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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!

From Guadalajara: Town of Tequila & Jose Cuervo Factory Tour

2. From Guadalajara: Town of Tequila & Jose Cuervo Factory Tour

Embark on an insightful adventure in the state of Jalisco, perfect for all tequila fans. Take a guided tour of the town of Tequila with a transfer from Guadalajara. Explore the agave fields and learn everything about the production process at the most famous tequila factory. Upon arrival in Tequila, step into the agave fields, where the legend of this sacred drink's origins comes from. Your tour guide will teach about how the agave is planted, carefully pruned, and extracted. Once in Downtown Tequila, see the production of tequila at the place that created this process more than 200 years ago. Inside the José Cuervo factory of La Rojeña, the raw material is cooked, extracted, fermented, and distilled to obtain the traditional Mexican drink. Finally, take some time to explore the charming town. Feel free to purchase lunch from one of the many restaurants on the main square, including a high-end restaurant, property of the Jose Cuervo brand. You can also try some seafood, tacos, and street food, such as the traditional 'marquesitas'.

From Guadalajara: Tequila and Distillery Tour with Tastings

3. 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: Selva Magica Park with VIP Pass

4. Guadalajara: Selva Magica Park with VIP Pass

Pre-book your Selva Magica Park VIP Pass and get access to 29 attractions, the comando (command) area, and your choice of a combo lunch. Try extreme attractions such as the haunted house, Bat Flyer, Titan VR, and the waterfalls. Come and find something fun to do at Selva Magica with your school, agency, company, friends, or family.  Dare to feel the flight of Aladdin, one of the most popular attractions of Selva Magica. Then, experience going up like a bullet and descending at full speed from the highest point of the park on the Bullet.  Splash in the water inside a huge bubble, ride a kid-approved Ferris wheel, race to the finish line in a racing kart, and much more. Don't miss spinning at high speeds to the beat of the music on Music Flyer. In between your fun, enjoy a soda and your choice of a single lunch item (pasta, lasagna, pizza, salad, hamburger, or hot dog). 

From Guadalajara: Tequila Trail Tour with Tasting

5. 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: Guachimontones Archaeological Site Van Tour

6. Guadalajara: Guachimontones Archaeological Site Van Tour

During this tour we will visit the archaeological site of the Guachimontones, located in the municipality of Teuchitlán, it belongs to the "Teuchitlán Tradition" that dates back to 350 BC and 350 AD. We will visit the "Phil Weigand" museum. We begin our tour visiting the circular structures of the archaeological site where you can explore the circle of the iguana, visit its two spaces for the ball game, the company of our guide will make your experience something unique, since this site is one of the most studied archaeological sites today. We will continue through the site museum where you can admire real pieces of the Teuchutilán tradition, pieces of ceramics, clay and some fossils are exposed in its rooms. To finish, we will take a walk around the picturesque main square, where we can take the opportunity to taste the typical gastronomy of the place.

Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque Sightseeing Tour

7. Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque Sightseeing 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.

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.

Guadalajara: Shark Immersion at Acuario Michin

9. 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.

From Guadalajara: Downtown and Tlaquepaque Sightseeing Tour

10. From Guadalajara: Downtown and Tlaquepaque Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a comfortable and enriching cultural tour around two of the main towns in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, this being the second biggest and one of the most populated along the history of México It has been the cradle of revolutions, heroic acts and historical episodes, where characters like Miguel Hidalgo and Benito Juarez have been immortalized. Visit with the company of a specialized tourist guide the cathedral, goverment palace, Museo Cabañas and other attractive places from Guadalajara downtown area. Carry on with the tour we arrive to live the craftsman town of Tlaquepaque where you will find awsome colonial houses converted into beautiful and picturesque restaurants, In this place we can visit a traditional Mexican candy factory as well as eat some of the most Mexican dishes in the area such as mole, carne en su jugo, pipían, tequila and more.

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What people are saying about Guadalajara

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 176 reviews

It was a great experience! Despite me not clicking “English” our guide tried her best and along with some help from from bilingual people in the crowd everyone had an excellent time!

We liked it a lot. Very well explained. The guide is very nice. We couldn't be in better hands. If anything, I would leave more time to see the town because there is not much

My first guided tour and it was brilliant. These people have this down. So friendly, informative, helpful. Highly recommend going on any of their tours.

amazing tour, Carmen was lovely, fun and very helpful. great value for the money!

Amazing tour! Be prepared to drink a lot of Tequila