form the National Park of the ‘Nevado de Colima’. There is an ecological park within the city limits, which is a delightful place to walk or run. In addition, there are three ‘Ramsar’ sites close to the city - areas of wetlands whose conservation is deemed as being of international importance. All this means that it is within easy reach of the city to hike trails, camp, ascend the extinct volcano (4240m), go horse-riding, rock-climbing, bird-watching, swimming, and enjoy natural thermal baths, as well as participate in more extreme sports like para-gliding or repelling.
The high elevation (approximately 5,000 feet above sea level) combined with its latitude gives Ciudad Guzmán a nearly perfect temperate climate. Most of the year the temperature is around 75 Fahrenheit degrees (24 Centigrade degrees) and dry, apart from the short rainy season in June-August when there is typically one hour or so of heavy rainfall in the evening.
For those who enjoy the sun and surf, there are also countless beautiful beaches within a few hours drive from here. On weekends, students often take first-class buses to party beaches such as Manzanillo or Tecomán, or to relaxing virgin beaches like el Faro or Barra de Navidad. Other students often hop over to Colima City or Guadalajara to get a taste of big city life in Mexico. Either way, traveling to wonderful tourist spots is easy from Ciudad Guzmán.
The nearest international airport to Ciudad Guzmán is the Migual Hidalgo International Airport in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Several large American airlines fly into Guadalajara daily. They include Continental from Houston, Texas: American Airlines from Dallas Texas, Alaska Airlines from Los Angles, and Delta from Atlanta, Georgia. Other airlines, such as Mexicana, Aro Mexico and Canada Air, fly from several other US cities as well as Canada. Follow the link to below to Bing Travel to find the cheapest flight available today!
Mexico has a very good continental bus system. It is possible to travel comfortably and cheaply by bus between all major cities and towns. Generally, the busses in Mexico are on time and run frequently between the larger cities.
Remember that TEFL Training Mexico will pick you up from the airport when you get in and bring you back to Ciudad Guzmán, at no extra cost to you. For those of you who wish to stay in Guadalajara for a couple of nights before coming out to Ciudad Guzman, we will also pay for your bus ticket from Guadalajara to Ciudad Guzmán. The bus fare from Guadalajara to Ciudad Guzman is approximately $100 pesos on a first class bus, or about $10 U.S. dollars. The journey lasts about an hour and a half.
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It is extremely easy to travel to and from Ciudad Guzmán. We have a modern bus station with busses leaving for other major cities within México several times a day.
For example, there are services to and from Guadalajara through out the day, nearly every thirty minutes. The journey takes about an hour and a half. There are also frequent bus services to Colima, the state capital of Colima, which is about one hour away. Colima is known for its tropical climate, its cultural museums, and has the reputation for being one of the cities in Mexico with the highest quality of life. The journey to Colima is particularly beautiful as the bus descends from the high central Mexican plateau to the coastal area.
Many other beautiful colonial cities are within reach of Ciudad Guzmán for a weekend visit, such as Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Zacatecas, Colima and Aquascalientes, just to mention a few. And of course the well know beach cities of Manzanillo and Barra de Navidad are only a short bus ride away.
There are also busses to some fantastic little-known spots on the beautiful and still largely undeveloped Pacific coast such as:
Playa El Real. 10 km, south of Tecoman, just over an hour away. Open sea, good surfing.
Playa Boca de Pascuales. 12 km from Tecoman. Surfing beach for the experienced. The restaurant Enramadas serving delicious fresh seafood.
Playa de Tecuanillo. Narrow, fine-sanded, not-too-steep beach.
Laguna de Amela. Deep lagoon surrounded by lush vegetation.
Laguna de Alcuzahue. Lagoon 8 km from Tecoman. Visit the Crocodile reserve.