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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 Trail Tour with Tasting

2. 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: 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.

From Guadalajara: Tequila and Distillery Tour with Tastings

4. From Guadalajara: Tequila and Distillery Tour with Tastings

Journey to the town of Tequila from Guadalajara on this day trip by van. Discover the world-famous 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. 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: San Luis Soyatlán and Vineyards Tour With Lunch

5. Guadalajara: San Luis Soyatlán and Vineyards Tour With Lunch

If you’ve already explored Guadalajara’s downtown historic district and have already drunk your weight in tequila, you might think your Guadalajaran adventure is over. Not quite! Start the day at mid-morning with a seamless pick-up from your accommodation. In the comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle you’ll head to the charming town of San Luis Soyatlan. Visit a favorite local restaurant and drink some vampiritos (at own expense). This is the town’s signature red-colored cocktail. (It’s five o’clock somewhere, right?) From there you’ll head to a nearby vineyard and go on a guided tour of the area, marveling at the grounds and space of the vineyard. Afterward, sit down at the hacienda and partake of a specially curated local feast. Dine with the locals and swap stories as they share their stories of growing up in the area. Make sure to leave some room for a wine and cheese tasting too! After filling your belly with delicious food, go on a tour of the facilities, learning about the particular processes they have to produce their wines and spirits. Then you’ll bid your hosts farewell and board the vehicle to make your way back to your accommodation in Guadalajara.

Guadalajara: Shark Immersion at Acuario Michin

6. 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.

Guadalajara: Hot Spring Evening Picnic with Transfer & Wine

7. 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.

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: Tlaquepaque & Tonala Full-Day Trip

9. From Guadalajara: Tlaquepaque & Tonala Full-Day Trip

Discover 2 of Mexico’s colonial villages on a half-day sightseeing tour from Guadalajara, and admire the handcrafted goods of Tlaquepaque and Tonala. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to Tlaquepaque by air-conditioned minivan. Located 4 miles (7 kilometers) from downtown Guadalajara, the small town is known for its ceramics, woodcarvings and leather work. Stroll down cobblestone streets to find craft shops in former colonial mansions. Watch artisans at work in craft factories, and listen to a mariachi band in the main plaza. Then, enjoy a traditional lunch at your own expense. Next, transfer to Tonala, also known for its handcrafted goods. On certain days of the week, a large market takes over the main streets, attracting people from all over the area. Your guide will give a brief explanation of the region’s history, before taking you to a few of the workshops and factories. Find a wide variety of ceramics, hand-blown glass, wood figurines, wrought iron, jewelry and furniture. Then, transfer back to Guadalajara, a short 8-mile (13-kilometer) journey before the end of the tour services.

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 are the best day trips and excursions from Guadalajara?

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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 gave it to some friends from Canada even though the guide spoke to them most of the time in Spanish (the tour was contracted in English) they were delighted. The treatment was very good and they were very happy

Took the tour with Jose Luis and it was incredible! I’ve travelled the world and been on more than my fare share of tours. Jose has been my favorite guide by far. Highly recommend.

Excelente servicio, más de lo que esperábamos! Edgar un excelente guía, muy atento y pendiente de nosotras. Lo recomendamos ampliamente!

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