Tequila In-depth and Authentic with the writer John Pint
The host : I am John Pint. For many years my wife and I traveled around the world, supporting ourselves by teaching Spanish and English. We lived in Korea, Spain, France and spent 12 years in Saudi Arabia. Finally we settled on top of a mile-high mountain near Guadalajara, Mexico. This is a fascinating area where all five of Mexico’s ecosystems converge, so we can easily visit deep canyons, not-quite dormant volcanoes, dramatic waterfalls, cloud forests, sandy beaches, mangrove swamps, and so on. For years we have been exploring and writing about this area, which we call « Mexico’s Magic Circle. »
The experience : We will visit small, but well-run Tres Mujeres Tequilería, which happens to have the world’s biggest Tequila “Cave” (tasting included). We will then drive to and visit the ruins of the Cofradia Hacienda, which was dedicated to making tequila as of the year 1800. Nearby, we will take a short hike (800 meters round trip) the ruins of the clandestine distillery of Los Tepetates to see how tequila was made before being legalized by the Spaniards (fermentation in a Cazo, dug into the tepetate rock). Then we will go to the Tabernas Museum in Amatitán, where tequila distilling was perfected long before it was done in the town of Tequila. Finally we will visit the 300-year-old Chimulco Qanat (Persian underground aqueduct) in Amatitán with option of a meal in the Chimulco Ruins restaurant.
Included in the price : Guided tour of Tres Mujeres, ruins, museum and qanat. This adventure might start around 10 AM and end around 4 PM.