¡Ay Jalisco!

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Arguably there is no state that is home to more Mexican traditions known world wide than Jalisco!

We first take you to the state capital of Guadalajara, Mexico’s 2nd city and home to over 5 million people. Here we take a city tour in the historic centre to learn some more about the history and culture that founded and developed the city that it is today. In the evening visit one of the city’s many world class restaurants for fine dining or eat the delicious tortas ahogadas with the locals on a street corner.

From Guadalajara we make the short trip to the town of Magdalena, known for being located on a trans-continental vein of opals, and in particular fire opals. We visit the award wining Opalos de México with Don Javier, who takes us to a working open mine where you can hunt for your own opals (which you can keep should you be lucky enough to find them).

Then it is a quick journey to Tequila, home and birthplace of the iconic drink enjoyed by millions around the world. We take you into one of the oldest distilleries to learn about the process and also try some of the finest tequila available.

Our final stop are the alpine forests surrounding the magic town of Mazamitla. This picturesque town with its pitched tile roofs and wooden floors is a popular weekend getaway for the Guadalajara crowd, yet in the week it is quiet and wonderful to walk around, visit the local market, candy and punch factories, or the many small nurseries selling beautiful plants. Also we visit, taste and learn about what makes Tequila Tierra Noble so special due to its distilling at 7,200 feet above sea level.

4 days, 3 nights

Price

$6,800 pesos per person based on double occupancy
$1,800 pesos single person supplement

Duration

4 days, 3 nights

What’s included?

Transport
Accommodation
Breakfasts
Guide
Jose Cuervo Tour
Tierra Noble Tour

Difficulty

Medium

Whilst there is not a huge amount of walking, the altitude in Mazamitla can affect some people’s breathing. The walk to the mine in Magdalena is uphill and about 900m in total.

Climate

Warm in the day, and cooler at night. Mazamitla due to its altitude can have nighttime and early morning temperatures close to freezing.

Altitude

The city centre of Guadalajara is 1,556m (5,138ft) in altitude.

Mazamitla is at and altitude of 2,500m (8,202ft).

Measurements above sea level