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Ancient Artistry and Tequila Tasting at Artesanías El Quetzal

Artesanías El Quetzal

The perfect ending to private guided tour of Teotihuacan with Viator

Just outside of the Archaeological Zone of Teotihuacan there is a place worth stopping for enthusiasts of ancient artistry, craftsmanship, and fine spirits. Artesanías El Quetzal, a cooperative of artisans, offers a glimpse into the heart of Mexico’s rich culture, where visitors can learn about the legacy of pre-Hispanic civilizations while indulging in the flavors of Mexico through a tequila tasting experience. 

The Sacred Maguey Plant: Pulque’s Legacy

As visitors dive into the depths of Teotihuacan’s history, they unearth a fascinating revelation – the ancient origins of Mexican tequila. Contrary to popular belief, tequila’s roots extend far beyond the colonial era, tracing back to the indigenous inhabitants of Mesoamerica. During the Aztec era, drinks such as pulque were considered a sacred drink reserved for the gods and their priests, but today it is a common drink in Mexico City and beyond. 

Pulque, a milky-white liquor crafted from the sacred maguey plant, emerges as the precursor to modern-day tequila. According to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, traces of pulque dating back to 150 B.C. have been unearthed on pottery at Teotihuacan. Not only does this give a more insight into the timestamp of the liquor, but it also offers a glimpse into the dietary and cultural practices of Teotihuacan’s inhabitants. Scientific studies reveal pulque’s nutritional richness, containing proteins, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, pro and prebiotics. This is speculated to have been essential as an important dietary supplement in years with poor harvests. 

The maguey plant itself is and was used for many different reasons from cooking to crafting. The fiber from the maguey leaf can be braided into strong cords for rope, nets, baskets, bags, blankets, clothing…etc. It can also be made into paper for multiple different uses. And the sharp spikes at the end of the leaf can also be used as needles. At Artesanias El Quetzal, you are able to learn all about the maguey plant before you taste what it produces.

Crafting with Obsidian: An Ancient Art Form

Beyond the maguey plant, Artesanías El Quetzal offers insight into another hallmark of ancient Mesoamerican civilization – obsidian craftsmanship. Teotihuacan’s mastery of this semiprecious stone facilitated the production of cutting tools, rituals, and military weapons, underscoring the city’s pivotal role in regional trade and innovation. Not only are there artisans crafting obsidian on site, but there is a large gallery and shop to view and purchase local obsidian stones and pieces of art. 

A Tasting Experience to Remember

As the journey through Artesanías El Quetzal culminates, visitors are invited to indulge in a sensory exploration of Mexico’s most iconic spirit – tequila. Guided by knowledgeable staff, guests savor the nuances of premium pulque, tequilas, and mezcal. Through immersive experiences like tequila tastings and obsidian workshops, visitors are afforded a deeper understanding of Mexico’s culture. Artesanías El Quetzal offers a glimpse into the past and serves as a bridge between ancient traditions and contemporary appreciation. 

ROCKSTAR TIP: When you book a private guided tour of Teotihuacan through Viator, you gain access to this beautiful place. But you can also visit on your own at: Purification, Archaeological Circuit 5, Teotihuacán 55812
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