THIS WAS THE BEST TOUR OF OUR TRIP!!! Luis (or Luiz? Ah sorry, I can’t remember the exact spelling) is an extremely competent and friendly tour guide. He will teach you so much about Cabo while making sure you are having a fantastic time.
My husband and I have been on two Cabo boating expeditions prior this week, and this one beat both. For this particular boat ride, you will see the famous Arch, huge rock formations, pelicans, and sea lions up close. It felt like a National Geographic trip, hehe.
Luis then drove us to a family owned Glassblowing factory, where we sat with other tour groups and witnessed locally recycled glass from tequila bottles morph into a pitcher. My favorite part was when the senior glassblowing artist cut a portion of malleable, orange hot glass with shears and rapidly molded into the pitcher’s handle. After the demonstration, we perused through their shop of handmade glass goods.
Next stop was the Tequila tasting, which definitely elevated our experience. We entered in with limited knowledge and exited as educated tequila connoisseurs, lol. The guy here was extremely knowledgeable about Tequila’s science and history, and taught us about different types. We tasted each kind, from blanco, to extra añeja (reminiscent of scotch), to chocolate. Chances are that everyone in your group will find a tequila type that pleases their palate—the guys in our group particularly enjoyed the extra aged tequila, and the ladies liked the dessert versions. I actually never liked Tequila much beforehand, because in the states we commonly associate the drink with shots that burn your throat. At first, I didn’t believe their claim that the burn can be avoided, but to everyone’s surprise, none of the 7-8 shots (yes, that many) burned our throats. It’s all because they taught us the proper technique.
After the tasting, Luis drove us to the Art District of San Jose Del Cabo where we dined at Jazmin’s for lunch. Then he took us to a jewelry shop/art gallery on one of the main streets. From that point, he gave us about half an hour or so to explore a bit on our own. My husband and I visited a handful of galleries and shops before deciding to grab a margarita. We reconvened in front of the church where Luis drove us all back to our resorts.
We’re glad that we got a taste of San Jose Del Cabo from the tour, because from then on until the rest of our vacation, my husband and I left our resort every night to dine out in this city area instead. We HIGHLY recommend it. The main area (Jose Maria Morelos street) is very trendy with really cool bars, live music, and gorgeous outdoor restaurants without the “college party” vibe. Basically, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas was for my twenties, and San Jose Del Cabo is for my thirties. It most definitely beats resort food. Ubering from the JW Marriott to this area cost around 99-130 pesos (~$5 to $7 USD), and when it’s time to return there’s usually one 4 minutes away.
What’s funny is that this was a last minute activity that we tacked onto our vacation itinerary, so we didn’t expect much. But it exceeded expectations. The tour is filled with diverse activities that are perfectly timed. Nothing felt too short nor too long, and it each stop was fun.
Finally for my last words, give this man Luis a raise!! He really took care of our group. He’s extroverted, but will respect your space. You can see he’s a man of his community based on his very welcoming interactions with all the workers and locals we encountered. He’s down-to-earth with good energy, which really made the tour enjoyable and complete. For example, he asked the restaurant staff to do something nice for someone in our group because it was their birthday. So a few guys came out in lucha libre masks, gave them dessert, and poured tequila down their throat, lol. (Hopefully someone is your group will be celebrating their birthday, too!)
We really appreciate Luis for his positivity, hospitality, patience, and professionalism. He’s pretty much the reason we’re taking time out of our day to write this review. If you are lucky enough to get him as your guide, make sure to tip him well! He will do his best to make sure you have a fun and memorable experience :)