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
Photos & Highlights
  • 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
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?
You'll notice there is a 200 MXN 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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Gustavo was excellent! Super knowledgeable, great English, and very accommodating! Fun tour and learned a lot--all along with some tequila and mariachi!
Gustavo was great and the evening was interesting. However, this tour seems overpriced. The museum was disappointing and should have been a free admission event. With that in mind it was a lot of money for two mariachi songs, a pulque, and two shots of tequila.
Julio is knowledgable and had great willingness to humor our stupid comments and questions!