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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.

Puerto Vallarta: Dinner Under the Sea Experience

2. Puerto Vallarta: Dinner Under the Sea Experience

After boarding your mighty and sea-worthy 700-ton galleon, your nautical and culinary experience begins. Enjoy dinner under the sea, tasting delicious lobster tail combined with filet mignon. Your experience will be livened up with a band and an interactive show for those who really want to have fun. As you set sail through Puerto Vallarta's bay, characters with special makeup, fireworks, and a pirate tavern with special effects will brighten up your evening. Your experience comes complete with seven delicious options for dinner, a premium open bar, activities, and all-round excellent service to help create what is sure to be the funnest night of your vacation. Make sure you come willing to have fun, because party poopers walk the plank.

Vallarta: Mexology Tacos & Tequila Tour

3. Vallarta: Mexology Tacos & Tequila Tour

Meet your local foodie guide who will introduce you to authentic dishes and drinks in downtown Vallerta. This small-group tour will introduce you to the hidden gems that make the culinary scene in the city so unique. Go beyond the popular tourist spots and discover the local favorites, which you might not find on your own. Sample a range of tacos including steak tacos, fish tacos, shrimp tacos, tacos al pastor, and beef cheek tacos. Discover how Tequila, Mezcal, and Racillia are close cousins and by the end of the tour, understand the difference between the 3. Taste the difference between a standard cocktail and the creations made by Vallarta’s best Mixologists. Sample a range of flavors starting with a Mezcal Cocktail made with fresh lime, cucumber, and a signature ingredient. Then savor a Jalapeño Margarita made by hand with fresh all-natural ingredients. Finally, enjoy a Michelada, made with beer and fresh salsas. You won’t walk more than a few blocks without being offered a Tequila tasting. Learn the difference between a quality drink and a run of the mill creation.

Guadalajara: Sightseeing Night Tour

4. 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 and Distillery Tour with Tastings

5. 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.

Puerto Vallarta: City Tour, Tequila and Coffee Factory Tour

6. Puerto Vallarta: City Tour, Tequila and Coffee Factory Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in either Puerto Vallarta, Bucerías, Nuevo Vallarta, Conchas Chinas. Ride in a comfortable air-conditioned van through the city. Take a short walk on the Malecon. Learn about the area from your knowledgable guide. See the iconic locales within the city. Visit the Church of the Lady Guadalupe leaving plenty of time to take pictures. Travel to the mountain and tour a Tequila Distillery. Learn the process of making tequila. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tequila. Continue on and visit a local organic coffee factory. Learn about the coffee-making process and enjoy a coffee tasting. Choose the option with lunch and enjoy a local meal.

Guadalajara: Food Tour in Tlaquepaque

7. Guadalajara: Food Tour in Tlaquepaque

Start your day of adventure by meeting your tour guide in Tlaquepaque. After a brief introduction, walk around the beautiful streets of Tlaquepaque before heading to your next destination where you will enjoy various examples of Mexican cuisine. Taste local dishes such as tacos, tortas, tostadas, birria, mole, tamales, and pozole as your guide teaches you about the influences of other cultures on these classic Mexican dishes. You will also get to try flavored Mexican waters, "Aguas Frescas." Along the way, meet some of the locals and get familiar with some local industries. Get plenty of opportunities to take lots of photographs around Tlaquepaque. Before your trip comes to an end, follow your guide and visit a cultural and arts center. Taste the favorite royal drink of the prehispanic Emperor Moctezuma, made with cacao and aromatic spices.

Puerto Vallarta: Cooking Class and Market Tour

8. Puerto Vallarta: Cooking Class and Market Tour

Start your culinary adventure through the flavors of Puerto Vallarta by meeting your guide for the day, an experienced local chef, at a produce market. Ambling through the market, you’ll learn about the ingredients that make Puerto Vallarta’s cuisine a must-try, and pick up stories of life in the bustling harbor town. With some fresh produce in hand, you’ll head to the chef’s house — where preparations for the lunchtime feast will begin. The cooking class is split between demonstrations and interactive portions, so you’ll be able to pick up some skills to bring the flavors of Jalisco home with you. All dishes are prepared just as traditional Mexican cooks would prepare food for their families — from scratch, with fresh ingredients, and with an eye towards Mexico’s rich culinary history. As you dine on the fruits of your labor, you'll be treated to a tequila and mezcal tasting, rounding out a genuine taste of a vibrant food scene. The chef selects a different menu for each class based on what’s fresh at the market, and the preferences of those in the class, so you can rest assured that you’ll be cooking up something both authentic and catered to your tastes.

Puerto Vallarta: Guided San Sebastian Tour

9. Puerto Vallarta: Guided San Sebastian Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, you will begin your trip back in time as you explore the peaceful and magical town of San Sesbastian del Oeste, near Puerto Vallarta. This picturesque village of cobblestone streets and haciendas was once a thriving gold and silver mining town. These days visitors are now welcome to explore the quiet streets of this mountain town with an expert guide. Throughout your experience your guide will regale you with stories about the area's fascinating history and folklore. You will visit the municipal center, the town jail, a small museum, and art gallery. Later, enjoy visits to a tequila gallery and an organic coffee factory for tastings of both of these delicious Mexican treats. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll be returned back to Puerto Vallarta.

From Guadalajara: Tequila Trail Tour with Tasting

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Jalisco

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Miguel was our very educated & humorous tour guide. He can tell you everything you need to know about the history then and now about every town we pass, on the way and about San Sebastian. He has been there many times himself. He is fascinating to listen to. The felt very safe with the driver as well. The town of Sebastian is very old and Miguel brought us on a walking tour of the town, explaining everything. The town seems so European. It is so charming. The included lunch is so tasty! Its a real mexican meal, with items I have never tried but will be seeking again. Take your camera. It is so picturesque.

Eduardo was very knowledgeable about the plants and birds that we saw. His knowledge of the history and ecosystems of the area was very interesting. Super easy to get along with and a great companion.

Overall great experience! Tour guide Toni Gunz was very informative! Definitely was worth the money spent. Everyone was friendly, be prepared to shop with the vendors you stop by.

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

Great excursion, Ive been many times before and Ill go again