The Agave Region is one of the most important cultural landscapes in Mexico. This scenic region in the state of Jalisco produces a drink that has become part of the Mexican national identity: tequila.
However, do not think of this area only as a network of distilleries. Use the town of Tequila as a base: hidden waterfalls, imposing volcanoes and intriguing prehispanic ruins are awaiting you as well.
About The Tequila Process
The blue agave plant has been used since the 16th century to produce the drink. In fact, in the same way as the French Champagne or Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano, Tequila is a product with a protected designation of origin. In order to call tequila this way, it has to meet the standards for where to grow the product and how to process it. Actually, only five of the thirty-one Mexican states can produce it.
In fact, if you want to learn about the elaboration of tequila, go to a distillery. The tour at La Cofradía is very enjoyable. After visiting the factory and the handicraft bottle facilities we attended a tequila tasting, where we learned about the different flavors.
An archeological area with circular stepped pyramids. This holy site is more than 1.500 years old! Read the full article here.
DID YOU KNOW? The Valley of Tequila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006.
Los Azules Waterfalls
After an hour descending a canyon, you will reach Los Azules waterfalls. Beware of the path; some parts can be a bit steep. The site is undeniably beautiful in spite of the trash left by previous visitors. It is irritating, however, the area is clean enough for relaxing and having a bath.
Where To Stay In The Agave Region
Matices Hotel de Barricas is the ultimate tequila experience. Is it a hotel with a distillery or a distillery with a hotel? Actually, it doesn’t matter; they are just so passionate about the tequila culture! You will realize it since you first step in.
Besides, each one of the rooms has the shape of a barrel and a unique inside decoration. The location? A beautiful hacienda surrounded by agave fields. Without any doubt, one of the most original places I have ever stayed at.
- Travel Guide: Lonely Planet Mexico