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Tequila Volcano

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Full-Day Tequila Tour from Guadalajara
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Full-Day Tequila Tour from Guadalajara

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If you're curious to learn more about tequila, Mexico is truly the best place in the world to experience this distinctive liquor. Enjoy a singular tequila experience with this tasting tour from Guadalajara, where you not only sample this tasty Mexican product, but visit distilleries along the way. Highlights include exploring the village of Tequila, seeing actual agave fields, and satisfying your palate with an included distillery tasting.
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Craig G wrote a review Feb 2018
Maumee, Ohio624 contributions132 helpful votes
We drove most of the way around this large dormant cone to get from Guachimontones to Tequila for late lunch. This is a beautiful, scenic area to drive. We didn't have time to wander any trails or to closely look at the "Crater".
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Date of experience: February 2018
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lksjones wrote a review Jan 2018
Minnetonka, Minnesota126 contributions17 helpful votes
I would suggest getting a local person to guide you to the volcano. It's about a mile out of town. You will also want to drive some of the distance up unless you are planning to spend the entire day hiking. The Road is all inlaid rocks with many potholes, so if you can use a jeep or truck that would be best Now for the fun part, once you get up there it's absolutely breathtaking! The views of the area are amazing. Our guide was able to get us all the way up and I got the crater. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience for me. The hike is a little challenging. Wear good hiking boots. I wouldn't suggest tennis shoes, that's what I wore and it was a little tough on the feet because of the rockey climb.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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lfj56 wrote a review Dec 2017
Cronulla, Australia91 contributions29 helpful votes
Nice volcano to spy as you leave the town of Tequila, no need to make a special stop to visit this attraction
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Date of experience: December 2017
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DKPATEL wrote a review Nov 2017
Pune, India3 contributions3 helpful votes
Please do not visit this place. It has a board private property written once you reach near to summit. You will not able to visit the place.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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John P wrote a review Jul 2016
Guadalajara, Mexico338 contributions201 helpful votes
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At the southwestern edge of the town of Tequila, alongside the railway station, a cobblestone road begins and then winds its way uphill for 18 kilometers to two sets of microwave antennas which rise from opposite ends of the crater rim. The old road is not in the best shape, but any high clearance vehicle can get up the volcano without a problem. We made our first stop at altitude 1500 meters where oak trees and black cedars abounded and a playful squirrel cuckoo frolicked overhead. From this point onwards, bunchgrass becomes more and more prevalent. At a distance of 10.5 kilometers from the train station—altitude 2000 meters—the trees are much taller as they compete for light. Among them is Pinus devoniana, which produces extraordinarily long pine cones. On the roadside, biologist Julio Álvarez spotted a number of butterworts or mountain violets (Pinguicula), a very curious little carnivorous plant whose leaves grow flat on the ground and are covered with a sticky substance which traps and then digests small insects. Further on, among the leaves, lay bright yellow Amanita mushrooms, which, our biologist informed us, could be edible, poisonous or hallucinogenic. These in particular, we learned later, were Caesar's Mushrooms (Amanita caesarea), so called because they were a favorite of the Roman Emperor Claudius, but in Spanish they are known as Yema de Huevo, Egg Yolks. At a distance of 15.7 kilometers from the Tequila Railway Station, your car ride comes to an end in front of a locked gate with signs warning “private property.” Authorities in Tequila, however, state that the gate is “only meant to stop cars,” due to past problems of vandalism of the antennas. Hikers are allowed to proceed. If you are a birdwatcher, keep your eyes open for the spotted towhee, slate-throated redstart and the unusually large magnificent hummingbird. At this altitude (2700 meters) the road may suddenly be shrouded in fog as a cloud passes by. After a walk of 1.5 kilometers, a trail appears on the left (at N20.78951 W103.84820). Follow it uphill and you will find yourself perched on the crater rim, with the tall volcanic plug, popularly called La Tetilla, looming above you. The trail—hard to spot when covered with leaves—heads east and then southeast for 694 meters, plunging you into a phantasmagorical landscape quite unlike what you would expect to see inside a crater. The bunchgrass now dominates and all the trees are “natural bonsais,” some barely two meters tall. Here you'll find St. Benedict's Thistle (cardo santo), large Guadalajarana agaves, and a cypress tree which grows only on this volcano...and if you are lucky you may come across a rare govenia purpusii orchid growing on the ground. The trail ends at the base of the plug which was pushed up from the center of the crater about 200,000 years ago when it stopped erupting. Tequila Volcano was probably the source of several of Jalisco's important obsidian flows. Belayed by a good mountain climber, most people can scale the tetilla to enjoy the reward of a 360-degree view of western Mexico from altitude 2920 meters above sea level. On a clear day, the agave fields, stretching off into the distance, look a lot like blue-green lakes. How to get there Take libre highway 15 west from Guadalajara. As you approach the town of Tequila, turn south onto a street called Filosofos (at N20.88048 W103.82908). From here use Google Maps to guide you to the start of the cobblestone road (at N20.87231 W103.84263). Drive uphill 15.7 kilometers to the locked gate (N20.79208 W103.85348) and park. After hiking up the road 1.2 kilometers, you'll come to a crossroads. Take the right fork and after 400 meters, at N20.78951 W103.84820, you'll see the trail head on your left. You'll find this trail, which takes you across the crater, on Wikiloc.com under “Magic Circle 001.” Driving time from Guadalajara to the parking spot: about 90 minutes.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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