When we think about Mexico, there’s one thing that definitely comes to mind…tequila! Although we’re not too keen on doing shots of the stuff, we do love having margaritas. Since we’re currently travelling through the land of tequila, we figured we should check out where it comes from, how it’s made and of course, do a couple of tastings.
We woke up from a wonderful sleep at the friendly Posada San Juan B&B. We spent one night here and really enjoyed ourselves. There are 4 rooms at this cozy guesthouse and ours was exceptional! The room was huge, the bed was soft and comfortable, the original beams from the home still lined our ceiling and the furniture was neatly placed around the room. The pool and common areas were quiet, peaceful and comfortable. Breakfast is included with the room and is nothing short of exceptional. We had homemade banana bread, fruit, beans and scrambled eggs with cactus and the local sausage, longaniza. These eggs were so original, we’ve never tasted anything like them!
The owner, Sara, is from Mexico and is a wealth of knowledge! She and the other owners of the guest house are truly involved in the conservation of the Yucatan Peninsula, and are even known for exploring and discovering cenotes in the area. Pretty amazing. We had some wonderful conversations with Sara and enjoyed our stay. After just one night, we had to say goodbye…we were off to learn about tequila!
We took a taxi from the center of Valladolid (40 pesos) out to the Mayapan Distillery, which is set on a beautiful acreage. As we were pulling up, we could immediately see the blue agave plants poking out of the ground. We didn’t know much about tequila, we didn’t even know that it was made from this particular plant!
We met with the owner, Enrique, and he explained everything about tequila and his distillery. An excellent feature here is that nothing goes to waste. The fibers that are leftover from the agave plant are turned into handicrafts and are even used as the final touches on the decorating and labeling of the bottles.We also learned that it can’t technically be called “tequila” unless it’s from the state that the city of Tequila is in (Jalisco), and limited regions of 4 other states. It’s the same deal as with Champagne.
We watched and learned about each step of the tequila making process, explored the cactus museum, and sampled 4 of the distillery’s finest products! We both preferred the alcohol that was aged one year and three years. Not only is this a distillery, but there’s a ranch, an area where you can learn about different tropical fruits and if arranged ahead of time, you can do a fishing trip at the nearby lake.
If you’re in the Yucatan, definitely make sure to check out Mayapan Distillery. It’s a short bus trip from the Maya Riviera and is on the way to Chitzen Itza. If you’re in Valladolid, there’s no excuse for not coming here…it’s only 10 mins away.
Make sure to mention that you saw Mayapan Distillery on Goats On The Road, you’ll get 25% off of the entrance fee!
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