Tequilas del Señor, the oldest factory of its kind in Guadalajara founded in 1943 by Mr. Cesar Garcia Fernandez, opens its doors to customers and friends. It offers guided tours inside the fabulous facilities where it all began over 60 years ago, just 3 minutes from Tlaquepaque. Tequilas del Señor is the best choice for tourists wanting to visit Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Tonala, Zapopan, Chapala or Ajijic because it is located close to these cities.
You will be joined by tour guides who are tequila experts and you will enter the marvelous world of the production and marketing of a world renowned drink.
The tour will take you to the Cooking, Milling, Fermentation, Distillation and Aging areas and then on to one of the best cellars in Mexico. You will be able to purchase exclusive yet affordable products.
There is a large assortment of monuments in the city worth seeing, an attraction for the many visitors who are greatly significant for the city’s economic development. The buildings downtown are very important and quite attractive.
Guadalajara is noted for its very important historic buildings. Works of art, customs, traditions and legends are other interesting attractions for both locals and tourists.
There are also a great amount of green areas (parks, plazas, gardens, traffic circles) that make for a pleasant stay. We would be remiss not to mention well-known recreational areas for an unforgettable experience.
According to some authors, Chapala means a “Soaked Place” while others say “Grasshoppers Underwater”. Chapala dates back to around 1510 and has been a tourist town for at least 100 years, especially after a steamboat was put into service in 1885.
The varied tourist services, vacation homes, beautiful scenery and excellent weather attract domestic tourists but in greater numbers international visitors. Chapala and surrounding areas offer first-class hotels, restaurants and shops. Its main handicraft is the reproduction in clay of archeological objects as well as decorative pottery.
Golf and tennis buffs will find excellent courses and courts for a pleasant stay. Chapala also has an important culinary tradition; the best are dishes made with lake fish but also pomegranate punch and typical candy; the famous “sangrita” for accompanying an aperitif is also a local invention.
Tlaquepaque has become Mexico’s most important artisanship center, actually one of the most important in the world. The Pavilion, located on Independencia Street, houses dozens of stores, some quite elegant other more modest, where you can shop for fine original craftwork such as traditional high-temperature ceramics and drawn or blown glass, “petatillo” articles, papier máché figures, wrought iron products, sculptures made out of recycled scrap iron, silver and brass articles, and so forth, each with an original personal touch that has brought worldwide fame to this town.
It is also known for its variety and quantity of restaurants, from haute cuisine to the simplest typical Mexican restaurant, accompanied by mariachi music or a trio, an experience nobody should miss. El Refugio Cultural Center, built in 1859 as a hospital, was purchased by the municipal government for a cultural center and to preserve its unique architecture. The Regional Ceramic Museum, a lovely XIX-century house, conserves and displays the most traditional ceramic work from Atemajac Valley as well as the creations that have won the National Ceramic Award. The Parian is the maximum expression of folklore, a place to kick back and enjoy its never-ending fiesta.
This ancient pre-Columbian town, whose name means “place where the sun rises”, conserves a peaceful small-town ambiance with a very nice church and atrium. Practically all of Tonala’s inhabitants are deeply devoted to its ancestral pottery tradition, where Men and women rival each other in the arduous task of drawing with paint brushes, combining colors, modelling and enameling. Watching them work is akin to attending a creative ritual, not so much deliberate as casual.
Stores abound in the downtown area but on Thursdays and Sundays visitors can enter into an artisanal street market, a world of fantasy, color and beauty that has made Tonala an enormous privileged, genuine and traditional artisanship marketplace. The Franciscans accompanying Conquistador Nuño de Guzman celebrated their first Mass on March 25, 1530 in thanks for “the divine intervention” in the victory of Spanish troops. The Mass was celebrated in Calvary Chapel, also known as Cruz Blanca, marking the beginning of the evangelization of Atemajac Valley.
The Artisan House of was also founded in Tonala as a meeting place for artisans to display their wares and promote and sell them. The store at the House has more than 50 artisans specializing in different ceramic techniques.
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