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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.

Vallarta: Mexology Tacos & Tequila Tour

2. 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: Food Tour in Tlaquepaque

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

From Guadalajara: Jose Cuervo Distillery & Tequila Town Tour

7. 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!

Puero Vallarta: Sayulita and San Pancho Beaches Tour

8. Puero Vallarta: Sayulita and San Pancho Beaches Tour

Discover and explore two of the coolest beach towns in the world in this guided tour from Puerto Vallarta. You’ll head up the coast to Nayarit to enjoy a day of fun in the sun in Sayulita and San Pancho. Throughout your experience, your friendly bilingual guide will share the history and folklore of both towns whilst showing you around the main attractions. You’ll visit traditional fruit markets for exotic treats, sample delicious local candy, and enjoy a tequila demonstration with a tasting. You can hang out on the coolest beaches in the world, and if you want to check out the famous waves, optional surf classes are available on the day.

Puerto Vallarta: Bikes and Bites Tour

9. Puerto Vallarta: Bikes and Bites Tour

Taste your way through the beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta on this 3-hour food tour by bike. Take a picturesque bike ride along the boardwalk, through the Old Town, and past other famous sights. Along the way, stop to enjoy the city's culinary delights, including tacos, carnitas, sopes, ice cream, and more. Meet your guide at the local partner's office to start your small group experience. Cruise through the city on a comfortable bike as you discover a variety of regional dishes from local restaurants and food stalls. Enjoy a fun and active food tour as you explore Puerto Vallarta, finishing with a beer on the beach.

From Guadalajara: Tequila Tour & Tequila Tasting in Hacienda

10. 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.

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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.

Highly recommend this experience, I had an amazing time exploring the jungle with the team from Jaguar Experience, everyone was super nice and very accommodating making sure that I feel safe at all times and that I’m having fun. The food was also super delicious and the menu was adapted to my pescatarian diet which I really appreciated! I am definitely looking forward to go back next time I visit Puerto Vallarta!!

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.

It was a brilliant tour with Bernard. I went alone but the group were cool and we learnt lots about tacos and tequila

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