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Tequila is a municipality in Jalisco, Mexico, near Guadalajara. It is famous for being the birthplace of the Tequila drink and contains a number of distilleries with offer tours of the fabrication process as well as tours further out into the fields where the Agave plant, from which it is made, is grown.
The town is small enough to walk around. All the major attractions (Town square, church, ditilleries) are within spitting distance of each other.
The big attraction here is the drink which shares the town's name. All the tourist shops are full of Tequila souveniers, bottles, shot glasses, etc. There are a number of distilleries and tours about the Tequila making process. Apart from that, there are two churches in the centre and the central plaza, which also has a monument to a revolutionary hero. A small tianguis (street market) also operates.
Tequila obviously, there are a number of shops on the way to and from the bus station which have various selections. Generally the tourist shops all carry the same things, shot glasses, tequila sets (bottle of tequila and five or so glasses), souvenier barrels and t-shirts. Most of which can be found in other places including Guadalajara.
In Tequila, almost all the t-shirts contain the word 'Tequila, Puebla Mágica'(magic village) or a variation, even if the picture on the image is unrelated to tequila, e.g. a picture of Che Guevara or mexican film legend Pedro Infante.
There are plenty of restaurants and food stands around the centre. Most will only have typical mexican food, but many have a wider selection. Almost the ones where you can sit down will have a wide variety of Tequila and other alcoholic drinks. Typical mexican prices.
Number of hotels in the centre.
Outside town: 18km west of Tequila in Magdalena: Hotel Real Quinta Minas, Javier Mina #49, Centro Historico, Magdalena. phone: (386)7440546. Safe and very clean hotel with free wifi and free parking. Singles from 200 MXN Double from 330 MXN.