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From Guadalajara: Tequila and Distillery Tour with Tastings

1. 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.

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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.

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From Guadalajara: Jose Cuervo Distillery & Tequila Town Tour

3. 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!

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Guadalajara: Mexican Charro and Charreada Cultural Tour

4. 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.

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Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque 6-Hour Tour

5. Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque 6-Hour Tour

Begin your panoramic tour by visiting the roundabout of the Minerva, the representative guardian of the city erected in the 50s. Continue toward the arches of the old entrance to Guadalajara, which marked the start of the Guadalajara-Morelia highway. These are 20-meter high neoclassical arches, where one can appreciate the colors of the coat of arms of the state of Jalisco. Head then to Chapultepec Avenue, the cultural corridor and one of the liveliest areas of Guadalajara. Continue your journey of old houses on Libertad Street, where you can travel to the end of the 1800s and marvel at architecture from the city's most beautiful time. Proceed with a visit to the Gothic temple of Expiatorio, also known as the Cross of Squares of the Historical Center of the city.  Continue to the Metropolitan Cathedral and discover the murals of the Government Palace created by José Clemente Orozco. Walk through Liberation Square, stopping outside of the Degollado Theater, headquarters of the mariachi galas held every September. Finish the tour in Tlaquepaque, where you can taste food in one of the restaurants of the Independencia, followed by some typical sweets in a local store.

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From Guadalajara: Lake Chapala and Ajijic Tour

6. 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.

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From Guadalajara: Tequila Tour & Tequila Tasting in Hacienda

7. 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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Guadalajara: Selva Mágica Park Platinum Pass

8. 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.

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From Guadalajara: Magdalena Opal Experience

9. 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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From Guadalajara: Tequila Town and Cantarito Making Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Guadalajara

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 80 reviews

Our local Panoramex Tour was booked using GetYourGuide app which did great for planning so short notice available trips on the Thursday evening just after arrival to Guadalajara. Picked this one for Friday cuz the Train Tours only run Saturday. The guide Hector with driver Oscar arrived Friday morning to our hotel 10 min before the scheduled time 0935am in a 20 passenger Black Mercedes van. Fortunately we(4) were the first pick up to pick seats since the whole van filled up. Our guides did a great job to keep us informed & on time. First stop was a local family owned distillery Tequila Selecto de Amatitán tour with fun presentation & samples then off to experience the Cantaritos CheChe Margaritas but not my favorite (cuz made with Squirt) and continue drive to town of Tequila. At the time of booking there was an option to add on extra tour of Jose Cuervo OR Sauza distilleries which was not available to purchase the day of tour. Glad we added JC tour! Great lunch recommendations too!

Dante, our guide, brought us closer to the city with passion and very authentically. He reacted very personally to individual impulses from the group. Intercultural understanding awakened for the Wixaritari. Perfect for me and my work here in Guadalajara. Thanks also to Monika's great organization.

Great overview of Guadalajara. Dante was knowledgeable, friendly, and adaptable. Comfortable mini-bus, wonderful customer service—we give them an A+. Thank you for showing us your lovely city.

Norbero was great, place is magnificent, good guiding, good company, good food at the end in restoran. I had really vivid day.

Great all around, Edgar and Jesus were the best! I’d take anything with them. It was easy and easy communication.