Travel: Tequila, Jalisco

Today I want to talk to you about a “Pueblo Magico” (Magic Town). It’s name is Tequila, and it’s located in the state of Jalisco, Mexico (it’s about one hour away from the city of Guadalajara). I think that by now, you might have guessed what this town is all about, and if you’re anything like me, you’re already interested in visiting!

I mean, wherever there is tequila, there is fun, right?

I visited Tequila last year with my classmates from law school and let me tell you, it was the most fun we had in five years of knowing each other! We only stayed one night, but that is just enough to enjoy this beautiful town.

The first thing we did as we arrived was walk through the beautiful streets. Since this town was founded in 1530 you can imagine all the big, old buildings and houses decorating the streets. Tequila is also a very colorful town, so full of life and everyone is very friendly!

This beautiful mural was just outside our hotel
You can’t miss the “voladores de Papantla” show, downtown
And you can’t leave without trying a “tejuino” downtown. This is a cold beverage made from fermented corn, and it is original from the state of Jalisco (yes, my state has it all: tejuino, tequila and mariachi)

We decided to take a guided tour of the town in two mini buses, and it was very interesting! They described some of the oldest buildings in town and their history. We even got to see an old fortress called “La Villa Sauza”; it is huge and the owner, who was a very rich man, had a mini replica of the “Golden Gate Bridge” made in his property. His wife was from San Francisco, and she missed the city, so he said he wanted her to wake up every morning, look through her window and see part of her city (isn’t it romantic?).

This is one of the mini buses available
And this is the other one we used
On the inside of one of the buses says: “If you came to Tequila, and didn’t drink tequila, then why did you even come?”

Our second tour was at “Casa Jose Cuervo”. They showed us how tequila is made (fun fact: the beverage can be called “tequila” only if it’s made in this town and in a few other towns in the state of Tamaulipas. If it’s not made there, it has to be called “mezcal”). If you’re interested, you can visit their website here and reserve a guided tour. It has to be a group of at least five people (they have to be 18 and older, that’s the legal age for drinking in Mexico) and the price is $400 mxn per person (that’s about 20-22 dollars).

The main entrance of “Casa Jose Cuervo” has a huge crow
Throughout the tour they give you shots of their best tequila, (this is why people doing the tour must be 18+), and if you think that tequila burns, just wait until they give you a shot of STRAIGHT tequila🔥
They show you step by step how tequila is made
Another figure inside “Casa Jose Cuervo”
At the end of the tour they take you downstairs, where they have their best tequila (the one that is only for family and close friends of the family).
In case you want to see more of Tequila, here’s a fun vlog I found. This beautiful couple took the tour that we also took at the Jose Cuervo Tequila Factory, so if you’re curious about how tequila is made, make sure to check it out!

Our little trip was so much fun, it brought us all together at least for one night and we made incredible memories! At some point we ended up getting a Mariachi and dancing with a group of strangers (because, why not?), that ended up being lawyers as well… From Germany! Definitely a trip to remember🥃

So, what do you think? Had you ever heard of Tequila, Jalisco before? Would you like to visit someday, or have you already been there? Let me know in the comments!

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