Get a taste of Mexico in San Diego’s most historic neighbourhood! Take a short hike to the birthplace of California, then explore one of the best-kept-secret corners of San Diego. Along the way, snack and sip on authentic handmade tortillas and some of the world’s best tequilas.
Go beyond the typical trolley, boat, or waking tour and experience the nature, history, food, and drink of Old Town San Diego!
We’ll start our San Diego tour in the town centre, then, weather permitting, begin our hike up the Old Presidio Historic Trail to the site of the first-placed cross in the state, marking the “Birthplace of California.” Experience panoramic views of the city and the Pacific Ocean, with your guide pointing out features of the natural landscape and historical highlights along the trail. This trail is an adventure that many locals don’t even experience, so you’re going to be a true San Diego insider!
Back down the hill and no doubt hungry from all that hiking, you’ll be treated to your first handmade tortilla. And what goes best with tortillas? Tequila, of course! You’ll have the opportunity to sample from a large selection of tequilas available at a unique outdoor bar. Learn about the wide variety of tequilas, and find out how to make your first tequila choice of the tour a great one.
We’ll continue on to view one of the oldest haciendas in California, and then on to a stable and barn that houses some of the first stage coaches used in California. With your guide, you’ll wander through an open-air mercado loaded with local and imported crafts and artwork. Best of all, your guide will be able to help you differentiate the authentic from the imitation — no bad souvenirs on this tour!
After your short shopping detour, you’ll take in more history, checking out the site of the first printing press in San Diego, and then, if it’s open, heading inside the oldest church in San Diego. You’ll also get a chance to view the city’s oldest brick building followed by a stroll through a landmark cemetery with graves dating back to the 1850s.
Hungry again? Good, because we’ve got you covered with our next stop at a street-side tortilla stand. You’ll get to compare the corn tortilla to the flour — and we’ll leave it to you to debate which is best.
Then, we’ll take a brief walk over to a local tequileria boasting a collection of thousands of bottles. Here, you will be treated to a taste of one of the best tequilas in the world. (This sample is included as part of your tour price, but if tequila scares you, you may instead choose a margarita, beer, or another beverage of your choice.)
Lastly, we’ll stroll back through the historic neighbourhood to our final stop, one of San Diego’s landmark and best known Mexican restaurants. Here you will enjoy your fourth, and yes, fifth (are we full yet?!) tortilla tasting and, best of all, we’ll arrive just in time for happy hour!
We’ll bid adios here, but feel free to linger and check out the huge collection of tequilas, enjoy a delicious margarita, and dig into some great Mexican food. Or, if you want to keep moving, you can continue shopping and exploring this great San Diego neighbourhood.