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North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Tequila September 3rd 2014

"You can have a much as you want, or as much as you can, whichever comes first." So said Micky, our guide, as we sidle up to the bar at what would be the first of many distilleries. The last time I took a shot of tequila was in Chicago, after which I did a cheerleading routine on the sidewalk outside the W hotel lounge for a well deserved renumeration of $10. I only vaguely remember the instigator of this debacle drunkenly following us back to our room and being surprised at how the night had progressed widely off target as Andras firmly, and I'm hoping politely (though I doubt it mattered at this point) coaxed her back into the hallway and shut the door. Tequila: Drink Judiciously. Still, one does not venture to the heart ... read more
Church Bells of Zapopan
Jarritos at El Arenal
Volcan de Tequila

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Tequila April 5th 2014

So Tequila was fun. We spent 2 nights in propably the best accomodation yet. We couldnt decide on two cheaper places, one had really good reviews and one had no reviews...but a pool. We knew there wasnt a lot to do in Tequila so we went with the slightly cheaper one with no reviews...but a pool. We arrived and were given a huge room with an even bigger bathroom and spa bath. This did not match the price on our booking so we went and tried confirming with lady at reception. She spoke no English and we could not charade, um I dont think this is our room. After lots of confusion between 3 staff we eventually moved to a smaller room which was still awesome and noticed their price has since changed online so we ... read more
Jimador Daz
Tequila main square
Cheap margaritas yum yum

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Tequila January 15th 2014

Tuesday, January 14 We were up early and had Jorge drive us at 7:30AM to our pickup location for a trip to Tequila with Rosie of Charter Club Tours. The van and most of the people had already arrived when we got there. The van left right on time and headed into Guadalajara rush hour traffic. Francisco was our driver and Rosie our tour guide. Going slowly allowed Rosie to point out many different points of interest as we drove through the big city and countryside on our way to Tequila. Tequila lies in a valley surrounded by cliffs and ridges. The dominant feature on the landscape is the Tequila Volcano: 9,650 feet above sea level. Our first stop when we arrived in Tequila was a blue agave farm owned by the Jose Cuervo distillery. It ... read more
Ismael Gama the Jimador
Ismael with his coa
Ismael Gama trimming the Agave into a  piña

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Tequila January 17th 2012

We spent today at the Casa Herradura enjoying a tour and tequila tasting. After a good nights sleep we headed over to the nearby town of Tequila. Of course, we had to stop on the way at a taco stand for a quick taco fix. The tour was very nice. We were the only ones on the tour and our guide Saul spoke very good english. We toured the entire factory and learned the process of how tequila is made. We saw how the blue aqave is baked in the large ovens and even tasted some of the baked aqave. It tasted like a sweet potato. The tour explained the fermintation process, dilstillation and the difference between the different types of tequila. The tour lasted well over 3 hours. At the end, we tasted several different ... read more
Original Frementation Room
Aqave "pineapples"
Tasting fermenting Tequila

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Tequila February 13th 2010

When heading to Mexico, my sister had told us about a little place called Tequila where tequila originated. We couldn't believe this and immediately thought "We need to go there!!" So here we are...we realized that in Guadalajara there is one of two remaining train lines that still function for people and it goes to Tequila, Jalisco. AMAZING! The price of the train to Tequila was 75$, but well worth every penny!! You arrive at the train station around 9:30 a.m. and enjoy music by the Tequila Express Mariachi band. Then at 10 a.m. you board the Tequila Express train and ride throughout the agave fields all the while enjoying as much tequila, mixed drinks and beer that you can muster. The train ride lasts about 2 hours and in that time you enjoy music from ... read more
Mariachi Band
Picture with Karen Diaz
Emily & Elizabeth gearing up for Tequila!

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Tequila March 16th 2009

Not only is Tequila a well known drink, it is a small city in Jalisco, México, and yes, the birthplace of the drink. This morning, I walked (ran when it was getting late) a few miles looking for the corner to catch a bus to tour some tequila distilleries and to see the town of Tequila. After having to ask for directions (it turned out the that there had a lot of construction going on so the streets had been closed off nearby), I made it just in time and got the last seat. Think of it as little like a day tour in Napa Valley, only you're in México. There is a famous tequila train tour that leaves from Guadalajara too, but I took a bus tour - it is much less expensive ($260 pesos ... read more
Agave juice
Tequila Tres Mujeres
Agave fields

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Tequila June 23rd 2008

Well, the day to Tequila seems to be a bit of a blur now not because of the tequila so much but because we´re actually in Tulum as I write and it´s been almost a week since Tequila... So, after the Mexicana online booking debacle we headed off to Tequila at around 1.30 on the Tequila bus. (And no, it´s not some boozy, tequila swilling bus ideal for partying it´s just the name of the bus company). A lot later than we had anticipated that morning and a lot tenser. I think both of us felt the reprieve of having a near empty bus to collect our thoughts and patience in. So, when we finally arrived in Tequila I for one was ready to visit a distillery. Only thing was that by the time we got ... read more

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Tequila January 31st 2008

We flew through the night from Los Angeles to Guadalajara. It was extremely cheap to upgrade to first class so we did so, it was so nice. It spoils you for when you eventually have to fly again in economy. Lupe's brother and father picked us up at the airport. There was actually a Starbucks in the airport, a nice surprise. We jumped in the truck and headed to Tequila. It was so cool, and yes, full of tequila. It was rough trying to enjoy everything, while trying to stay awake. Then drinking tequila at a factory, does not help. Every store you go to, they are willing to give you samples of tequila, aka shots for free. ... read more

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Tequila January 24th 2008

Back to Rio Caliente In January 2008, I once again flew to Mexico for a restful week of hiking, yoga, good food and wonderful conversation at the Rio Caliente Spa in the mountains above Guadalajara. But something was very different this year. This time Cindy was with me. It was our honeymoon. I admit to a bit of trepidation taking my beloved to my favorite place in the world. But as a newlywed of two days it was more wonderful than ever before -- the perfect place for solitude, companionship, long walks and talks, warming by the fire in our room in the evening and again before an early morning hike. It was the perfect honeymoon. I mention Tequila because that is the nearest place listed to Rio Caliente which is near the town of Prima ... read more

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Tequila January 21st 2008

We arrived in Guadalajara at 12 noon. Big city and very smoggy. Pieter had the idea of moving on to Tequila so we did. We found the Tequila Plus service at the Antigua Central Bus Terminal and off we went. It took close on an hour just to get out of the city again and 2 hours to get to Tequila. Towards the end of the trip we started to see lots of the pretty pale blue agave plants used to make tequila. The town of Tequila was quite tiny and we only had to walk a couple of blocks from the bus stop to find a hotel. The Hotel Posada del Agave was beautiful painted in green with the agave motif appearing on the bathroom tiles. We got a comfortable quiet back room for P$300 ... read more
Free booze
Our hotel
Tequila museum




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