Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila


Experience Mexico like youve never had before by traveling to Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila when you visit with your Mazatlan discount rental cars. The Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila is a newly designated World Heritage Site, located between the foothills of the Tequila Volcano and the deep valley of the Rio Grande River in Jalisco State. Get your chance to experience the beauty of Mexico yourself with your Mazatlan discount rental cars!

A new addition
The Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila is the newest World Heritage Site in Mexico. The region made up of several settlements including Tequila, Arenal, and Amatitan It includes distilleries, factoris, tabernas, and archaeological sites. Some of the properties date back to the 18th century. Most distilleries and haciendas are made of brick and adobe, which stucco walls with an ochre lime-wash, stone arches, and window frames. Most are decorated with Neoclassical or Baroque ornamentation. The production of tequila represents the fusion of the pre-Hispanic tradition of making alcohol with agave with European distilling techniques. The Teuchitlan archeological site is of one of the first cultures here that first produced an agricultural society here

The Teuchitlan culture
The Teuchitlan culture had a huge impact in shaping the Tequila area from the 200 900 AD. Throughout the Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila site there are several archaeological sites left by the Teuchitlan culture through the creation of terraces for agriculture, housing, temples, ceremonial mounds and ball courts. The Teuchitlan tradition is best known for its circular central plazas and conical step pyramids.

Learning about tequila
When you travel with your Mazatlan discount rental cars visitors can tour several leading distilleries to learn about tequilas history and production. You too can experience the agave inspired culture, visitors can travel to Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco State and Mexico's second largest city. From there you can ride with your Mazatlan discount rental cars to the Tequila Express, a four-car train ferrying passengers northwest 55 miles to the town of Tequila and back the same day. Visitors can learn how tequila is made, and can drink the tequila drinks you desire. For more information on the tours, visit www.tequilaexpress.com.mx

The main ingredient
Agave tequilana, also called blue agave or tequila agave, is a major plant that is an important economic product due to its role as the base ingredient of the popular distilled spirit, tequila. The tequila agave grows natively in Jalisco, preferring high altitudes and sandy soil. The agave begins its life cycle as large fleshy leaves that can grow up to 2 meters high. When the agave plant is about 5 years old yellow flowers on a stem grows to up to 5 meters.

Producing Tequila
The landscape of Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila is full of blue agave which was a plant used since the 16th century to produce tequila spirit and was used to make fermented drinks and cloth for the last 2000 years. Tequila is produced by removing the heart of the plant in its 12th year. It normally weighs between 35 to 90 kg. Leaves on the heart are removed and than heated to remove the sap, which is fermented and distilled. Other beverages like mezcal and pulque are also produced from blue and other agaves by different methods (though still using the sap) and are regarded as more traditional.

Before you go
For more information on the Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila when you travel with your Mazatlan discount rental cars check out UNESCOs official website at whc.unesco.org

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