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One of the best parts about visiting Puerto Vallarta Mexico is that it’s an ideal location for taking day and weekend trips to other beautiful destinations in Mexico. There’s no shortage of incredible beach towns nearby like Sayulita and San Pancho, but if you’re looking for something a little different then take a day trip to Tequila from Puerto Vallarta.
This post will go over everything you need to know about planning a day or weekend trip to Tequila from Puerto Vallarta!
Where (and what) is Tequila?
Mexico is world-famous for Tequila (the drink), and this small town is the best place to learn more about it.
During the colonial era, Tequila was the administrative capital of the area and the center of the tequila industry by the XVII century.
Today, Tequila is still one of the main production areas for Tequila with its massive fields of blue agave fields that only grow in a few spots in Mexico. It’s in the state of Jalisco, about four hours from Puerto Vallarta
It’s is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and Pueblo Magico, a designation by the Mexico tourism board for towns with cultural heritage. So needless to say, this town is pretty special! It’s one of the nine Pueblos Magicos to see in Jalisco.
How To Get To Tequila From Puerto Vallarta
The easiest way to get to Tequila from Puerto Vallarta is by renting a car. The trip takes about four hours via highway 200. As most people end up drinking in Tequila, I would turn this into an overnight trip and spend the night.
Another option is to share a bla bla car. My friend did this from Puerto Vallarta and said it worked well!
If you aren’t comfortable driving or just want a guided experience, there are also tours available to Tequila from Puerto Vallarta.
This 12-hour tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off, breakfast, entrance fees, and a tequila tasting for a day-long immersion in authentic Mexican culture.
As Tequila is just an hour from Guadalajara, a beautiful city in Mexico, many people combined the two destinations in one trip.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any direct busses from Puerto Vallarta to Tequila that I know of so you’ll have to bus to Guadalajara first and then get a bus from there.
In Guadalajara, head to the Tequila Express bus station. The bus takes about 1.5 hours and leaves every hour or so in each direction.
By Flight via Guadalajara
If you are short on time you can fly to Guadalajara From Puerto Vallarta which takes less than an hour.
This is what I did as I went for a weekend trip to Guadalajara and did Tequila as a day trip from there. I got a round-trip flight for less than $100 from the local airline Aeromar and took the bus to Tequila from Guadalajara.
For one of the most unique and bucket-list-worthy experiences in Mexico, you can get to tequila by riding on the Jose Cuervo Express, an all-you-can-drink Tequila train. It’s an 11-hour journey through the state of Jalisco, between Guadalajara and the actual town of Tequila, with sightseeing, cocktails experiences along the way.
How Long to Spend in Tequila
Tequila is about four hours from Puerto Vallarta so while you can visit as a day trip, I recommend staying overnight or combining it with Guadalajara for a weekend trip otherwise it’s going to be a really long day.
Best Things to do in Tequila Mexico
Take a Tequila tour
This is of course the number one thing you should do while visiting Tequila! You can either arrange a tour in advance or try to get on one once you’re there.
I recommend getting there early if you don’t book in advance as the tours often fill up. We didn’t book in advance, ended up showing up late in the afternoon, and were only able to get a Spanish tour. I still enjoyed it, but would have been nice to understand everything the guide said.
We left the town on a giant-pepper-shaped bus and headed towards a local distillery where we were given samples of Tequila on arrival.
After a few samples and obligatory photo op, we went inside for a walking tour of the distillery to see how the Tequila is made from Agave plants to the finished product, all smells included. They also showed us where the Tequila is stored underneath in the cellar.
My favorite part of the tour was getting to visit the never-ending fields of agave fields. They are so beautiful against the backdrop of the mountains!
Once we got back to town we were given more Tequila shots at their local shops and sent on our way to explore Tequila.
Walk around the town (shopping + eating)
While in Tequila, spend a couple of hours strolling around the town, wandering the charming cobblestone streets and well-preserved colonial buildings that will make you feel transported back in time.
Be sure to check out the main square, Plaza Principal, and the town’s main church, Parroquia Santiago Apóstol, which was built in the 18th century. Nearby the main square there is a street full of delicious food stalls. Don’t be afraid to try it!
Tequila is also a great place to go shopping and pick up some local Mexican souvenirs. I found the prices here to be much better than Puerto Vallarta and it’s where I found my favorite hat!
The National Tequila Fair (early December)
If you’re a real die-hard Tequila fan then you can visit during the National Tequila Fair and you’ll be able to see an exhibit of the main tequila manufacturers in Mexico. This is a great way to sample all of the Tequila and the prices are typically better.
Where to Stay in Tequila
If you want to spend the night in Tequila, which I recommend if you’re coming all the way from Puerto Vallarta, then here are a few great options to choose from:
Matices Hotel de Barricas has barrel-shaped rooms making it one of the most unique places to stay in Tequila! Plus it’s located next to a Tequila Brewery that offers tequila tasting sessions and guided tours of the facility 🙂
Each barrel features a spacious, air-conditioned room layout with a private terrace that offers great views of the surrounding landscapes. You can sample regional food and tequila-based cocktails at the on-site restaurant, and walk to central Tequila in around 10 minutes.
If you’re looking for a bit of luxury, look no further than Hotel Solar de las Animas. This five-star hotel features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, garden, sauna, and terrace.
Tequila is a small place and you can pretty much walk from anywhere in town to the main plaza, so getting a hotel around here is your best bet if you don’t have your own car.
I loved visiting Tequila, it’s such a cute town. If you’re spending some time in Puerto Vallarta, plan a weekend to Guadalajara and Tequila. It’s guaranteed fun!
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