Jalisco is the Home of the Mariachi

by Craig Zabransky on February 2, 2011

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Puerto Vallarta resides in the Mexican State of Jalisco, the birthplace of the Mariachi. Night after night you can find the bands of musicians roaming the streets and the beaches searching for audiences to entertain. And entertain they do.

The songs come directly from the heart. They tell tales of machismo, love (especially unrequited love) betrayal, politics, and the revolution. It is the music of a nation, the music of Mexico.

A trip to Puerto Vallarta only improves with a mariachi moment.  From the cobblestone streets and candle lit tables of zona romantica to the sunset cervezas on the sands of the beach, don’t worry the mariachi’s find you. And when they do, I recommend you support the arts.

Don’t know any of the song titles? Don’t worry. I reached out to a few of my Mexican friends to recommend a few of their favorites. Next time, request these

Nine songs to request.

Songs of Place

  • Mexico lindo y querido
  • Guadalajara
  • Granada

Songs of People

  • El Rey
  • El Viajero
  • El mariachi loco

Songs of Romance

  • Amorcito corazón
  • Ella
  • Besame Mucho (this may not be Mariachi, but they’ll know it and so might you)

Purchasing a Song

Purchasing can become contagious, but it takes someone to break the ice. And if you want to be the brave soul, here are a few reminders to make it simple.

  • Ask the price before he plays, and remember all prices are negotiable
  • Attempt to bundle a purchase. I understand a song can cost 60-80 pesos, but you might be able to get 2 for 100 pesos.
  • Remember the more musicians the group has the song might sound better, but more pesos are needed to pay each musician.
  • Although a song might only be a few minutes; it is well worth the price of a few drinks.

Well, let us know how it goes, and if you have a favorite song not listed, please let us know.

Photos by Craig Zabransky

Craig travels around the world to write tales of travel aimed to encourage and inspire others to take and make adventure in their life. And after calling Mexico home for over a year, it secured a special place in his heart. He continues to return often and often considers it his second home. You can find more of his travels on his Stay Adventurous site and follow him on his Twitter: @stayadventurous..
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