Just returned from a truly memorable trip to Tequila in the State of Jalisco, Mexico. About six weeks ago, I informed friends that I was going to make this trip and that all were welcome to join - I had two takers; Dave and Brad. I had assistance in planning from a recent acquaintance, who is in the industry, and a friend her knows her tequila - thanks Andi! If you are thinking of making the trip, there'll be some great tips in this this multi-part recap. First, I'll cover some logistics.
We chose to fly from the Tijuana Airport for the 3 hour flight to Guadalajara. Use the Cross Border Xpress and it drops you right in the terminal in TJ - it's fast, clean and super convenient. The flight is approximately $200 return on Volaris. Once we arrived in Guadalajara (I love saying the name of that city), it was less than a 90 minute Uber to our hotel in Tequila - cost was less than $40. We stopped just outside the airport to get some beverages to accompany us on the journey.
Hotels in Tequila are a bargain. We chose the Hotel Casa La Gran Senora (Tripadvisor Reviews here), and we spent less than $50 per night. It was clean and conveniently located. If you don't speak Spanish, communication can be a challenge everywhere in the town of Tequila including this hotel. I recommend you visit the tripadvisor reviews here - if you are not visiting during a busy period, I suggest you book one night online and then negotiate a cheaper rate for additional nights or call a hotel directly. If you want a higher standard of accommodation then the Jose Cuervo owned Hotel Solar de Las Animas has a pool, gym and a great restaurant and is right in the center of town and is up to $150 USD per night.
Everything is walking distance in the town of Tequila. Many of the distilleries require transportation. There plenty of bars and restaurants in town but don't expect many familiar brands - no Starbucks, McDonald's or even a Taco Bell. The market next to the main square has great food vendors and less than $4.00 will get you a great meal.
That's it for my setup/introduction to my Tequila trip. The next post will cover Day 1.