With more than four centuries of life, history, gastronomy and legend overflow in a territory of just 385 square kilometers: they say that in 1835 President Santa Anna could not resist the beautiful words and the kiss given by a woman in exchange for granting the definitive independence of Zacatecas.
True or false, this story adorns the shield of the state and the local imaginary, filling it with the magic that extends through colonial streets and establishments adorned with the seductive Catrina: symbol of Aguascalientes created by José Guadalupe Posada and recognized internationally.
Place to Visit in Aguascalientes
Depending on the days you have, you will not lack activities to set up your agenda:
Plaza de las Tres Centurias:
The Plaza de las Tres Centurias awaits flanked by three buildings of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries with jetted fountains that reach ten meters: five minutes away, its beautiful Railroad Museum honors with its collection the railway tradition local and is home of the first Mexican railroad. Its emblems are the locomotive “Hidrocálida” exposed at the entrance and the monumental clock; erected in honor of the former workers of the Round House.
Temple of San Antonio de Padua:
Completed in 1906, the three towers of the Temple of San Antonio de Padua lie built in quarries of beautiful pink, yellow and green hues. It is unmistakable because it contains a special fusion of different architectural currents; Arabic, Gothic, Baroque and Russian styles converge on its walls.
National Museum of Death:
The National Museum of Death is unique in the world. Through a collection built by the engraver Octavio Bajonero for more than fifty years, he portrays the unique Mexican relationship with death between clay figures, ceramics, paintings, toys and canvases.
Regional Museum of History of Aguascalientes:
In its seven rooms you will travel through history from the fossils found in the town, the pre-Hispanic religiosity, to the Chichimec wars.
Basilica Our Lady of the Assumption:
With more than 280 years old, this exquisite Solomon baroque cathedral is home to a marble cypress that houses the Virgin of the Assumption and the main Catholic building in the state. Its three interior domes are adorned with plant motifs.
After visiting it, he walks to the pedestrian street of the elbow for coffee.
San Marcos Garden and Temple:
The Garden and Temple of San Marcos is the permanent star of the city and center of the fair. Bounded by a pink quarry balustrade, its four symmetrical entrances welcome since 1831 the social life between beautiful gardens full of jacaranda trees and nice statues that recreate the ancient daily life.
Next to the kiosk the multicolored fountains and artists brighten the afternoon with shows, while waiting for the miracle of chromatic tones that emanates from the sunset. A few steps in Churrigueresque style Our Lady of Carmen Parish and its surroundings will be a visual and festive pleasure to walk at night.
Ojocaliente Thermal Baths:
For long agendas, heal any discomfort in the Ojocaliente Thermal Baths, famous since the 19th century with waters emanating at temperatures between 38 and 40 degrees.
Bullfighting lovers cannot stop going to the Monumental Plaza de Toros. The Temple of Christ of the Encino, the Government House, the Toy Museum and the chickpea skull at the Guadalupe Posada Museum are also waiting for you.
“Good land, good people, clear water, clear sky.”
What to eat
One of our favorite parts was to let us transport on your culinary journey, exquisite in every corner. Your breakfast should start with “chiqueadas” -fatitas stuffed and fried with butter- or barbecue tacos. For the hunger between meals try a traditional “mason” roll.
At noon you will have a menu full of options: the seasoning of the birria sauce from the Mercado de la Birria in Morelos street, the “San Pancho” snacks, the Aguascalientes style chili or colored taquitos in street stalls.
Enjoy the hike in the hands of a jicaleta with chilito, chicks, the ice cream of the Nevería El As or some tasty “chaskas” that are skites of the most varied combinations.
Have some succulent tacos of carnitas at Lechón Rudy or El Pascualito.
The time of the souvenir:
The representative catrinas that are sold on Nieto Street are required, you will find them of all sizes and prices. There are also beautiful works of sculpted clay in the Casa del Artesano. If you go on Tuesday or Sunday you can visit the tianguis.
His motto falls short. Being hydro-warm – as its inhabitants are called affection – is knowing how to enjoy life. This city is not only the owner of therapeutic hot springs, the largest fair in the continent or one of the highest national quality of life indices, and its historic center is recognized as part of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
We recommend it:
To live the best fair in the country and the square with one of the most beautiful sunsets in Mexico. You cannot say that you know Aguascalientes completely if you do not visit the San Marcos Fair.
For three to four weeks – between April and May – the whole country meets to dance to the rhythm of the drum, enjoy the nightlife and artists in the palenque, the excitement of the wild party, visit the largest Livestock Expo of the country and eat with the family around the artificial lake on La Isla, jump off the zip line among many other activities.
To keep an eye on the agenda, we suggest you visit:
- Book the hotel in advance. Receiving 7.7 million visitors during the fair, hotel occupancy is almost 100% and available rooms exceed triple the price.
- Also between October and November the Skull Festival is held with a grand parade of catrinas and floats that ends in snacks, music, cultural presentations and the essential dead bread.
- No matter when you come, you will end your visit through this small metropolis with a colonial flavor and happy people shouting: