An aquarium in a city that is not even close to the ocean? Of course! The so-called Pearl of the West is much more than tequila and mariachis, it is an avant-garde city where you will be able to find great attractions such as the Guadalajara Zoo, and in its aquarium, you will be able to see marine species from every corner of the planet which makes it the first landlocked city with an aquarium of this magnitude. 95 species of fish, in addition to sharks, stingrays and jelly fish live in the Guadalajara Aquarium, a marine treasure complementing all the other groups of animals in its zoo.
What will you be able to see?
The Guadalajara Aquarium gives you the impression of being immersed in the clear waters of a river or a coral reef. Seven of its 15 tanks are devoted to freshwater species, six to salt water species, and two to brackish water represented by mangroves. Along its panoramic tanks you will be able to see these species swim almost as they would in the wild. Don’t miss the 26 feet long transparent tunnel where you will see freshwater catfish, angel fish, arowanas, gars, pejelagartos, oscar fish, piranhas and stingrays swim over your head.
In the salt water tanks you will see the famous clown fish, triggerfish, butterfly fish, blowfish and surgeonfish; you will also see invertebrate organisms such as starfish and anemones. You will be amazed by the stingrays, moray eels, jelly fish and some samples of the most feared predator in the marine world: the shark.
What you should know
The zoo is located in the Huentitan canyon. Don’t forget to touch the stingrays and the sharks; do it under the supervision of the guides and the people in charge because, even if there is no danger, these are still wild animals.