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Tequila Trails & Coastal Tales

Embark on a vibrant 10-day journey through Jalisco. This itinerary captures the essence and spirit of one of Mexico’s most iconic states. From the bustling streets of Guadalajara to the tranquil shores of Sayulita, this tour offers a comprehensive exploration of Jalisco’s rich cultural heritage and stunning natural landscapes. Experience the birthplace of tequila in the town of Tequila, where you can indulge in authentic spirit tastings and learn about the traditional distillation processes. Dive into the artistic enclave of Tlaquepaque, engage in hands-on artisan workshops, and enjoy local gastronomic delights. The adventure continues with a scenic train ride through agave fields, marine explorations in the Marietas Islands, and relaxing beach days in Sayulita, known for its laid-back vibe and surf-friendly waves. Each day is designed to offer a deep dive into the local culture, history, and recreational activities, making it perfect for those who seek a dynamic and enriching Mexican vacation. Stay in unique accommodations like tequila barrel rooms and beachside boutique hotels, enhancing your experience with unforgettable charm. Ideal for families, couples, and groups of friends, this trip is fully customizable to suit your travel preferences, ensuring memories to last a lifetime. Whether adjusting the tour’s length or altering the sequence of activities, your adventure can be tailored to match your desires.

10 Days – From £3,700 per person

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Tequila, Puerto Vallarta

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Mentioned hotels with breakfast 
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers by car and boat on a private basis
  • All entrance & guiding fees
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Mexico)
  • Domestic Flights
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Mexico start from £580 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year. There are no direct flights to Guadalajara (GDL), so you will have to connect in Mexico City (MEX).

Send us a message on WhatsApp or email us at explore@boutiquetravelexperts.com to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor the trip up to your plans and bookother  hotels. You can also combine this trip with other regions. For more Mexico travel inspiration check these itineraries.

The ideal months to follow this itinerary are November to April. This period avoids the intense summer heat and the rainy season that starts in June, which although brief, can bring heavy showers. This timing aligns well with visiting a variety of settings from city landscapes in Guadalajara to the natural beauty of the coastal and agave regions, ensuring a comfortable and enriching experience​.

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Mexico Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Guadalajara

Arrive in Guadalajara, the heart of Jalisco and the birthplace of tequila, welcoming you with its vibrant urban atmosphere. After our driver picks you up from the airport, settle into Casa Habita, your elegant retreat in the city. This boutique hotel offers amenities such as a spa and a serene pool area, perfect for unwinding after your journey. If you’re up for it, take a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood this evening to immerse yourself in the local culture, perhaps enjoying a meal at a nearby restaurant to sample some regional delicacies. Overnight at Casa Habita.

Guadalajara, Mexico

Day 2 - Guadalajara & Charrería

Start your day with a guided tour of Guadalajara, exploring the rich tapestry of history and architecture that adorns the city’s streets. Visit the Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Teatro Degollado, and the Cathedral of the Assumption, each site showcasing a unique blend of neoclassical, baroque, and gothic styles. Delve into the local culture with a visit to the Guadalajara Regional Museum and the ornate Government Palace. In the afternoon, experience the traditional Charrería, a competitive event similar to a rodeo and recognized by UNESCO as part of Mexico’s cultural heritage. This thrilling display of horsemanship is a deep dive into the customs that shape Jalisco’s identity. Overnight at Casa Habita.

Day 3 - Mazamitla

Depart Guadalajara for a scenic drive to Mazamitla, known as the ‘Mexican Switzerland’ for its stunning pine forests and mountainous landscape. First, stop at “Los Vampiritos” in San Luis Soyatlán to try some local spirits that reflect the area’s rich traditions in distilling. Continue to an eco-park for a gentle hike to a beautiful waterfall, a perfect spot for nature lovers. Arrive in Mazamitla and explore its charming streets, artisan shops, and the vibrant local market. Learn about the town’s history from your guide and enjoy some free time to indulge in local cuisine. The serene environment and rustic architecture add to the allure of this hidden gem. Conclude the day’s adventure with a drive back to Guadalajara, taking in the tranquil evening scenery. Overnight at Casa Habita.

Mazamitla, Mexico

Day 4 - Tlaquepaque

Explore Tlaquepaque, a “Pueblo Mágico” that captivates with its rich cultural tapestry and vibrant artistic community. With your guide, stroll through historic neighborhoods, learning about the town’s storied past and its colonial architecture. Engage with local artisans in their workshops, participating as an apprentice to understand the intricate craft techniques passed down through generations. Later, visit a traditional Mexican sweet shop to savor the region’s confectionery delights. Discover how local treats like rompope, chocolate, and cocada are made using time-honored methods. Overnight at Casa Habita.

Day 5 - Tequila

Leave the city behind as you head toward Tequila, a Pueblo Magico named after the iconic spirit, aboard the luxurious train – Jose Cuervo Express. Travel across the scenic agave landscape, enjoying Mexican snacks and cocktails. Experience a festive atmosphere complete with mariachi and traditional games. Upon arrival in Tequila, delve into the heart of Mexican spirit-making with a tour of La Rojeña, the oldest distillery in Latin America. Here, discover the intricate processes of tequila production and enjoy a tasting session that highlights the unique flavors of this iconic drink. Spend your evening in Tequila, staying at Matices Hotel de Barricas, where rooms are creatively shaped like enormous tequila barrels, offering a unique lodging experience. Enjoy an evening walk and perhaps a drink at La Capilla, a bar famous among tequila enthusiasts. Overnight at Matices Hotel de Barricas.

Tequila Town, Mexico

Day 6 - Tequila & Sayulita

Wake up surrounded by agave plants that stretch as far as the eye can see. This morning, tour a local distillery to see tequila’s journey from harvesting agave to distillation, highlighting the blend of tradition and modern techniques. Experience the flavors of tequila through guided tastings, deepening your appreciation for this iconic spirit. The journey shifts from the highlands to the Pacific’s edge, leading you to Sayulita, a picturesque village near Puerto Vallarta. Renowned for its laid-back atmosphere, vibrant streets, and beautiful beaches, Sayulita offers a peaceful retreat. Overnight in Hotel Boutique Siete Lunas.

Sayulita, Mexico

Day 7 - Marietas Islands

Set sail for an exhilarating snorkeling adventure to the Marietas Islands, a sanctuary renowned for its abundant marine life and unique geological formations. After a brief boat journey, dive into the vibrant waters of this National Marine Park, where you’ll be greeted by a colorful array of sea life and dramatic volcanic rock landscapes. Explore the secluded Playa del Amor, a hidden beach nestled beneath a natural stone dome, offering a rare and intimate experience with nature, is sure to be a highlight. Back in Sayulita, the afternoon offers a choice to catch a wave with a surfing lesson, courtesy of the town’s renowned surf-friendly beaches, perfect for beginners and seasoned surfers alike. Overnight in Hotel Boutique Siete Lunas.

Day 8 - Fishing & Las Caletas

Start with an early fishing excursion, immersing yourself in Sayulita’s rich marine environment. Alongside local fishers, you might catch tuna, marlin, or mahi-mahi, and see dolphins or even whales. Savor your catch at a local eatery, prepared fresh for your. Later, relax on the sun-drenched beaches, soaking in the serene ocean atmosphere. The day concludes with a sunset sail to Las Caletas, accessible only by water. Enjoy a candle-lit buffet dinner serenaded by traditional Mexican music, followed by “Alma,” a captivating show combining acrobatics, music, and storytelling, under the stars. Overnight in Hotel Boutique Siete Lunas.

Day 9 - Sayulita

Enjoy your final full day at your leisure in the picturesque village of Sayulita. Absorb the laid-back atmosphere, lounge on the golden sands, or engage in one last surfing session with expert guidance available on-site. For those visiting in the right season, the opportunity to observe sea turtles hatching could arise, offering a poignant glimpse into the cycle of marine life. As the day winds down, find a perfect spot on the beach to watch a spectacular sunset over the Pacific, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences of your journey.  Overnight in Hotel Boutique Siete Lunas.

Day 10 - Departure

After a leisurely breakfast, soaking in the final moments of tranquility and beauty that has defined your stay. As you prepare for departure, reflect on the rich tapestry of experiences, from the vibrant underwater worlds to the serene beaches and cultural richness encountered at every turn. With memories of sun-drenched days, majestic landscapes, and the warm hospitality of the people you’ve met, a private transfer will convey you to the nearest international airport. Your journey through Mexico concludes, but the stories and discoveries of this adventure will accompany you long after.

Ocean sunset in Mexico

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