Visit Guadalajara City

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Visit Guadalajara City

Guadalajara is living like a big celebration, that’s because we will be hosting the Panamerican Games to be held in October here in the Perla Tapatía.

To know our city is a wonderful experience, full of surprises and unexpected because the turn around in some corner you will find something surprising.

Guadalajara is filled with many monuments, and importants and recognized buildings, such as the Rotunda of Illustrious Men, where the most featured jalisciences are resting in peace, and who have marked their place in history.

At the same time, in the center there are many other places representative of the city. The stories that these places have in themselves are special because they mark an urban legend in our city.

Visit Guadalajara City

In Guadalajara, you can not just sightseeing, you can also find the daily lives of its inhabitants who will welcome you with warmth in their lives and you can socialize.

Also Guadalajara life at night is a moment that is more than respected: the nightlife in town is enviable, there are places for everyone.

For more information on how to find these places you visit our web site.

Blue Agave a truly Mexican Endemic Spicies

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Agave fields

 

Agave is an old Greek word that refered to a goddess of fertility. Today this word is used to name a family of plants. In Mexico the goddess of fertility was named Mayahuel, the godess of the 400 breasts. She was known as the god of the pulque. There are over two hundred species of agaves but only four of them are recognized to been able to produce alcohol. Out of them four only one is known to make tequila. The name of this agave plant is name Tequilana Weber Agave blue. Blue because when you see it from a few feet apart it looks like its blue. What it makes it appear blue is this cape that is on the stalks of the plant. This cape also helps the plant to protect it from the sun rays, and the plague. It was named Weber because in the 1910s a scientist named France Webber came to our country and named the plant after his name. Before the plant was renamed it was known as Mayahuel “pulque goddess”, she remains most strongly associated with the plant as the source, rather than pulque as the end product.

The agave is a unique plant. What it makes it so special is the years it takes to grow and mature. It takes 12 years for this plant to grow. The older Agaves reproduce tillers, after two years of the tillers age they get replant. After they get replant we have to wait another 10 years to be able to cook and get at least one drop of alcohol. Is a really long time we have to wait, but it is worth the effort. When the plant is ready to be jimada (harvested) the jimador cuts all the stalks of leaving just the heart of the plant. The heart of the plant looks like a pine apple. When the harvest has enough pine apples ready for a load they load up the truck and transport them to the distillery for the cooking process.

Once they get to the distillery the pines get cut in half before the workers place them inside the ovens. Each oven holds up to 22 tons of pines, and cooks them in a period time of 12 to 14 hours. Then the pines after been cooked are submitted to the squeezing process. Here at this process is where the machine squeezes all the goods out of the pine. The goods are taken to a stain steel container. Each container is capable to hold up to 30,000 liters. When the liquid is inside the containers we now have to wait 36 hours to be able to move on the next step. The next step is distillation.

At the distillation the alcohol is obtained and the water separate. The liquid is placed in to the alambiques in a temperature of 90 to 110. We go through the distillation process two times. Among the reason we do it two times is because on the first time we only get 20 to 25 % of alcohol, and on the second distillation we obtain 50 to 55% alcohol.

It takes a really long time to produce tequila and that is why I think we should learn to appreciate the value of the tequila. We need to know the proper way of drinking it, and the different kinds of tequilas.

If you are interested in learning more about this fascitating subject and looking into the secrets of how the flavors are obtained, I am more than happy to prepare a special visit to one of the 120 tequila distilleries in this area.

 

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Identity of Tlaquepaque

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Tlaquepaque Tour Artesania

Artasanía (Foto de Rover Nvno)

Tlaquepaque was appointed by his ancestors centuries ago. Emerged from the mountainous land, rich in clay, the same land that gave birth to master potters, which in turn gives Tlaquepaque their identity and heritage.

Today, it has become a boomtown, with the same craftsmanship that had makes heart siglos.Las Tlaquepaque streets are full of charming, traditional houses made of adobe, stone quarry buildings, museums, art galleries, culture , food, fun and entertainment.

On 25 March 1530 (an historic day) that took place in the land of the kingdom of Tonala and all surrounding villages, where the Spanish conquistadors were raised in triumph, of victory.

During the colonial period, Tlaquepaque was known as San Pedro and was part of the Viceroyalty of Nueva Galicia. Relying on the efforts of native workers with talent, the Spanish crown encouraged by the development of handicraft and introduced new techniques in Europe and worldwide, making this a town of producing floor, tiles and bricks, most important of the century mundoDurante XVIII, Spanish and Creole rich neoclassical mansions built their summer here, local artisans were gaining recognition throughout the viceroyalty for their ability to create great pieces of pottery.

que hermosoNo need to delve too deeply to discover that beneath the surface of modern living Tlaquepaque tradition that have survived for centuries, we can observe this tradition, just walking the streets. Especially the pedestrian street (Independence) All the galleries, hotels, restaurants, Ext … are remnants of old farms and mansions.

Historic House we will see during the tour is invaluable architectural structure. You find the house in Calle Independencia 208. This colonial house was witness to important events that changed the course of history that your guide will recount.

Arcos Atesanales

The traditional bridge is the gateway to the most artistic of the city, built in 1978.

Nuestro templo
Another great piece of art we have here in San Pedro and we are proud to present the bronze statue of the apostle of the Church, John Paul II also known as Pope travelers. This statue is located and is proudly standing next to the beautiful Church of San Pedro. The statue shows the Pope with a serene and friendly, like he always said. In her hands are symbols that identify it. He will live in the hearts of the citizens of Tlaquepaque forever.

ENTRADA
If you like scary stories and places I recommend visiting the shelter here in Tlaquepaque to tell their stories and legends that tell the village elders. Some people say that the voices of the past can be heard inside, while others say that souls have returned, and others talk about ghostly apparitions.

They may be right, a visit to The Refuge is sure to revive anyone. Today, El Refugio cultural center shows the country’s most beautiful expression of art and culture, was built in 1885, the building originally served as a convent for the Sister Josephine and a spiritual retreat center.

El Refugio de Tlaquepaque later became a hospital and was rebuilt in 1983 and acquired by the council. The larges and most beautiful expressions of our culture will be shown by your GDL Tour guides.

Tlaquepaque is the most important crafts center in Mexico. Most ancient cultures believe that man was created from dust. Here, the same applies to crafts. Mother Nature has provided us with four essential elements: earth, water, air and fire. The hands of talented artisans in Tlaquepaque shape these natural gifts ritual amazing works of functional and ornamental value.

It is absolutely necessary to see these talented craftsmen at work, this guided tour is designed for your enjoyment for 5 hours, visit the artisans working where visitors can buy directly from their memories and works of art.

Each piece serves as a voice for the value, feelings and dreams of the craftsman who has lent his talents to create this beautiful treasure.

gusmelor@gdltours.com
+52(33)1578-0421