Where do I go in Jalisco, Mexico?

Jalisco, Mexico
Jalisco is the birthplace of tequila (A Mexican liquor made from an agave) and according to Mexican law; it is only to be produced in that state. The town of Santiago de Tequila is small and sleepy, but they do have the Jose Cuervo factory which is a big tourist draw. It is also home to the biggest freshwater lake in Mexico near Guadalajara. Jalisco, like every state in Mexico has a rich and intricate history; however in the area that is now Jalisco, there have been settlements as early as 10-12 thousand years ago. Today we will talk about some of the place that I think are a mandatory if you are making your way through Jalisco.

1) Lago de Chapala (Lake Chapala)

Lago de Chapala is Mexico's largest freshwater lake and lies in four municipalities in the state of Jalisco. It is about 50 miles from east to west and averages about 7.8 miles from north to south and covers an area of an impressive 420 square miles. It is fed by four rivers and drains into the Rio Grande de Santiago. It is a great place to visit if you have a day to spare and you want to go swimming and have food and see some of the local sites. There are many villages and towns on the lake as well as one on an island in the lake itself. It is great for families and group outings so be sure to check it out, even if it is just for a day trip.

2) Sierra Madre Occidental

Jalisco is home to two mountain ranges; the larger of the two is the Sierra Madre Occidental. The Sierra Madre (Mother Mountains) mountain range extends from the Arizona border in the United States down to the Sierra Madre del Sur (in southern Mexico). The Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range has caused changes in the weather patterns because of its rising and has provided many wetland ecosystems in the surrounding areas. There are many different villages and towns located all over the mountain ranges and so if you want to go on nature hikes and camping trips in the mountains, then this is where you want to be.

3) Mundo Cuervo

Mundo Cuervo is located in the sleepy town of Tequila Mexico. It is a center for visitors and events created by the Jose Cuervo Tequila company (the oldest tequila producing company in the world) in order to spread the culture of Mexico by teaching the rich history of the invention of tequila up to tequila today and learn about the process of making tequila. They are open 365 days a year and they offer individual and family tours every hour. The site has a restaurant, hangout area, the tequila store and bar, as well as a factory tour. They offer tours of the factory alone as well as tours of the factory with tequila tastings at the end. Typically the factory tour will last about an hour and the tour with the tequila tastings will last about an hour and a half. The best part is that they offer tours in Spanish AND English.

4) Las Animas Adventure Park

Las Animas Adventure Park truly lives up to its name. To get there, you must take a round trip boat to the amazing beach of Las Animas, then walk up to the Adventure Park where you can experience awesome trips in the jungle. They offer guided tours, zip lining, a hanging bridge, monkey bridge, a rock wall, balancing beams and rope spider webs for you to climb on. Their beach is truly spectacular and when the sun is shining, and you are done with your jungle adventure, it is the perfect place to go swimming and sunbathing to end your adventure. Of course before you go to the beach, you must try the exquisite food at their restaurant and if you are of legal drinking age (18 in Mexico), you can go on the tequila tour that they offer at Casa Cofradia.

Written by : Martin and Jennifer H., Mexico

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Edited by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )

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