Tequila Has it All, Except a Beach

story and photos by John and Doreen Berg

When tourists in Mexico mention Tequila, numerous images spring to mind.  Certainly, one thought that is often overlooked is to consider Tequila as a multifaceted tourist destination.  The majority of tourists visiting Tequila simply tour a distillery and partake of its famous drink then immediately return to the Puerto Vallarta coastal area or to the Guadalajara region.  Tequila and the surrounding countryside has much more to offer.  The inquisitive tourist is able to plan excursions to visit exceptional museums, historical sites, natural springs, concentrical pyramids, spherical boulders and photographical landscapes as well as taste-testing tequila, and all at a reasonable price.  What more could the intrepid tourist wish for?

Each winter season, Doreen and I abandon the damp chilling British Columbia rains to enjoy the warm dazzling sun and clear sparkling waters of the Mexican Riviera, Nayarit.  Basking on the beach with warm sands trickling between our toes, with pristine waters washing against the shore, and with frequent fitness hikes continue to be our Mexican activities.  However, after a month or so we require an alternative to enjoying our beach paradise and our decadent lifestyle and must seek different destinations.  Last season we visited Tequila and enjoyed the town’s ambiance so we decided to revisit Tequila and expand our travel plans to include excursions to two nearby archaeological sites:  Los Guachimontones and Piedras Bola.  The interior destinations seemed the ideal region for us to visit as we both enjoy exploring Mexican ruins and learning more about the regional history.

An 8:30 a.m. start, saw us loading our one suitcase into the back of our rented Jeep Cherokee.  We drove from Rincón de Guayabitos, stopping at Las Varas to enjoy a breakfast in our favorite restaurant, La Birra de Angelita.  After hueves rancheros and a Mexican omelette washed down with numerous cups of coffee, we headed toward Compostela, where we switched to the toll road (cuota) and continued driving to Chapalilla and here changed back to the free road (libra).  Along the roadside many small pottery stalls can be found.  It’s a great place to pause to purchase pottery gift items.  Our purchase was four different shaped and coloured coffee mug sets for family Christmas gifts!  Nice when you luck out as the four kids loved the gift mugs!