As lockdowns open up and vaccines become available, people are starting to dream about traveling and vacations. After all, people deserve some leisure, fresh air, and sunshine after the trials of 2020. Add this hotspot to your list: an all-you-can-drink luxury tequila train ride through Mexico. That’s right, it’s an 11-hour boozy and scenic journey from Guadalajara and Tequila, Jalisco. And the pent-up demand is snapping up tickets quickly.
All Aboard the Tequila Train
The Jose Cuervo Express, also known as the ‘tequila train’, had temporarily closed last year due to the pandemic. But it has reopened as of December 2020. It offers four unique and alcohol-filled experiences to choose from.
“Traveling by train is a wonderful experience, but if you want to live a completely memorable adventure, then you will love this new proposal from Jose Cuervo Express,” the site explains. It boasts about the “impressive beauty of the landscape” to be enjoyed from the “completely new comfortable spaces.” 
The newest one is the Elite Wagon. The tequila train is outfitted with comfortable couches, massive windows to show off the view. And, of course, an open bar with a menu of tequila cocktails and regional snacks. There’s also the option to join an expert-led tasting session of the company’s premium products and Loteria Mexican bingo. This train departs every two weeks for an 11-hour excursion, with the cost of $166 per person for admission.
However, this isn’t the only experience Jose Cuervo Express offers. They vary in prices and features, but the other three options are the Express train, the Diamond train, and Premium Plus. All offer stunning views and tons of booze. But no matter which section you choose, there’s a stop along the ride to disembark in a sunny and beautiful agave field and watch a harvest. 
The Express, Premium Plus, and Diamond Compartments
Express passenger wagons have comfortable coach seating to enjoy the unique and unforgettable experience. According to the website, “Getting on the Jose Cuervo Express®, the only old-style train in all of Mexico is the best way to celebrate a magical day with your family.”
Meanwhile, Premium Plus has a bar and waitstaff. Some of these compartments have wooden tables, while others have seats for lounging. “The different cars are equipped with wide seats and comfortable tables for four passengers, which allow having a pleasant time tasting your food, accompanied by an extensive menu of cocktails made with tequila, served in a bar or on your table,” reads the website.
Diamond, the most expensive and exclusive package on the tequila train, has velvet sofas, beautifully designed interiors, as well as waiters, and an open bar. “Its decoration is an homage to the imposing yesteryear’s glamor, accompanied by the inspiring silhouettes in the embossed ceiling, beautiful mirrors, tables, and decorated seats that combine wood and leather.”
Sunrise and Sunset Itineraries
Aside from deciding which compartment to ride in, there are two itinerary options. The first one is called “sunrise” and leaves Guadalajara at 9 a.m. The tequila train rides for two hours through 40 miles of agave fields to the town of Tequila. There, the guests disembark and tour the Jose Cuervo facilities, enjoy lunch, watch a Mexican show, and end the journey with the agave harvest demonstration. 
But for those who balk at tequila in the morning, the “sunset” itinerary is more their speed. This tour also begins at 9 a.m. at the Cuervo facilities, followed by the agave harvest and the rest of the first itinerary but in the opposite order. The two-hour train ride begins at around 6 p.m. with its tequila tasting session, with the whole journey ending in Guadalajara in the late evening. 
To comply with government restrictions due to Covid-19, the tequila train is running at a reduced capacity for the safety of the staff and passengers. Additionally, inside the compartments, guests will main social distancing regulations.
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