- Take in a mariachi performance and enjoy Guadalajara's vibrant nightlight
- Drink tequila in Tequila
- Discover the unique pyramids of Los Guachimontones in Tequila Valley
- Enjoy a boat ride on Lago de Chapala
|Day 1||Welcome to Guadalajara!||Guadalajara|
|Day 2||Day tour of Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque||Guadalajara|
|Day 3||Visit Los Guachimontones; Tequila tour and tasting||Guadalajara|
|Day 4||Free day||Guadalajara|
|Day 5||Explore Lago de Chapala and the surrounding communities||Guadalajara|
|Day 6||Hike to a hidden waterfall outside Huaxtla||Guadalajara|
|Day 7||Free day||Guadalajara|
Day 1: Welcome to Guadalajara!
Welcome to Guadalajara! Meet your driver at the airport and transfer to your hotel to check in. Depending on your arrival time, you may like to set out and explore your surroundings. There's the option of joining a walking tour to discover Guadalajara's popular attractions.
Day 2: Day tour of Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque
After breakfast, meet your guide for your tour of this vibrant city, the birthplace of mariachi music and tequila. You will start the day with a visit to the bustling Mercado Libertad (Liberty Market) in the San Juan de Dios district, one of the oldest markets of the city. From there you will head to the historic center to discover popular sites, like the impressive mansion, El Palacio de las Vacas.
After lunch, you will visit the charming historic village of Tlaquepaque. Meaning "place above clay land", Tlaquepaque is known for its pottery and blown glass. You will have free time to explore the art galleries before taking in a Mariachi performance and returning to your hotel in the evening.
Day 3: Visit Los Guachimontones - Tequila tour and tasting
Today you will drive the hour west of Guadalajara to the prehispanic archaeological site of Los Guachimontones to see one of the only two circular style pyramids in Mexico—formed by the Teuchitlán culture that once thrived in the Tequila Valley (300 BCE - 900 CE).
After wandering the unique site, you will continue your journey to Tequila, passing by fields of blue agave to first enjoy lunch in a local market and to then visit a well-established distillery. Here you will learn about the process of making the town's namesake spirit (from agave, the liquor's main ingredient) as well as sample a flight of different tequilas to round out your education.
Back in Guadalajara, you will enjoy an evening out on the town, your guide showcasing Guadalajara's nightlife scene with some of the city's best hotspots.
Day 4: Free day
Today is yours to spend as you choose. After a night out on the town, you may want to start your day with what the locals consider to be the best hangover cure, tortas ahogadas (drowned sandwiches). Afterward, go for a stroll in Parque Colomos or put on your swimsuit and walk through the picturesque La Barranca de Huentitán park, following the track along the river to the thermal baths for a relaxing soak. From there, wander the hundreds of stalls in Mercado Libertad, take in a performance at the Teatro Degollado (free to enter when there isn't a show), and end the day with a dinner of another local favorite, birria (a spicy goat or lamb stew).
Day 5: Explore Lago de Chapala and the surrounding communities
After an early breakfast, you will meet your guide and head an hour south toward Jocotepec for your tour of the communities that line Lago de Chapala (lake). You will visit Ajijic, Chapala, San Luis Soyatlán and the beautiful San Juan Cosalá. There, you will be able to experience both the beauty and simplicity of rural Mexico.
In the early afternoon, enjoy a boat ride across the largest lake in Mexico, Lago de Chapala, to arrive at La Isla de las Alacranes (Scorpion Island). This green island is the center of Huichol culture, where the local people believe it to be the birthplace of life on Earth. Wander the island before sitting down to relish a traditional meal. Return to your hotel in Guadalajara, taking the rest of the evening to relax.
Day 6: Hike to a hidden waterfall outside Huaxtla
This morning, your guide will take you hiking along a beautiful canal just outside the town of Huaxtla. The hike is of intermediate difficulty and will lead you along a beautiful canal amid mango and plum trees until you reach the secluded San Lorenzo waterfall. Enjoy the natural setting, recharging by the water, or taking a dip to cool off.
Return to your hotel in the afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you like.
Day 7: Free day
Spend your last full day in Guadalajara discovering more of the city. Visit the Hospicio Cabañas, now known as the Instituto Cultural Cabañas (Cultural Institute). A registered UNESCO World Heritage Site, the building alone is worth exploring, though art fans will appreciate the wide collection of important works, including the monumental frescoes by the famous José Clemente Orozco. For more insight into the local culture and traditional indigenous art of the area, you'll want to check out the Museo de las Artes Populares (Popular Arts Museum).
Take the rest of the day to roam the San Juan de Dios market, the largest indoor market in Latin America, capping off the evening on Avenida Chapultepec for your choice of restaurant or bar.
Day 8: Depart
Depending on your departure details you may have time for last-minute gift and souvenir shopping, picking up artesanías from Tlaquepaque or if it's a Saturday, the street market on Paseo Chapultepec. When it's time, say hasta luego to Guadalajara and meet your drive to be transferred to Guadalajara's airport for your flight home.