Tequila is a municipality in Jalisco, Mexico, near Guadalajara. It is famous for being the birthplace of the tequila liquor. Its distilleries offer tours of the fabrication process and into the fields where the agave plant, from which it is made, is grown.
The beverage called tequila is really a variety of mezcal, made wholly or mostly from the blue agave plant. This plant is native to the Tequila area so this version of mescal was named after the town.
Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, native to this area. The heart of the plant contains sugars and had been used by native peoples here to make a fermented drink. After the Spanish arrived, they took this fermented beverage and distilled it, producing the tequila known today. The "Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila" has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
A surprising tradition is the nightly blessing of the town by the parish priest. At 21:00 every night, the priest offers blessings by ringing a bell three times, and directing the holy of holyest cross with the sacraments towards all 4 cardinal points. At this moment, everyone in the town stops what they are doing, including turning off things like the television or radio and stands for the blessing.
The city was home to 29,000 people in 2010.
- By bus - The bus from Guadalajara leaves regularly from the Central Camionera Vieja (Old Bus Station) near the centre of that city. From the bus station, it's a short walk from there to the town centre.
- By car - From Guadalajara, take the main autopista towards Puerto Vallarta and turn towards Tequila once outside Guadalajara. Travel time should be no more than an hour.
The town is small enough to walk around. All the major attractions (town square, church, distilleries) are within spitting distance of each other.
The big attraction here is the drink which shares the town's name. All the tourist shops are full of Tequila souvenirs, bottles, shot glasses, etc. There are a number of distilleries and tours about the tequila-making process. Apart from that, there are two churches in the centre and the central plaza, which also has a monument to a revolutionary hero. A small tianguis (street market) also operates.
- Our Lady of the Purísima Concepción (in the centre of the town). Open every day. It was built in the 18th century by Martín Casillas. The church has a stone facade, a bell tower and inverted truncated pyramid (estipite) pilasters that flank the main portal. The portal has two levels and a crown. The first level contains the door arch with has moulding and a seal and is supported by two Doric columns. The upper portion contains a window with moulding with Doric columns in each side, decorated with curves and vegetable motifs. The crown at the top contains a sculpture of the Archangel Michael in a niche flanked by Doric columns. The side portal is an arched entrance with Tuscan columns and cornice and a cross in relief at the midpoint. Inside are one nave and a Neoclassical main altar.
- Main Plaza, has a bandstand and monuments to Mexican heroes.
- José Cuervo Distillery, First tequila manufacturer. Offers a range of tours, from the 'Clásico' which is about M$100 (pesos), up to M$380. The more expensive ones generally just include extra tasting sessions, except for the most expensive one which also has a tour of the fields where the agave plant is grown.
- The National Museum of Tequila (MUNAT)
- The National Festival of Tequila is held every year from the end of November to the middle of December. During this event, a Tequila Queen is crowned and the main distillers in the area all have a presence with samples of their tequila. There are also charreada events and a parade with floats, cockfights, mariachis, fireworks and rides. This festival coincides with the feast of Tequila's patron saint, Our Lady of the Purisíma Concepción.
- Take a walk, The countryside outside the town is lovely to walk through and you can visit the agave plants without having to take a tour.
- You can rappel in seasonal waterfalls, hike to the Cascade of the Azules, and watch birds.
Tequila obviously, there are a number of shops on the way to and from the bus station which have various selections. Generally the tourist shops all carry the same things, shot glasses, tequila sets (bottle of tequila and five or so glasses), souvenir barrels and t-shirts. Most of which can be found in other places including Guadalajara.
In Tequila, almost all the t-shirts contain the word 'Tequila, Puebla Mágica'(magic village) or a variation, even if the picture on the image is unrelated to tequila, e.g. a picture of Che Guevara or Mexican film legend Pedro Infante.
There are plenty of restaurants and food stands around the centre. Most will only have typical Mexican food, but many have a wider selection. Almost the ones where you can sit down will have a wide variety of tequila and other alcoholic drinks. Typical Mexican prices.
There is a great variety of seasonal fruits such as ovo, which is a fruit that only grows in this place.
Number of hotels in the centre.
|Routes through Tequila|
|Tepic ← Ixtán del Río ←||W E||→ Guadalajara → Zamora de Hidalgo|