Mexico City Tequila and Mariachi Night Tour

Discover the history behind Mexico’s favorite merry-making pastimes
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Tour Details
2.5 hours
Product Type
Garibaldi Square & Tequila Museum
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  • Take a relaxed, yet academic look at and taste of tequila and mezcal
  • Learn about mariachi music and other popular genres from around the country
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Tour Description
The terms tequila and mariachi have become synonymous with the image of Mexico itself, but what’s really behind the formation of these famous art forms and how did they become so globally familiar?

Tequila and Mariachi Night Tour in Mexico City

On this authentic 2.5-hour Mexican music and drink tour with an expert guide, we dive deep into the origins of Mexico’s most famous expressions of merry-making: mariachi and tequila. But we also look beyond these icons to discover what else this diverse country hears and tastes. We’ll walk around Mexico City’s legendary Garibaldi Square as we discuss the mariachi greats and then tour the Tequila Museum, ending with a sunset tasting of tequila and mezcal on its rooftop restaurant. This is an off-the-beaten-path experience that is best done with an expert who knows the area.

Garibaldi Square at Night

We’ll begin our investigation with a discussion of the history of Garibaldi Square, also known as "Mariachi Square" for its dozens of wandering bands for hire who inhabit the plaza daily. The square itself was renamed​ in 1921 after José Garibaldi (grandson of the famous Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Garibaldi), who fought during the Mexican Revolution. We’ll take a few minutes to stroll the mariachi musicians hall of fame to discuss greats such as Pedro Infante and Juan Gabriel before sitting down in an authentic pulqueria, where we’ll taste tequila’s little-known cousin pulque, also made of agave but fermented rather than distilled, and hear the fascinating story behind its fall from fame and recent rebirth in popularity. We may also have a chance to hear live regional music from other areas of Mexico such as Son Jarocho from Veracruz or Corridos from the north and compare them with typical mariachi rhythms dominating the square.

Tequila, Mezcal and Mariachi Tour

Now having gained a context of other popular music and drinks of Mexico, we’ll turn our attention to tequila, mezcal, and mariachi itself as we explore the Tequila Museum. On the museum's second floor we’ll dive into the details of agave and maguey farming, harvesting, distilling into alcohol and distribution. Then we’ll learn more about the history of mariachi music from its origins in Jalisco to its popularity throughout the country and finally the world. At the rooftop restaurant we’ll taste tequila and mezcal side by side, to compare the drinks’ similarities and points of distinctions firsthand.

Want to taste more of Mexico’s cuisine? Try our new Roma Food Tour.

Take Aways
By the end of our time with our expert guide, we’ll have a better understanding of not just the famous traditions of tequila, mezcal, and mariachi music, but an underlying context of their histories and sister art forms that help us formulate a fuller picture of the Mexican people and their culture.

What is included in the tour?
The cost of the tour covers the tour and your expert's time, you'll notice there is a fee per person added to your cart during checkout. This covers the cost of your entry tickets to the museum, a drink and snack around the square, and a few songs from live mariachi musicians.
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My son and I had a wonderful evening learning about the history of tequila and Mariachi. Our guide, Julio, was fantastic, not only was he extremely knowledgable, but, he was very patient with all of our questions, and a lot of fun. Overall it was a super fun evening. So special to be able to experience Garibaldi Square with many of the locals, who were enjoying the festive atmosphere and music.
Tour was not we expected. We have done Teguila tour in Oaxaca it was more elaborate and fun. This tour was very pricey and didn’t turned out what we expected.
We had a wonderful time with Gustavo. He was extremely knowledgeable about mariachi, tequila, and mescal - not to mention pulque. I have a new favorite drink - if it only it lasted long enough to ship! The mariache bands ranged in excellence, as one might expect, but the whole scene was something to behold. We would not have had the delightful experience we had without Gustavo's expertise.