Dream of picture windows overlooking lush fields of blue agave, the plant that produces your favourite shot of tequila. This national drink of Mexico, has been produced since the 16th century in and around the town of Tequila in Jalisco. Like the region-specific alcohols, champagne and cognac, to be called tequila, the spirit can only be produced in five regions in Mexico. These regions include some municipalities in Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, Tamaulipas, and the largest tequila-producing locale, Jalisco. The area in and around Tequila was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.
Jose Cuervo, one of the best-selling tequila producers in the world, takes you on an 11-hour boozy ride through the special liquor-producing region in its luxury train. The train departs at Guadalajara Train Station, where expert tasters bring to life an educational journey through Mexico to Tequila town.
Visitors can walk through the Mundo Cuervo production facilities, the La Rojeña Distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in LatinAmerica and witness an agave harvesting demonstration.Started in February 2012, the Jose Cuervo express was on hiatus last year due to the pandemic but is running again. Operating every other Saturday, with a limited number of available tickets this train travels 60 kilometres to take passengers deep into the land of tequila.
The journey starts at 9 am, and travellers can pick between a morning or sunset train experience. The itinerary includes a Mexican show, mariachi, three-glass educational tasting, traditional snacks and cocktails, Mexican style bingo and a visit to the ‘Tienda de Raya’, an establishment that boasts the largest bar counter in Latin America.
The Jose Cuervo Express offers different options of accommodations, the Express Wagon, Premium Plus, Diamond Wagon and exclusive Elite Express. Theall-newwood-panelledElite Express includes a premium bar, stocked with Tequila Maestro Dobel, Centenario, 1800, Reserva de la Familia, and an innovative line of cocktails. The luxurious Diamond wagon comes with a beautifully embossed roof and a taste of yesteryear glamour for a unique travel experience.
Jose Cuervo is one of the oldest producers of tequila. In 1795, Jose María Guadalupe de Cuervo began selling the very first Vino Mezcal de Tequila de Jose Cuervo. The alcohol brand received the first official charter from the King of Spain to produce tequila commercially. Jose Cuervo also owns the largest holdings of agave in the world.