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Guadalajara: Selva Magica Park with VIP Pass

1. Guadalajara: Selva Magica Park with VIP Pass

Pre-book your Selva Magica Park VIP Pass and get access to 29 attractions, the comando (command) area, and your choice of a combo lunch. Try extreme attractions such as the haunted house, Bat Flyer, Titan VR, and the waterfalls. Come and find something fun to do at Selva Magica with your school, agency, company, friends, or family.  Dare to feel the flight of Aladdin, one of the most popular attractions of Selva Magica. Then, experience going up like a bullet and descending at full speed from the highest point of the park on the Bullet.  Splash in the water inside a huge bubble, ride a kid-approved Ferris wheel, race to the finish line in a racing kart, and much more. Don't miss spinning at high speeds to the beat of the music on Music Flyer. In between your fun, enjoy a soda and your choice of a single lunch item (pasta, lasagna, pizza, salad, hamburger, or hot dog). 

From Guadalajara: Tequila Day Trip with Jose Cuervo Option

2. From Guadalajara: Tequila Day Trip with Jose Cuervo Option

Discover the elaboration process of tequila by visiting a traditional distillery, and you can upgrade your experience by selecting the option of visiting a second distillery, the José Cuervo Distillery. Drive into the countryside of Mexico’s renowned tequila-producing region for a tour and tasting at one of the most famous tequila distilleries in the world. Pass the agave fields en route from Guadalajara. Then, learn about the fermentation process, and past and present-day tequila production techniques. Discover tequila’s indigenous origins and the Spanish who distilled the beverage into the tequila known today. At the end of the guided visit, you will enjoy a tasting of this national drink after exploring the town of Tequila with your guide. In the case that you choose the José Cuervo Distillery option, you would be transferred to Tequila after the visit to said distillery. During the 1-hour drive to Tequila, stop to admire mountain vistas and the fields of agave azul (blue agave), the succulent plant used to make tequila, Mexico’s national drink. These blue-green patches of agave plants blend beautifully with the earth tones in the natural landscape. At Tequila, you will be given free time to explore its streets on your own, you can have lunch or go shopping and purchase some tequila for you to remember the experience! Finally, you will again meet your guide to return to Guadalajara and be dropped at one of the three possible points downtown.

From Guadalajara: Tequila Trail Tour with Tasting

3. From Guadalajara: Tequila Trail Tour with Tasting

Learn all about Tequila on a guided tour. Visit the fields where agave grows, a distillery for a tasting, and the towns of Tequila and Amatitán with a certified guide. Start your adventure by being picked up from the lobby of your hotel or another address in Guadalajara. Head off along Mexico's Tequila Trail. First, stop to admire the Agave Landscape. Take photos and walk among the agave plants in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See how this raw material for Tequila reproduces. Next, discover how Mexico's national drink is made at an artisanal distillery. Watch all the steps involved in creating different types of Tequila. Then, enjoy a Tequila tasting experience before visiting the Magical Town of Tequila. Explore downtown Tequila, see the church, buy arts and crafts, and try the local food and drinks like 'cantaritos.' Finally, hop back into the van to return to Guadalajara.

Guadalajara: Mexican Charro and Charreada Cultural Tour

4. Guadalajara: Mexican Charro and Charreada Cultural Tour

Spend a day in the ‘boots’ of a traditional Mexican Charro and be part of a Charreada (rodeo) on a guided tour where you will learn why the Charro is a UNESCO recognized identity of  Mexican culture. Get picked up and begin your tour with a bit of city history as you drive through historic neighborhoods that were very important at the beginning of Charrería history.  Arrive at the Lienzo, a type of cowboy arena, where a Charro will welcome you and give you an introduction to the origins of the Mexican Charro in the arena’s museum.  See the fantastic collection of different accessories and traditional costumes that Charros use every Sunday in the Charreada, which is a competitive event similar to a rodeo. Get a lesson on how to use the lasso’s used by the Charros and learn the differences between a Mexican lasso and those used in other cultures in the world. Brush and saddle up the horses and see how they are chosen for the parade that begins the Charrería. If possible, ride a horse along with other Charros so you can be part of this exciting parade. Take part in some traditional tasks as your Charro guide explains each of the different activities that take place during a Charreria. Celebrate the end of this unique cultural experience alongside your new Charro friends drinking some tequila and listening to the sounds of mariachi guitars.

Mexico: eSIM Mobile Roaming Data Plan

5. Mexico: eSIM Mobile Roaming Data Plan

Choose the data plan and validity period that suits your travel needs, then purchase it. Download a QR code, and print or scan it to another device. Next, connect to the internet on your smartphone, via WiFi or mobile data, and scan the QR code to install the eSIM package to your device. Following this, connect to the local data network in Mexico and start using your favorite apps. Browse the web, update your social media, and more. Buy another plan if you use up all the data and need to top up. Also, follow the troubleshooting guide if you have any problems using it.

Guadalajara: Selva Mágica Park Platinum Pass

6. Guadalajara: Selva Mágica Park Platinum Pass

Explore Selva Mágica amusement park in Guadalajara with your Platinum Pass. Have an incredible adventure with friends and family as you take on exciting rides and visit fun attractions available for all ages. With your Platinum Pass enjoy 17 attractions to amuse yourself and fellow visitors. Head to the Sesame Street area for kids and check out the Elmo Bus. Take a spin on a classic carousel and then explore a crooked house or house of terror. Get your adrenaline pumping on one of the many extreme roller coasters, including a thrilling VR ride. Feel the excitement of riding a pirate ship, the music flyer, or a hurricane ride during your visit to Selva Mágica.

Guadalajara: Culture, Architecture, and Market Walking Tour

7. Guadalajara: Culture, Architecture, and Market Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of Guadalajara with a guided tour of its colorful streets. Gaze at historic buildings, seize the chance to admire famous murals, and explore a local market to shop for food, candy, or souvenirs. Begin by discovering the cathedral in Plaza Guadalajara, then make your way to the main city squares, including the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres and Plaza de Armas. See the Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco and the ancient Teatro Degollado. Enjoy the possibility of accessing Instituto Cultural de Cabañas, a former orphanage, to see its incredible UNESCO-recognized murals. Finally, visit the traditional San Juan de Dios Market to get a feel for Mexican culture and the local lifestyle.

From Guadalajara: Town of Tequila & Jose Cuervo Factory Tour

8. From Guadalajara: Town of Tequila & Jose Cuervo Factory Tour

Embark on an insightful adventure in the state of Jalisco, perfect for all tequila fans. Take a guided tour of the town of Tequila with a transfer from Guadalajara. Explore the agave fields and learn everything about the production process at the most famous tequila factory. Upon arrival in Tequila, step into the agave fields, where the legend of this sacred drink's origins comes from. Your tour guide will teach about how the agave is planted, carefully pruned, and extracted. Once in Downtown Tequila, see the production of tequila at the place that created this process more than 200 years ago. Inside the José Cuervo factory of La Rojeña, the raw material is cooked, extracted, fermented, and distilled to obtain the traditional Mexican drink. Finally, take some time to explore the charming town. Feel free to purchase lunch from one of the many restaurants on the main square, including a high-end restaurant, property of the Jose Cuervo brand. You can also try some seafood, tacos, and street food, such as the traditional 'marquesitas'.

From Guadalajara: Guided Tour to Mazamitla and Eco-Park

9. From Guadalajara: Guided Tour to Mazamitla and Eco-Park

Start your adventure by being picked up at the lobby of your hotel or address in Guadalajara and then start the journey to Mazamitla. On the way, you will stop at "Los Vampiritos" in San Luis Soyatlán, where you will learn about the traditional drinks of the area. Next, arrive at the Eco Park where you can visit the great waterfall with a short hike. Additionally, stop to visit a place with traditional wooden cabins and admire local architecture. Afterward, reach Mazamitla where you will learn about local history with your guide. Then, take some free time to eat some lunch and to explore this charming town. Admire the surroundings of oaks, pines, and waterfalls that shape its architecture. Stroll through the local market and find many arts and crafts made by local people. Afterward, hop back on the bus and return to Guadalajara.

From Guadalajara: Chapala Lake & Ajijic Tour

10. From Guadalajara: Chapala Lake & Ajijic Tour

Make the most of your day with this tour, visit Chapala Lake and Ajijic in a single day, and take advantage of this trip to try some of the typical food. Begin your tour to Chapala, where you will be able to visit the "Tienda Charra", as well as visit the restaurant "Piedra Barrenada", where you will be able to try its exquisite food. You will initiate a boardwalk around this awesome lake, which is one of the biggest ones in the Mexican territory, admire the views, and let yourself be delighted by the nature of the place. Also, you will be able to observe countless species of birds, as thanks to its pleasant climate Chapala Lake represents a perfect place for bird migration. Continue your visit through the Floresta, a place where foreigners go to retire, fleeing the extreme climates of their cities. Before having lunch, you will stop in Ajijic, where you will be able to enjoy some free time to explore the are on your own, and once you have fully visited the town, you will board the truck and be transferred to Piedra Barrenada, where you can get some food at your own expense. Conclude at the meeting point indicated by the guide and undertake your return.

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4.5 / 5

based on 210 reviews

This was such a great trip! I booked it at the last minute not knowing what to expect. It was so well organized that we covered all the high points and had the luxury of some free time to explore on our own. Our guide was so helpful and knowledgeable and just a nice person to be with. It was one of the best tours I've been on.

Trip was great, there was one thing that really bother us, we were left off across the street from the hotel, and it was the back of the hotel so we had to walk a lot I was so nervous, we did not know the area, I think you should drop people off just where you pick us up is was not nice to be dropped off across the street

This was a fun and great trip! Our guide was very knowledgeable and did an amazing job! Highly recommend this tour, best way to see Tequila. It’s a full day, beautiful views of Tequila from the restaurant and lots of Tequila to sample. We did the Jose Cuervo tour and it was definitely worth it!

Amazing! I learned so much about this Mexican tradition. I was blown away by the love, dedication and pride of the charros. The guides were eager to share their knowledge. I definitely recommend this tour. I will do it again!

The tour was very informative, and Maya our guide, was awesome!