Jun 2, 2008, 12:36 PM
Post #2 of 3
I was talked into, what I thought was a very expensive tour called the Taquila Express when I first arrived in February. I was scheduled to go with another visiting professor Mid April. Though we both expected it to be a typical tour, filled with Americans--where we were herded by sheep, we were very pleasantly surprised. Although I hate tours this was the exception and I am planning to go again when a friend visits in July. We we told to be at the train station at 10 to register. The train left at 11. Out of about 5 almost full railway cars, there were only about 10-15 non-Spanish speakers. Mexicans from all over the country (including Guadalajara locals) as well as Mexican-Americans were the primary passengers. The was free Tequilla and Mariachi on the train. Once we got to the outskirts of Tiquila, we were bused to the Hacienda San Jose del Refugio where we were given tours, first of the modern tequila production, then the oldest production site, fed a fantastic mexican meal, treated to a wonderful show--folkdancing, a mariachi band, a male and female singer, and even a local family who did rope tricks (the last, the only amature group.) Then there was general dancing and return to Guadalajara at 8pm. Both my friend and I found the tour wonderful and well-worth the 850 pesos. We were treated like guests and never felt "herded" like cattle. One thing, if you should decide, you must book long in advance!