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Haciendas Tequileras

El Arenal

Visiting the old shells of the tequila haciendas in El Arenal means going back to the beginnings of tequila, since this was where the blue agave, distillate creation’s main element, began to be domesticated.

At town outskirts is El Careño, once one of the main tequila producing haciendas. Today you can visit the engine room and the remains of its famous tavern, as well as discovering that the cane mills and masonry ovens that helped to steam the “piña” (heart) were here. Both implements essentials for tequila industry growth.

Nearby is the Exhacienda de Huaxtla. The current owners allow you to walk through the chapel and the old workers’ houses. By the way, this property and El Careño belonged to the same family.

Santa Quiteria is towards the Zona Arqueológica de Guachimontones. It’s worth stopping to see a demonstration of how tequila began to be made by grinding with tahona, that is, using a large, traditionally stone wheel moved by mules or horses around an enclosed stone circle filled with cooked agave for crushing it.

The La Parreña and La Providencia manon houses were rescued for weddings. They still preserve their chapels and the tequila factories with their antique machinery.

There are also tours to the Exhacienda old rooms, such as the kitchen with its fireplace, the corral, an orchard, latrines and laundries and a well that turned fountain. With prior booking, they offer walks through El Arenal center and surroundings.
Visiting the old shells of the tequila haciendas in El Arenal means going back to the beginnings of tequila, since this was where the blue agave, distillate creation’s main element, began to be domesticated.

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At town outskirts is El Careño, once one of the main tequila producing haciendas. Today you can visit the engine room and the remains of its famous tavern, as well as discovering that the cane mills and masonry ovens that helped to steam the “piña” (heart) were here. Both implements essentials for tequila industry growth.

Nearby is the Exhacienda de Huaxtla. The current owners allow you to walk through the chapel and the old workers’ houses. By the way, this property and El Careño belonged to the same family.

Santa Quiteria is towards the Zona Arqueológica de Guachimontones. It’s worth stopping to see a demonstration of how tequila began to be made by grinding with tahona, that is, using a large, traditionally stone wheel moved by mules or horses around an enclosed stone circle filled with cooked agave for crushing it.

The La Parreña and La Providencia manon houses were rescued for weddings. They still preserve their chapels and the tequila factories with their antique machinery.

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