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Guadalajara: Sightseeing Night Tour

1. 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: Guachimontones Pyramids Full-Day Tour

2. 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: Pyramids & Jose Cuervo Tequila Tour

3. From Guadalajara: Pyramids & Jose Cuervo Tequila Tour

After getting picked up from select hotels in the Guadalajara area, begin your experience with a ride to the Teuchitlan town where the Guachimontones Archeological Site is located. Head into the mountains towards the site, and meet your certified guide who will share many interesting stories with you. In the first part of the tour, watch an introductory video and learn about the civilization that lived in the area for more than 700 years. Then, start your visit to the interpretative center where you can learn about the archeological work, traditions, and lifestyle of these peoples. Continue the tour by visiting the pyramids where you must walk uphill for a couple of minutes. Once you arrive at this magical site, the guide will give you an explanation about the area and discuss the different hypotheses that are still being researched about its history. Next, continue the tour to the town of Tequila, where your guide will show you the difficult task of the Jimadores, the crop workers who take care of these plants in the agave farms. See how they plant and harvest the crops. Then, discover the process of making the tequila spirit inside the historic Jose Cuervo Distillery. Learn about the drink and its properties with tastings included. After the tour, discover the main plaza of Tequila where can you find restaurants, cantinas, and souvenir stores.

Guadalajara: Guachimontones Archaeological Site Van Tour

4. Guadalajara: Guachimontones Archaeological Site Van Tour

During this tour we will visit the archaeological site of the Guachimontones, located in the municipality of Teuchitlán, it belongs to the "Teuchitlán Tradition" that dates back to 350 BC and 350 AD. We will visit the "Phil Weigand" museum. We begin our tour visiting the circular structures of the archaeological site where you can explore the circle of the iguana, visit its two spaces for the ball game, the company of our guide will make your experience something unique, since this site is one of the most studied archaeological sites today. We will continue through the site museum where you can admire real pieces of the Teuchutilán tradition, pieces of ceramics, clay and some fossils are exposed in its rooms. To finish, we will take a walk around the picturesque main square, where we can take the opportunity to taste the typical gastronomy of the place.

From Guadalajara: Guachimontones & Hacienda del Carmen Tour

5. From Guadalajara: Guachimontones & Hacienda del Carmen Tour

Be picked up at your hotel in Guadalajara and start the journey to Guachimontones. Along the way, your guide will provide you with information on what to expect on this tour. Visit Guachimontones, an archaeological site from the pre-Hispanic era. Learn about its circular pyramids and the culture that lived there. The next stop is ex-Hacienda El Carmen. Learn about the history of the colony and see the remains of the Hacienda. While in Hacienda, you’ll have a break for lunch before heading back to Guachimontones. This tour is a great opportunity to see 2 parts of Mexico's history in 1 day.

Tequila, Jalisco, and Toriles from Puerto Vallarta

6. Tequila, Jalisco, and Toriles from Puerto Vallarta

Begin your tour with a pickup from the lobby of your hotel. Travel to Tequila in Jalisco for an adventure full of history, culture, and tastings. Your first stop will be at a little town on the way to taste a delicious Mexican breakfast (included in the tour price). Then, you will arrive in Toriles, the unique Aztec archeological zone in the northeast of Mexico. Head onwards to Tequila, where you will visit the Main Square, walk through the streets, visit its churches, and take a Tequila tour in Jose Cuervo - the first Tequila Factory in Latin America. Here, you will learn about the proccess of making Tequila and taste its different flavor possibilities.

From Guadalajara: Guachimontones & Hacienda Labor de Rivera

7. From Guadalajara: Guachimontones & Hacienda Labor de Rivera

Begin your adventure by enjoying the landscapes that will transport you to the archeological site of Guachimontones. Learn about a civilization from 300 B.C. that flourished in this region, whose development and cultural complexity dominated the central valleys of the Teuchitlan tradition and build circular pyramids. Explore the Hacienda Labor de Rivera, built in the seventeenth century, and enjoy a guided tour. After this tour, dig into a delicious Mexican lunch in the restaurant of the Hacienda. To end your experience, the van will be waiting for your to take you back to your hotel in Guadalajara.

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