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Spend a half-day exploring the artisan towns of Tlaquepaque and Tonala on a round-trip excursion from Guadalajara. Learn about local history as peruse these colonial towns, accompanying your guide along their cobbled streets, visiting workshops to watch local woodworkers, potters, glass blowers and soap makers create their wares, shopping the markets for handcrafted goods, and listening to the sounds of mariachi bands as they drift through the plaza. The tour is limited in size to 13, assuring a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 4-hour sightseeing tour of Tlaquepaque and Tonala from Guadalajara
  • Explore two typical towns of Jalisco and hear a traditional mariachi band play
  • Meet workshop artisans who make Mexico’s traditional handcrafted goods
  • Learn about the rich history of the region from your expert guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned minivan included
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Tlaquepaque and Tonala Day Trip from Guadalajara

Watch a mariachi band perform in Tlaquepaque

Board an air-conditioned minivan at your hotel in Guadalajara for your 4-hour tour of the villages of Tlaquepaque and Tonala. 

Arrive in Tlaquepaque, located just 4 miles (7 km) from Guadalajara, to walk down the village's quaint cobblestone streets. Stop in small craft shops inhabiting what were once stately colonial mansions to peruse the goods the town is famous for. See leatherwork, woodcarvings, ceramics and other handcrafted goods, perfect for souvenirs. Visit a local craft factory to see the artisans at work, then listen to a lively mariachi performance. During your free time in town, stop for lunch (own expense) before departing for Tonala. 

Tonala is host to a large open-air market, a draw for people from all over the region. Listen to your guide's narrative about the region's history, then visit a few craft workshops with your small group. See an impressive array of furniture, jewelry, wrought iron, wooden figurines, ceramics and hand-blown glass. 

At the conclusion of your 4-hour craft tour, enjoy drop-off back at your Guadalajara hotel. 

Customer Reviews

tamarasloman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Ricardo was wonderful. Very easy for us to understand. I was a woman touring alone while my husband was working in Guadalajara and he never let me out if his sight. I felt very safe and comfortable. His English was good and he recommended eating places and was very courteous. He was a very good tour guide. My only recommendation is that he have a name badge to identify himself. I was somewhat apprehensive getting in an unmarked vehicle with a stranger. He did know my name and g
He approached me at the Hilton. You have to pay attention to the smallest of details and I would have liked an identifiable sign.

Daniel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great day. Go to El Patio for lunch and to see the all woman mariachi band

Catharina D

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

It was really nice. Ricardo ( the Gide) new a lot and nothing was to much for him.
I now now a lot more of the area and Mexico.
I can recommend this tour to every one who wants to see more then a big city.

Saralyn D

1 star rating: I do not recommend this October 2016

The trip was a shopping trip only and never included seeing glassblowing,leather craftsmen and all the other artisans the craft trip was suppose to be. Tlaquepaque is pretty large and I never got to one whole side to see the galleries and shops. It was a bit of a disappointment.

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