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Jose Cuervo Express
Meetings in Mexico usually end with a tasting of the country's liquor of choice, tequila. Book a journey aboard the 375-seat Jose Cuervo Express, a 2-hour train ride from Guadalajara to the town of Tequila, where the deadly drink is fermented and distilled. The city dates back to 1795 and is known as the “Magic Town” of Mexico by the tourism board.
Step aboard the 7-carriage train and enjoy gorgeous views of the Jalisco countryside with rows of agave plants, mountainous rock and green landscape while munching on tacos and empanadas. The trip includes live entertainment by a Mariachi band and Ballet Folklorico performance. There's no shortage of tequila samples aboard the express, either.
Once the train has arrived in Tequila, groups explore the fields of agave plants while Jose Cuervo guides explain the history and harvest of the pineapple-like fruits weighing around 100 pounds. You can even try cutting them open with a machete after instruction from a pro. Later, tour the Rojena Distillery and watch the blue agave plants bake while throwing back samples of the smooth Cuervo concoction. Samples include the 100% Blue Agave with no added sugar and the 5149 tequila, mixed with sugar cane. If you're lucky, you may get your hands on the brand's famous Family Reserve, an exclusive limited collection.
Book a group package with the 221-room Westin Guadalajara for guest room accommodations, meals and transportation to the train station. The stylish hotel is located next to the World Trade Center and the Expo Guadalajara in the Rinconada del Bosque business district. The property features three restaurants, including the 20-seat El Rosedal private dining room within Casa de las Rosas restaurant. The Westin's dramatic restaurant helmed by Chef Eduardo Osuna serves authentic Mexican recipes and tequila-filled libations.
The Westin Guadalajara includes 4,500 sf of meeting space, including an 1,8