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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 a 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!

Guadalajara: Mexican Charro and Charreada Cultural Tour

2. Guadalajara: Mexican Charro and Charreada Cultural Tour

Spend a day in the ‘boots’ of a traditional Mexican Charro and be part of a Charreada (rodeo) on a guided tour where you will learn why the Charro is a UNESCO recognized identity of  Mexican culture. Get picked up and begin your tour with a bit of city history as you drive through historic neighborhoods that were very important at the beginning of Charrería history.  Arrive at the Lienzo, a type of cowboy arena, where a Charro will welcome you and give you an introduction to the origins of the Mexican Charro in the arena’s museum.  See the fantastic collection of different accessories and traditional costumes that Charros use every Sunday in the Charreada, which is a competitive event similar to a rodeo. Get a lesson on how to use the lasso’s used by the Charros and learn the differences between a Mexican lasso and those used in other cultures in the world. Brush and saddle up the horses and see how they are chosen for the parade that begins the Charrería. If possible, ride a horse along with other Charros so you can be part of this exciting parade. Take part in some traditional tasks as your Charro guide explains each of the different activities that take place during a Charreria. Celebrate the end of this unique cultural experience alongside your new Charro friends drinking some tequila and listening to the sounds of mariachi guitars.

From Guadalajara: Tequila Town and Cantarito Making Tour

3. From Guadalajara: Tequila Town and Cantarito Making Tour

Get to know tequila, Mexico’s national drink, on this guided tour to Tequila and Amatitán. Learn how to mix your own traditional cantarito before exploring the towns where the first factories of this ancestral drink were born. Visit a distillery, enjoy a tasting, and shop local products. Start your adventure by being picked up from your hotel or address in Guadalajara. From there, head along Mexico's Tequila Trail where the first stop will be to admire the agave landscape. At the agave fields, learn how to mix your own cantarito, a typical Mexican tequila cocktail and a must try if you are visiting Tequila. Visit the traditional distillery and watch all the steps involved in creating different types of Tequila. Enjoy a tequila tasting experience before visiting the magical towns of Tequila and Amatitán. Explore downtown Tequila, see the church, and walk on the slopes of Tequila Volcano. As you explore Tequila and Amatitán, shop unique arts and crafts and try local foods and drinks. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to take photos of the picturesque landscape. At the end of your trip, hop back onto the van to return to Guadalajara.

From Guadalajara: Lake Chapala and Ajijic Tour

4. 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.

From Guadalajara: Magdalena Opal Experience

5. 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.

From Guadalajara: Guachimontones Pyramids Full-Day Tour

6. 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.

Guadalajara: San Luis Soyatlán and Vineyards Tour With Lunch

7. 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.

From Guadalajara: Tapalpa and Attaco Private Tour

8. From Guadalajara: Tapalpa and Attaco Private Tour

A Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) is a reflection of Mexico, a place that over time has been able to preserve, value, and defend its historical and cultural heritage. Tapalpa, an alpine town south of Guadalajara, proudly owns this title. On this private tour, discover the picturesque pine clad hills, creeks, and small lakes that surround this small colonial town before visiting the indigenous village of Attaco. Get picked up from your hotel in Guadalajara at 9:30 AM and drive 2 hours south to Tapalpa. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the town, its Central Plaza, ancient churches, and charming colonial architecture. See why Tapalpa's name speaks for itself, as it comes from the ancient nahuatl language and means "Land of Colors". In the town, sturdy wooden columns support whitewashed houses with red tile roofs and neat cobblestone streets weave around restored churches. Admire one of the most attractive towns in the state of Jalisco and its surrounding landscape. At 1 PM, enjoy some free time for lunch, with suggestions provided by your guide. At 2:30 PM, drive to the indigenous village of Attaco, just outside Tapalpa. This was the first village the Franciscans evangelized in the area, building a hospital for the natives that you'll visit. Walk around the living pharmacy of hundreds of medicinal plants used by the natives in a village that has preserved its ancient uses and customs. At 3:30 PM, begin your return journey to Guadalajara and arrive back at your hotel at approximately 5:30 PM.

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3.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

We had an amazing experience. We went on a Sunday so was also able to witness the Charreada as well as the very personalised service by Jorge and his two assistants. We enjoyed the tequila tasting, learning how to throw a lasso, and riding a caballo.

Our group loved the Charro tour. Jorge our teacher and guide was very talented and knowledgeable. We enjoyed our experience and loved the hands on roping. Jorge was a highlight, his singing was incredible. Would recommend his tour!!

Excellent tour. The guide Luis Barragán excellent. It was very funny and enjoyable. Las piedrotas is a place with an impressive energy. Highly recommended.

Totally worth it. It was a truly heartfelt experience. We learned so much about the history of the charro and how important it is to Mexican culture.

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