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One of the most gratifying benefits of traveling is learning about new cultures. Visit Guadalupe to witness the colorful Yaqui culture.

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Feel like you’ve traveled back in time with a trip to Guadalupe, just south of Arizona Mills Mall, between Phoenix and Tempe at the base of South Mountain.

Guadalupe is an American Indian and Hispanic community that proudly maintains a strong cultural and ethnic identity. It is named after the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico. The town’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is a beautiful tribute to the patron saint with its whitewashed walls and mission-style architecture. Many Yaqui religious ceremonies take place here. Respectful visitors are welcome, but it’s important to note photography is prohibited.

When many Yaqui people fled from Mexico in the late 1800s, they found welcoming communities in the Salt River Valley south of Phoenix. Catholic and Presbyterian missionaries also supported the people and helped secure land for a legal town site in 1914. Later, residents voted to incorporate the town in 1975.

Visit the Mercado Mexico, an indoor/outdoor market that features fresh produce from local farms. Browse their huge selection of Mexican crafts, including Talavera pottery, religious art, and blankets. You’ll also find the Guadalupe Farmer’s Market, which features local honey and produce. It’s such a gem that even Bobby Flay featured it on his television show on The Food Network.

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For Visitor information

9241 S. Avenida del Yaqui | Guadalupe, AZ | (480) 730-3080 |

County It all started How High? Head Count
Maricopa 1975 1,234ft 5,523

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