Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Panteón de Belén

At a Glance

This 19th-century cemetery-turned-historical museum is something to do in Guadalajara that will take you off the beaten path.

Street View

Address

Belén #684 Centro, Guadalajara

Phone

331-594-3652

More Info

1. Take the Chapala Plus direct bus from Ajijic or Chapala.

There are a couple different classes and routes that the buses take to Guadalajara, so to ensure you’re on the right one it’s probably best to board at the station in Ajijic or Chapala, instead of one of the many stops along the highway.

From Ajijic, the quickest route is the direct first-class bus which bypasses Chapala and heads to Guadalajara via the libramiento. It takes about an hour to reach the “old” bus station there, called the central vieja.

2. Take a taxi or get an uber to the Pantéon de Belén

Once you’re at the old bus station in Guadalajara, get a taxi from one of the taxi stands on the north or south sides of the station. Here is the north side:

Then tell your driver you want to go to the Panteón de Belén (Pan-teeh-ON de Beeh-LEN). It’s about a 15-20 minute ride on a day without traffic.

The outside of the building is a long, red wall and half-way down you’ll find the entryway:

Tour Times

Tues-Sat: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thurs, Fri, Sat: Nighttime tours also available at 8:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Photos

The cemetery is in the shape of a square, with two sides lined with columns and tombs.

The cemetery is in the shape of a square, with two sides lined with columns and tombs.

The cemetery used to house the remains of some of some of Jalisco's most important historical figures.

The cemetery used to house the remains of some of some of Jalisco's most important historical figures.

Today, the cemetery is a historical museum, offering day- and nighttime tours that explore Guadalajara's past.

Today, the cemetery is a historical museum, offering day- and nighttime tours that explore Guadalajara's past.

Visitors often leave offerings on the tomb for Joseph Johnston and Jean Young Johnston, a Scottish couple who helped the poor in Guadalajara.

Visitors often leave offerings on the tomb for Joseph Johnston and Jean Young Johnston, a Scottish couple who helped the poor in Guadalajara.

The spooky nighttime tours given around the Day of the Dead are especially popular.

The spooky nighttime tours given around the Day of the Dead are especially popular.

A tomb for a little girl.

A tomb for a little girl.

Toys left on the tomb of el Niño Nachito, a five-year-old boy who died in 1882.

These toys have been left on the tomb of el Niño Nachito, a five-year-old boy who died in 1882. More detailed captions of these photos are also available.

Panteon de Belén

Panteon de Belén

Inside one of the mausoleums at the Panteón de Belen in Guadalajara.

Inside one of the mausoleums at the Panteón de Belen in Guadalajara.