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Agave Landscape near Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico

Agave Landscape near Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico

In the agave landscape near Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico, Near Guadalajara there are attractive areas for tourism to visit, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2006, the agave landscape of Jalisco is the birthplace of one of Mexico’s most representative drinks: Tequila. Discover this amazing region!

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Agave Landscape near Guadalajara Tourism

When I found out that the agave landscape had been recognized in the Thirtieth Assembly of UNESCO, held in Lithuania, as a World Heritage Site, I was not surprised. This is certainly a unique and paradigmatic region that developed and grew accompanying history of an important region of our country. That landscape that was part of the inner life of the estates producing tequila for more than 200 years, had leaked to the world stage to add more to an award that had won as spirit.

True, and this was settled, the agave landscape includes blue plant crops, distilleries, factories, pubs, clandestine distilleries of the time of the colonial administration, urban settlements of Tequila, Arenal and Amatitlan, besides the archaeological Teuchitlán.

And this is because the drink now recognized by historians, poets and artists of renown has a long history dating back to pre-Hispanic world. A decoction of the cones, gave the old settlers prove satisfying pieces of “mezcal” that left a pleasant taste on the palate, a fact that is apparent in our day to try the pineapple slices and sweet cooked submitted yet or as a snack in some markets in the region. Pray well, in the fifties, these small pieces of pineapples sold in markets of Mexico City. Today could prove one of them to visit a factory producing tequila.

Agave Landscape near Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico

A great transformation

When the Spaniards realized that these pads contain sugars that could be alcohol, undertook to cook the pineapple juice to ferment after and get the wort would happen after the distillation system that the Arabs had taken to Spain. So get a drink called mezcal wine. In the case of agave known Weber tequilana scientist, has become world famous as a cultural phenomenon called tequila.

A journey of the senses

Today as before, is very attractive to make the trip to learn about the agave landscape. Just about 60 kilometers west of Guadalajara first appear even invade agave fields and verges of roads and highways.

The tequila fame spread throughout the world and very few people today are reluctant to give this drink with crystal-clear on shaking breaks into beads on the surface of the vessels. The old factories still in the middle of the last century (1940) produced between 500 and 1,000 liters of tequila were insufficient daily. Domestic demand driven from the eighties by the recognition that the drink reached in various world capitals, broke the last remaining barrier and broke horses in the best places and the homes of the wealthy from around the country.

Today this cultural phenomenon known as agave landscape has thousands of visitors who are eager to take on Highway 15 and discover places like Arenal tequila heart, Amatitlan and the magical town of Tequila.

It’s worth getting there and visit the Canyon Tequila, if you are lucky and if you get a good certified tour guide, you’ll even hear about the miracles of Santo Toribio Romo, a martyr of the Cristero War. At Tequila a must is the National Museum of Tequila, where you know in detail the production process, in addition to fun facts and an amazing collection of bottles of tequila. Some people prefer to do the train route from Guadalajara, addressing the Tequila Express, which provides the service on Saturday and Sunday to go directly to the most important factories, know the process, try white and rested, get the smell of must, admire the old factories and new distillation columns.

A break can be especially for those who wish to accompany the blue agave drink the magic of Jalisco kitchen products. How to resist a birria original, pozole and some delicious roasted truly regional, amid a traditional ending to subjugate the skeptics.

Some people are more adventurous and called Guachimontones wonder, for that wonderful place explored over 30 years by a relentless American archaeologist named Phil C. Weigand. Uncovered, Guachimontones in Teuchitlán has become a magnet for all those interested in the search for the origins of Mexican cultures. Given its geographic location, Teuchitlán part of agave landscape and obviously was in these parts where the ingenuity of the settlers discovered agave pineapple and cooking for its first plant juices.

View images on television agave landscape with the camera moving at high speed on them is exciting, admire the pictures of the blue agave fields of plants and red earth is a visual experience that is second only images we left the chamber Figueroa, but walking or jogging in search of the horizon between the rows of agaves that are whimsical geometric figures in all directions, can be an unforgettable experience, in any case it is to live in real time and sometimes unattainable.

World Cultural Landscape

The agave landscape was inscribed on the category of cultural landscapes in the Assembly XXX World Heritage Committee of UNESCO. This safeguard universal covering Tequila Valley region, which includes 36.658 acres, plant crops blue, distilleries, factories, pubs, clandestine distilleries of the time of the colonial administration, urban settlements of Tequila, Arenal and Amatitlan addition to the archaeological remains of Teuchitlán.

Tequila Express

Train to tequila express

Train to Tequila Express

It’s a train consisting of four cars with capacity for 68 people. Exits Guadalajara, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 20:00 hours. Tickets can be purchased with Services and Tourism of Guadalajara, in the Historic Center delegation, Chapala, Cocula and Tequila. We recommend buying a month and a half in advance. More information call: +52 33 3659 9379l.


rounded pyramids, guadalajara, Guachimotones

Guachimontones Rouded Pyramids

He had his best between the years 200-400 Bebore of our era and declined around 900 AD It has been difficult to establish the characteristics of its settlement, but for the visitor to know the circular structures of its construction, the evidence of the magnificent flying and ball games, are enigmatic because it is a unique case in the Classic cultures of Mesoamerica and Western Mexico.


Train to tequila express

Jose Cuervo Express VS Tequila Express

Cuervo vs Herradura

Tequila Express or Jose Cuervo Express???

If you are confused about what Tequila train is best for you read on. There are several differences between Jose Cuervo Express and Tequila Express Train.   Enjoy  the aromas, colors and history that surround this spirited drink. Make it a fun and educational experience.

For many of us in Mexico a train ride to Amatitan or to Tequila in the state of Jalisco is a journey to the past.  Nostalgic memories we keep from the not so distant past.   Regular passenger trains stopped covering the country in end of last century.

Over the past 150 years, the railways have been involved in the formation and development of modern Mexico. Besides its enormous economic and social contribution, this transport has generated an inseparable historical and cultural heritage, as part of a national collective memory.

After 14 years the train again has gone to work with Tequila Express staring in 2005.  This Tequila experience used to be on a train but nowadays takes place on a bus.  It is the same quality of service, same attractions as before but on a Bus.

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in now enriched by Cuervo Tequila Express,  responsible for dusting the tracks further west of Guadalajara making this magical town another option for a memorable vacation.  Several train carts brought from Europe had to be adopted to fit Mexico rail tracks.

The trains will return in the afternoon after about 60 kilometers, just for visitors to admire the sunset over the green landscape full of blue agave plants.  


For two hours commuting enjoyed every one of the exclusive cars including the bar, dining room and the VIP, where delicious snacks are offered Mexican, margaritas and a variety of distinctive cocktails.
At Tequila Town enjoyed the tour of the distillery’s Rojeña, the oldest in Latin America, where we learned the history of tequila, from agave jima up an experience for the senses in an unrivaled professional tasting tequila.

Traveling from Guadalajara to Tequila


You can also participate in an incredible journey through the agave fields nestled a few miles from the Tequila volcano, whose explosion 22,000 years ago, gave the land the minerals that make possible the sweet flavor of the blue agave type, known as “tequilana weber “.

There, in the midst of red earth and black obsidian stones, the jimadores (farmers) waiting patiently for agaves are 12 or 13 years and reach maturity to be processed. Once the blue agave plant is ripe, cut their long fronds (leaves) edged up to leave a huge ball that resembles a pineapple, the interior sugars will need to be cooked to be transformed into sugars,  after distillation process occurs, ancestral concoction that has brought fame to Mexico.


Tequila Tour

A girl waiting for the Express Train to Tequila

Move to the center of the town of Amatitan, the birthplace of the renowned drink, involves being seduced by the more than 35 000 hectares of agave fields that populate the nearby hills and the villages surrounding environment where tranquility reigns and the colorful houses.
The distillery hacienda San Jose del Refugio, whose building dates to the colonial times was a hacienda and a library, retains traditional ovens for baking the agave and stills (containers) where tequila is produced since the XVII Century.
Equally ancient are the cellars, there are between the white oak and French oak a pleasant aroma that blends essences of chocolate, wood and alcohols, emanating from the tequila that is aged and rest there for a few years.

The treasure of both haciendas is definitely in the cellar, under a dim light that stores the “jugs”, small glass bottles that hold the tequila produced between 1800 and 1900, the taste of which have only tried a few.
The mariachi, always present in these lands, is the finale of a visit to the past, a history that began in pre-Hispanic times, when, according to legend, an agave lightning fire, with the goddess Mayahuel Tequila discovered , the Mexican drink that has swept the world.


Guadalajara Tour

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Phone: 33 3659 9379
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