Beautiful beaches or sweeping mountain views make for a great trip, but a truly epic vacation calls for some adventure. Enter tequila horseback riding, a set of Mexico-based excursions that take thrill-seekers on nature outings, distillery tours and spirit tastings atop majestic animals. If you’re not planning to visit Mexico any time soon, you will be after checking out these horseback tequila tasting tours.
Mickey has been leading visitors on excursions to Tequila for almost 10 years, so you’re in good hands when you spring for one of his day trips. His Horseback Riding and Tequila Tasting Tour is a round trip through Guadalajara and Tequila, during which you’ll visit a family-run distillery, learn how to properly taste blanco, reposado and añejo varieties, eat an authentic lunch at the market, and visit the Tequila National Museum. Enjoy 90 minutes of horseback riding in and around Amatitán, Jalisco in between stops to take in the area’s natural beauty. $190
GoBe specializes in adventure activities all around the world; on their tequila and horseback riding excursion, you’ll tour a traditional distillery, trek across the agave fields on horseback, and enjoy lunch and a welcome cocktail in the underground tavern on the grounds of Hacienda la Cofradía. Both children and adults are welcome on the excursion, so you don’t have to worry about leaving the little ones behind when you book this tour. $65
This two-hour ride takes adventurers on an excursion through the jungles and savannas of Cozumel. The first stop is a cavern that was used by the ancient Mayans when they needed to take shelter from the elements more than 2,000 years ago. Next, you’ll ride through the jungle to El Cedral—Cozumel’s oldest pueblo—where you can buy crafts from local vendors and taste a variety of tequilas. Finally, the trail opens up to a savanna where you can gallop to an authentic Mexican ranch to see how it’s been operating for decades. $52
Lonely Planet knows a thing or two about adventure, which is why we’re really into their handpicked tours and activities company Viator. Their Tequila half-day tour departs from Guadalajara on a 50-minute horseback ride to the spirit’s namesake town where you’ll embark on a guided trot across a UNESCO World Heritage agave field. From there, you’ll learn about the tequila-making process, savor Mexican snacks and beverages, and sip delicious tequilas. $230