Puerto Vallarta: Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is perhaps the most photographed building in Puerto Vallarta. It’s located in the heart of the city center. We decided to go there for Sunday Mass during our stay.

Since the outside of the church is so often seen on postcards and promotional literature, I thought I’d include a photo of the altar. The church is just as beautiful from the inside. A traditional image of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe appears high above the altar.

Like other churches we saw in Mexico, the doors seemed to be open all day. There was no air conditioning. For us, there would be no respite from the muggy weather outdoors, although some large fans were running during the liturgy. Regardless of the weather, the open doors had the effect of making the church appear more welcoming. I liked it.

The church offers frequent Mass times. We opted for the 10 am Sunday bilingual Mass. Not because it was bilingual, but because it was a convenient time. Bilingual means you get to hear two homilies and probably not understand either of them. It’s not what I’d call a feature.

Be aware that many resources, including Google Maps, refer to this church as a cathedral. It isn’t. It’s a parish church. I don’t know the how the confusion started. As far as I know, Puerto Vallarta is in the Diocese of Tepic. I would assume one could find a cathedral there.

If you go: The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is located just a few steps away from the City Hall in the center of Puerto Vallarta. Mass in English is offered Saturdays at 5 pm, and a bilingual Mass is available Sundays at 10 am. A schedule of other Mass times is posted outside the church.

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