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From Guadalajara: Town of Tequila & Jose Cuervo Factory Tour

1. 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.

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.

From Guadalajara: Jose Cuervo Distillery & Tequila Town Tour

3. 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 Tour & Tequila Tasting in Hacienda

4. 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: Guachimontones Pyramids Full-Day Tour

5. From Guadalajara: Guachimontones Pyramids Full-Day Tour

Take a full-day tour of the Guachimontones pyramids to discover the pre-Hispanic cultures that have flourished in this region since 400 B.C. Get to know the culture, history, and mythology of the UNESCO-listed archaeological site on a guided tour. After pickup in Guadalajara, drive to Guachimontones. Walk through the beautiful archaeological site and admire the unique circular pyramids. Learn about this incredible place from your expert guide. Continue your day trip with a tour of Teuchitlán town. Here you’ll visit the archaeological museum of Guachimontones, filled with ceramic figures, models of tombs, and photos providing an aerial view of the archeological site. At the end of your tour you’ll be dropped off in central Guadalajara.

From Guadalajara: La Rojeña Distillery & Jose Cuervo Train

6. From Guadalajara: La Rojeña Distillery & Jose Cuervo Train

Take a bus ride from Guadalajara to Tequila through agave fields. Visit La Rojeña Distillery to take your knowledge of tequila to the next level. Ride back to Guadalajara in the Jose Cuervo Express, one of the most beautiful train rides of Mexico. Begin your experience at the meeting point of Tlaquepaque Jalisco. Hop aboard a bus to head to the magical town of Tequila. On the way, you can get down the bus and enjoy the landscape of the blue agave and take memorable photos. Enjoy a Jima demonstration with an authentic Jimador. Once in Tequila town, have an educational tasting of tequila with an expert. Learn about tequila and how to drink it. Continue to a tour of La Rojeña Distillery to learn more about Tequila. Watch a Mexican show in Mundo Cuervo, and enjoy Mariachi, folkloric ballet, and a Mexican brindis. Then, board the Jose Cuervo Express train to go back to Guadalajara. Take in the beautiful landscape and play some traditional Mexican games such as "La Loteria" on the way. Conclude the tour upon arrival at Guadalajara's train station.

Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque Sightseeing Tour

7. Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque Sightseeing Tour

Begin your panoramic tour by visiting the roundabout of the Minerva, the representative guardian of the city erected in the 50s. Continue toward the arches of the old entrance to Guadalajara, which marked the start of the Guadalajara-Morelia highway. These are 20-meter high neoclassical arches, where one can appreciate the colors of the coat of arms of the state of Jalisco. Head then to Chapultepec Avenue, the cultural corridor and one of the liveliest areas of Guadalajara. Continue your journey of old houses on Libertad Street, where you can travel to the end of the 1800s and marvel at architecture from the city's most beautiful time. Proceed with a visit to the Gothic temple of Expiatorio, also known as the Cross of Squares of the Historical Center of the city.  Continue to the Metropolitan Cathedral and discover the murals of the Government Palace created by José Clemente Orozco. Walk through Liberation Square, stopping outside of the Degollado Theater, headquarters of the mariachi galas held every September. Finish the tour in Tlaquepaque, where you can taste food in one of the restaurants of the Independencia, followed by some typical sweets in a local store.

From Guadalajara: Lake Chapala and Ajijic Tour

8. From Guadalajara: Lake Chapala and Ajijic Tour

Begin your tour to Chapala starting with a visit to the old station of the French facade train whose construction was completed around 1920. Continue with the beautiful boardwalk, walk and admire the view of the largest lake of Mexico. It is because of its pleasant climate that it is a place of bird migration. By December 1955, Lake Chapala was in one of its worst droughts, that is why it was decided to take the virgin of Zapopan and make a pilgrimage looking for the miracle of rain. As a result of this event in June 1956, it rained so much in the storm that it recovered and thanks to this miracle a thank you mass is celebrated every year on the 1st July. Continue your visit through the Floresta, a place where foreigners go to retire, fleeing the extreme climates of their cities. Stop in Ajijic where free time is given to explore. Board the truck and transfer to Piedra Barrenada, where you can get some food at your own expense. Conclude at the meeting point indicated by the guide and undertake your return.

Guadalajara: Horse Riding on the Tequila Route with Tastings

9. Guadalajara: Horse Riding on the Tequila Route with Tastings

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Guadalajara and travels to the first stop of the day. Arrive at the scenic Amatitán and saddle up for an adventure. On horseback, ride through the center of this picturesque town and out into the surrounding landscapes, bursting with agave plants.  After about 45-minutes of riding, arrive at the 184-year-old Quinta Sauza facility for lunch. Next, arrive at the Rojeña of the Jose Cuervo factory for a professional tequila tasting and time to explore the town of Tequila. Then go to a small family distillery to learn about the process of making tequila. At this place, your guide will explain the process of tequila-making, followed by tequila and liquor tastings. At the end of an unforgettable and unique experience, it’s time for the return journey to Guadalajara.

From Guadalajara: Magdalena Opal Experience

10. From Guadalajara: Magdalena Opal Experience

Visit Magdalena, a town full of traditions and four main opal mines where you will have the opportunity to explore and to appreciate the work of the miners. You will be able to go hunting on your own opal with a hammer and a helmet provided by the miners.  Start the tour in an opal shop and then explore the opal mines, learn about this precious stone and then hunt for opals. On your way back, visit an obsidian deposit to admire the place and feel the powerful energy of this crystal. Magdalena also has an obsidian deposit, thanks to the climate conditions and the proximity to the Tequila Volcano. Enjoy free time to appreciate the different kinds of opals and buy the ones of your choice. Have lunch in an excellent typical Mexican restaurant.

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What people are saying about Guadalajara

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Our Guide Moses and Driver Senor Martin were well skilled and accommodating. They kept our Van load of revellers happy and laughing with humor, music, and fun.

Friendly and competent guide, clean and comfortable transport including hotel pickup and dropoff, interesting tour - a perfect day!

Norbero was great, place is magnificent, good guiding, good company, good food at the end in restoran. I had really vivid day.

Carmelita and Oscar were excellent. Truly enjoyed the tour. Diffently will recommend

Aurturo fue un guía excelente!! Se sabe su historia y sus dichos.