You’ve heard of the party bus. Now, it’s time to climb aboard the tequila train.
That’s right: Jose Cuervo, which has been making tequila for 250 years, has a luxury tequila train that travels to its historic distillery. The hour-long train ride features an open bar along the way. Chugga-chugga those margaritas!
The Jose Cuervo Express departs from Guadalajara and travels to Tequila, Jalisco. It rolls past a landscape full of agave plants, the blue-green beauties that take anywhere from six to 12 years to mature before they can be harvested for tequila.
While on board the luxury train, snacks and cocktails will be served. Once in Tequila, you can learn about harvesting agave and take part in a tour of the distillery. There’s also a cultural show that includes dancing.
Jose Cuervo’s tequila train has three price tiers: Express, Premium and Premium Plus. While each ride comes with tequila cocktails included, the Premium Plus is the ticket that grants you access to the open bar where the premium liquors are flowing. Also, the top-tier train ride comes with a professional tasting and tour of the reserve cellar.
The train rides and tours range from $110-130 per person. Tequila train travelers will also have time to explore the town of Tequila.
Ready for a little tequila trivia, should it come up on the train ride? Cuervo claims to be the world’s first tequila maker. Before Mexico became an independent republic, Jose Antonio de Cuervo y Valdes obtained land from the King of Spain in 1758, according to company history. In 1795, his son, Jose María Guadalupe de Cuervo, began selling the first Vino Mezcal de Tequila de Jose Cuervo. It required a charter from the King of Spain.
Also, many people mistakenly believe that the blue agave plant used to make tequila is a cactus. But it is actually in the lily (amaryllis) family.
Serious tequila-lovers, if you’re looking for another agave-centric vacation idea, check out Santa Fe, New Mexico. The city has a self-guided “Margarita Trail” with 45 bars and restaurants making specialty margaritas, which range from sweet to spicy.