The old songs of the Guachichils (indigenous people) are still felt amongst these southern mountain ranges of the great Chichimeca area; they even move with the wind, at their own pace. They rise with the sun from the potosino highlands up to the clear blue sky. They contemplate the landscapes between the yellow Mezquites and the Joshua trees with white flowers. They stop when they pass between the leaves of the ripe magueys. They realize something, they found some OATHS and, like these songs to the gods, they remain present and share eternity in this world.
...the oaths to maguey, time and eternity ...
We will leave the capital of San Luis Potosí at 09:30 am to escape urban environment and enter the mountains of the Potosí highlands. The road will give us the opportunity to dive into the historical and cultural context of this region where the sun shines onto the patient agaves waiting to be harvested.
Our first stop is El Jardín, a high plateau in the heart of the Potosi desert where we will explore the environment in which the magueyes grow. We will discover the plant, which according to the chronicles of Father José Acosta in 1586, is the tree of a thousand wonders for its variety of uses and applications.
We will continue along the potosino mezcal route arriving at the distillery at Estación Ipiña, a community located in the municipality of Ahualulco del Sonido Trece; where Julián Carrillo came from. This is a project with a lot of soul that rescued the factory and modernized it to fulfill its oaths; preparing the best mezcal in the region, certified and worthy of export.
One of its brands: Júrame, is produced and packaged in the legendary mezcalería La Flor, proudly potosina. At the turn of more than a century of history, with this mezcal we affirm bonds of work, cooperation and trust with a community that has seen the coming and going of hope. But, like the good maguey, here we continue to honor the tradition and miracle of mezcal.
We will get to know the processes of how to make maguey wine and have a tasting to discover the hidden tones of this spirit; we will learn to make simple and delicious cocktails to finish off with a meal prepared by the women of Estacion Ipiña. After dessert, photos, and explorating its corners and getting to know its legend; we will begin our return to the capital city to arrive around 5:30 p.m.
APPROXIMATE EXCURSION TIME: 8 hours
- Discover the origins of this drink, experience the flavors and aromas of this legendary production of the best mezcal in the region.
- Understand the contrasts and differences of artisanal mezcal production; and the implementation of new technology to rejuvenate its spirit.
- We swear to mezcal, we swear to time and we swear eternity. We would do this forever. Because we were born for this. This is written and we have wanted it that way. Here the word weighs because it is worth its actions.
- From its origins, the potosina haciendas had integrated mezcal projects creating their own culture in the region. The railroad and the beginnings of the industrial revolution took them to their pinnacle. In its decline, the popular tradition sheltered among its taverns and reduced productions.
- Ecotour visit to the desert, "El Jardín"
- Certified Mezcal: Estación Ipiña
- Solar Radiation:
The sunlight of the potosino plateau is very STRONG. Wear your HAT, a cool LONG SLEEVE cotton shirt, some sunblock with 50 + UV solar PROTECTION and dark SUNGLASSES.
It is important to reduce the risk of dehydration in all excursions. We encourage the use of REUSABLE bottles. WE RECOMMEND: Nalgene, they are durable and of very good quality.
- Flora and Fauna:
Long pants, to avoid scratches from the cacti.
- Irregular Terrain:
CLOSED shoes with GOOD NON-SLIPPERY soles.
- Industrial Scenarios:
Our tours take place in some mezcal factories and taverns. It is important to take EXTREME CAUTION and at all times to follow the INSTRUCTIONS of the guide to locate yourself in safe areas.
- Communities and Culture:
We will visit rural areas where we have RESPECT for the local inhabitants and traditions, always be FRIENDLY AND GRATEFUL, always greet the locals.
- Flora, Fauna and Archeology:
The EXTRACTION of plants and animals from the desert is PROHIBITED, in addition to any ALTERATION in the historical structures that we will visit. In particular, we are AGAINST TAGS AND GRAFITIS on the monuments and the leaves of the Cacti!
- General State of Health:
18+ AND OVER:
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM POLICY
Do not forget that it is good to carry a little extra cash, not only for tips, but to BUY your bottle directly from the manufacturer. A fair trade that spills economic resources for the inhabitants of the rural areas visited.
Visit our Rules and Regulations to learn more information!
- PRICE WITH TAXES INCLUDED.
- TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE MEETING POINT OF THE POTOSINA CAPITAL.
- GUIDE: SECTUR certified guide NOM-009-TUR-2002
- HYDRATION AND CALORIC RECOVERY: Water, isotonic drink, GORP energy bar.
- TRAVEL AND ACTIVITY INSURANCE.
- ENTRANCE FEES TO THE PROPERTIES.
- ECOTOURISTIC ACTIVITY IN THE DESERT OF "EL JARDÍN".
- TASTING OF MEZCAL.
- COCKTAIL DEMONSTRATION.
- TRADITIONAL FOOD OF THE ALTIPLANO REGION.
- TRANSPORTATION OF THE HOTEL TO THE MEETING POINT.
- TIPS FOR LOCAL GUIDES.
- ACCOMMODATION IN THE CITY OF SAN LUIS POTOSÍ.
- EXTRA ACTIVITIES: FIELD RAT (1 EXTRA HOUR).
¡RESERVE FOR ANY DAY FOR GROUPS OF AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE!