Tequila, Jalisco is the birthplace of the mythical Mexican elixir that bears the same name. This community is located 170 miles East of Puerto Vallarta (approximately a 4.5 hours drive), but the day trip is well worth it.
The popularity of the drink and the history behind it has elevated this town, and the surrounding Agave landscape, to a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2006. It was also named a "Pueblo Mágico" (Magical Town) in 2003 by the Mexican Tourism board due its unique historical and cultural value.
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The heart of the blue agave contains sugars and had been used by native people in Tequila for centuries to make a fermented drink, commonly known as pulque. After the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, they took this beverage and distilled it, producing tequila as it's known it today. Mexican laws state that tequila can only be produced in the state of Jalisco and limited municipalities in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.Tequila is recognized as a Mexican designation of origin product in more than 40 countries around the globe.