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From Guadalajara: Tequila Trail Tour with Tasting

1. 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: Tequila and Distillery Tour with Tastings

2. 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.

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!

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.

Guadalajara: Shark Immersion at Acuario Michin

5. 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: Tequila Tour & Tequila Tasting in Hacienda

6. 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.

Guadalajara: Food Tour in Tlaquepaque

7. 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.

From Guadalajara: “The Legends of Tequila Town” Night Tour

8. From Guadalajara: “The Legends of Tequila Town” Night Tour

Enjoy a fun and culturally enriching night tour of the town of Tequila where you will ride on a trolley around the town, listen to the town’s exciting stories and legends, do a tequila tasting, and end with a delicious Mexican feast. Begin your tour with a pick up at 6:30 PM in Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque, and drive to the beautiful town of Tequila. Once in Tequila, the excitement begins with a tour on a unique trolley as your guide tells you enchanting stories and legends of the famous town. Next, visit Casa Sauza, a hacienda built in1836, which is one of the most beautiful places in Tequila and also a renowned distillery. At Casa Sauza,  go on a tour around the distillery and enjoy a tequila tasting. Afterward you will have a delicious three-course dinner in the restaurant "La Cueva De Don Cenobio" accompanied by traditional Mexican music. After dinner, head back to Guadalajara at around 11:30 PM and be dropped off at the same point where you were picked up.

From Guadalajara: La Rojeña Distillery & Jose Cuervo Train

9. From Guadalajara: La Rojeña Distillery & Jose Cuervo Train

Take a bus ride from Guadalajara to Tequila through agave fields. Visit La Rojeña Distillery to take your knowledge of tequila to the next level. Ride back to Guadalajara in the Jose Cuervo Express, one of the most beautiful train rides of Mexico. Begin your experience at the meeting point of Tlaquepaque Jalisco. Hop aboard a bus to head to the magical town of Tequila. On the way, you can get down the bus and enjoy the landscape of the blue agave and take memorable photos. Enjoy a Jima demonstration with an authentic Jimador. Once in Tequila town, have an educational tasting of tequila with an expert. Learn about tequila and how to drink it. Continue to a tour of La Rojeña Distillery to learn more about Tequila. Watch a Mexican show in Mundo Cuervo, and enjoy Mariachi, folkloric ballet, and a Mexican brindis. Then, board the Jose Cuervo Express train to go back to Guadalajara. Take in the beautiful landscape and play some traditional Mexican games such as "La Loteria" on the way. Conclude the tour upon arrival at Guadalajara's train station.

From Guadalajara: Lake Chapala and Ajijic Tour

10. 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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based on 84 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!

It is super beautiful, there are many species and very well cared for. In addition there are many other activities included in the entrance ticket. We had fun like midgets. We were two adults and two children aged 7 and 12, and we were all very pleased with the visit. We were pleasantly surprised. We didn't think it would be this pretty.

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

Carmelita and Oscar were excellent. Truly enjoyed the tour. Diffently will recommend

Aurturo fue un guía excelente!! Se sabe su historia y sus dichos.