It was an early Monday morning. After admiring yet another stunning sunrise over the mountains of Chihuahua and home made burrito breakfast in the airport, the 19 of us found ourselves in the dry heat of Guadalajara. We were in the middle of Mexico’s west.
The first stop of our Jalisco adventure was the capital – Guadalajara. Once a promised land to Spain and the Spanish colonialist, now a perfect representation of the Hispanic influence to the history of Mexico. Being here somewhat felt like being in Jerez de la Frontera, so called the most Spanish city in Spain: the type of architecture, the mix of white and yellow and the heat! Only Sherry wine (the typical strong and sweet wine of Andalusia) was replaced with tequila… and the food… the strong spicy food will make you quickly realize where you are.
Despite the heat, I truly enjoyed Guadalajara: the architecture, and the city vibe felt more relaxed and more enjoyable. Fiesta here is much easier to find than in DF, and it does not matter, on which day of the week you happen to find yourself here. The city was green and colorful with blossoming trees and flowers – another sign of getting closer to the jungle.
For sleeping, we chose the Tlaquepaque neighborhood/previously a village, absorbed by the growing Guadalajara. You won’t go wrong with staying here. If not, a visit here is must! Walk through the main street and you will be amazed by the workshops of local pottery/ceramic artists. The main square, next to the cathedral is the best spot to observe the local life, as neighbors meet here to catch the evening breeze.
And just after the sunset, right next in the Mariachi Square, watch the Mexican music spectacle. If you have a favorite folkloric beat, do not hesitate to ask for it. Simply write it down and pass it on to one of the mariachis on the stage.
The next day were off to Tequila town… Yes, there is an actual town called like this. The spirit made out of the agave plant can be called Tequila only if it was produced in one of these five states of Mexico: Jalisco, Michoacan, Guanajuato, Nayarit and Tamaulipas. Jalisco and Tequila town, the “birthplace” of this spirit, is right in the center of this famous drink production and culture around it.
The town worthily holds the Pueblo Magico title and is the World Heritage Site. A number of big Tequila brands have their production factories here and keep their doors and arms open to visitors to explain how the blue fields of agave end up in our glasses.
Here nobody drinks tequila as a shot with salt and lemon. With the quality of tequila that exists in Mexico As in Tequila town and in the rest of Mexico, tequila is an expensive and refined drink and is being tastefully sipped. But in Tequila town, where tequila houses keep their doors wide open, you will have no problem with tasting as much as you want or can handle…