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From Guadalajara: Jose Cuervo Distillery & Tequila Town Tour

1. From Guadalajara: Jose Cuervo Distillery & Tequila Town Tour

Admire the UNESCO World Heritage-listed agave fields of Jalisco on a full-day tequila tasting tour from Guadalajara, traveling by comfortable minivan. Drive into the countryside of Mexico’s renowned tequila-producing region for a tour and tasting at one of the most famous tequila distilleries in the world. Pass the agave fields en route from Guadalajara. Then, learn about the fermentation process and enjoy a taste of this national drink after exploring the town of Tequila with your guide. During the 1-hour drive to Tequila, stop to admire mountain vistas and the fields of agave azul (blue agave), the succulent plant used to make tequila, Mexico’s national drink. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, these blue-green patches of agave plants blend beautifully with the earth tones in the natural landscape. Stop for lunch (own expense) in Tequila, before heading to the nearby town of Amatitlan for your tasting at the Jose Cuervo distillery. Learn about past and present-day tequila production techniques. Discover tequila’s indigenous origins and the Spanish who distilled the beverage into the tequila known today. Watch the modern fermentation and distillation process of blue Weber agave, before a tasting of several different types of tequila aged in oak casks. A master tequilier will guide you through the different aromas and flavors. By the end of the tour you will feel like a tequila connoisseur!

From Guadalajara: Tequila and Distillery Tour with Tastings

2. From Guadalajara: Tequila and Distillery Tour with Tastings

Journey to the town of Tequila, world famous for the alcoholic drink made from agave plants. Marvel at the blue-green fields that have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit one of the oldest tequila distilleries as you get lost among the sprawling fields, savoring the fragrance of roasting agave. After touring the facilities, sample the distillery's liquor for a true taste of Mexico's famed artisanal tequila production. Then, explore the town to see the ancient haciendas and other widespread distilleries. Stroll down narrow streets, popping into some of the countless bars and tasting spots along the way.

Guadalajara: Selva Mágica Park Platinum Pass

3. Guadalajara: Selva Mágica Park Platinum Pass

Explore Selva Mágica amusement park in Guadalajara with your Platinum Pass. Have an incredible adventure with friends and family as you take on exciting rides and visit fun attractions available for all ages. With your Platinum Pass enjoy 17 attractions to amuse yourself and fellow visitors. Head to the Sesame Street area for kids and check out the Elmo Bus. Take a spin on a classic carousel and then explore a crooked house or house of terror. Get your adrenaline pumping on one of the many extreme roller coasters, including a thrilling VR ride. Feel the excitement of riding a pirate ship, the music flyer, or a hurricane ride during your visit to Selva Mágica.

Guadalajara: Shark Immersion at Acuario Michin

4. Guadalajara: Shark Immersion at Acuario Michin

Pre-book your entry ticket to the Acuario Michin aquarium in Guadalajara and experience a one-of-a-kind moment in a see-through acrylic cage, descending into a 750,000-liter tank to see shark species, rays, and more up close. Learn about marine life and conservation, go laser tagging, and pet goats as part of your entrance ticket. Listen to instructions before the immersion, don your swimwear, and put on a wetsuit before heading into the cage and into the water. Marvel at over 4,000 marine life species swim past you or bob out of rocks. See sharks, rays, and more up close. Dare to come face to face with sharks and fill your body with adrenaline as you observe these silent swimmers from the safety of a water cage. This unique experience will undoubtedly leave you in awe. After the immersion, visit the aquarium's five pavilions, the farm where you can pet goats, and the bird house to see see birds of every color. Jump on trampolines in the tumblings room and enjoy a game of laser tag — all of which are included in your entry ticket.

From Guadalajara: Tequila Trail Tour with Tasting

5. From Guadalajara: Tequila Trail Tour with Tasting

Learn all about Tequila on a guided tour. Visit the fields where agave grows, a distillery for a tasting, and the towns of Tequila and Amatitán with a certified guide. Start your adventure by being picked up from the lobby of your hotel or another address in Guadalajara. Head off along Mexico's Tequila Trail. First, stop to admire the Agave Landscape. Take photos and walk among the agave plants in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See how this raw material for Tequila reproduces. Next, discover how Mexico's national drink is made at an artisanal distillery. Watch all the steps involved in creating different types of Tequila. Then, enjoy a Tequila tasting experience before visiting the Magical Town of Tequila. Explore downtown Tequila, see the church, buy arts and crafts, and try the local food and drinks like 'cantaritos.' Finally, hop back into the van to return to Guadalajara.

Guadalajara: Hot Spring Evening Picnic with Transfer & Wine

6. Guadalajara: Hot Spring Evening Picnic with Transfer & Wine

Let your tour guide take care of everything! You’ll be picked up from your accommodation and driven to the hot spring, situated in the middle of a forest. Surrounded by lush nature, it’s the perfect setting to stargaze and relax with your travel party. You can take a dip in one of the four available hot spring pools or even try all of them! The steaming water is perfect for the chilly night air. To make your night even better, you’ll also be served some gourmet picnic snacks with a bottle of red wine. Munch on some bread and cheese as you sip a lovely red and soak in the warm water. After soaking in the hot springs for a few hours, you’ll dry off and be transported back to your accommodations.

From Guadalajara: Tequila Town and Cantarito Making Tour

7. From Guadalajara: Tequila Town and Cantarito Making Tour

Get to know tequila, Mexico’s national drink, on this guided tour to Tequila and Amatitán. Learn how to mix your own traditional cantarito before exploring the towns where the first factories of this ancestral drink were born. Visit a distillery, enjoy a tasting, and shop local products. Start your adventure by being picked up from your hotel or address in Guadalajara. From there, head along Mexico's Tequila Trail where the first stop will be to admire the agave landscape. At the agave fields, learn how to mix your own cantarito, a typical Mexican tequila cocktail and a must try if you are visiting Tequila. Visit the traditional distillery and watch all the steps involved in creating different types of Tequila. Enjoy a tequila tasting experience before visiting the magical towns of Tequila and Amatitán. Explore downtown Tequila, see the church, and walk on the slopes of Tequila Volcano. As you explore Tequila and Amatitán, shop unique arts and crafts and try local foods and drinks. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to take photos of the picturesque landscape. At the end of your trip, hop back onto the van to return to Guadalajara.

Guadalajara: Sightseeing Night Tour

8. Guadalajara: Sightseeing Night Tour

Start the trip at 7:30 pm with a smooth pick-up from your accommodation. You’ll head to downtown Guadalajara, known for its colonial-style buildings and famous landmarks, and visit Guadalajara Cathedral and Expiatory Church, both built in the neo-Gothic style. Admire the craftsmanship and fine details of the churches before moving on to the next stop. Next up is the Degollado Theater, a neoclassical Mexican theater known for its artistic architecture. After marveling at the theater, you’ll head to the Rotunda of the Illustrious People of Jalisco. This mausoleum serves as a tribute to the important men and women in the history of the state of Jalisco. Head to Avenida Vallarta next, where you’ll visit the Minerva Roundabout. This features a large statue of the Roman goddess with indigenous facial features, surrounded by a circular fountain. You’ll also visit Arcos Vallarta and Arcos del Milenio, two iconic structures in the city that serve as great backdrops for photos. After that, you’ll pass the stately buildings of Expo Guadalajara and World Trade Center GDL before heading to Avenida Chapultepec – an area known for its buzzing nightlife – and Avenida Libertad, to view a few grand mansions that date back to the late 1800s.

From Guadalajara: Tequila Tour & Tequila Tasting in Hacienda

9. From Guadalajara: Tequila Tour & Tequila Tasting in Hacienda

Discover the process of making tequila in a tour that will take you to the agave landscape and to appreciate the views of the agave fields. Take beautiful pictures of the agave landscape. Get a professional tequila tasting guided by an expert tequila master. Go to a family-owned small distillery to learn about the process of making tequila. In this place, your guide will explain the process of tequila making and then you will have another tequila and liquor tasting. Continue to the town of Tequila, stopping first at 'La Quinta Sauza' to have a professional tasting of Tequila of 'Sauza Hornitos'. Enjoy a delicious lunch in this beautiful property built in 1836, before visiting the old bottles collection. Then, head to the town of Tequila and visit the artisan market, the Jose Cuervo store, and other places to take unforgettable pictures.

From Guadalajara: Town of Tequila & Jose Cuervo Factory Tour

10. From Guadalajara: Town of Tequila & Jose Cuervo Factory Tour

The first part of the tour takes place in the agave fields, where the legend of the gods who give us the tradition of this drink comes from. Here, your tour guide will give you the most important information about how the agave is planted, carefully pruned, and finally extracted. Once in Tequila downtown, see the production of tequila inside the place that created this process more than 200 years ago. At the José Cuervo factory of La Rojeña, the raw material is cooked, extracted, fermented, and distilled to obtain the traditional Mexican drink. Finally, it's lunchtime. There are hundreds of options in the main plaza to choose from, including a high-end restaurant, property of the Jose Cuervo brand, as well as street food, seafood, tacos, and even traditional marquesitas and coffee.

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What people are saying about Guadalajara

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 104 reviews

The Michin Acuario is excellent place to visit in Guadalajara, my whole family enjoyed to see the varieties of sea animals that they have, my children had fun feeding the baby pigs, sheeps, turtles, fishes and more, my children enjoyed played laser tag. I highly recommend this place to visit you will have an unforgettable experience.

I want to recommend the tequila tour... From the time they picked me up at the meeting point, until they returned, my experience was very pleasant. The lady guide who sent us (Carmen) very friendly, nice, pleasant and always attentive to us. I hope to have another tour to another destination with the same attention.

The truth was a very nice experience we shared with other people. The group was very pleasant, the part that we liked the most was that they took us through the artisan process. Super recommended!

We hada great time. The people working on each ride were easy to deal with and friendly.

Hector was an informative, helpful and personable tour guide. We had a great day!