Aguascalientes, capital of the state with the same name, is located in North-Central Mexico. It is a cradle of Mexican traditions, culture, and folklore, as reflected in its churches, haciendas, handicrafts, and festivals.
Named after hot springs discovered by the conquistadors, the hot waters (aguas calientes) of these natural swimming pools range from 63˚ to 68° F and is one of the city’s main attractions. Four centuries after its founding, Aguascalientes remains a land of “clear water, clear skies, fertile land, and good people,” as stated in the motto on its coat of arms.
The old neighborhoods are varied and multicultural, with a wide range of churches, plazas, gardens, monuments, modern architecture, museums, and sports venues that makes Aguascalientes an important tourist destination in Mexico.
Aquascalientes is home to important cultural and entertainment events. Mexico’s largest fair is in Aguascalientes. San Marcos National Fair, offering food and drink, amusement rides, bullfights, and more, attracts visitors from all over the world. Another big celebration is Festival de las Calaveras (Festival of the Skulls). The popularity of these events is a reflection of the city’s strong traditions distributed throughout its old neighborhoods.
Adorned with eighteenth century architecture that keeps the religious splendor of the colonial era alive, examples include the historic center with the Aguascalientes Cathedral, dedicated to Our Lady of Assumption, and the churches of San Diego and Our Lady of the Rosary. Another icon of the capital is the Morelos Theater, site of the famed Aguascalientes Convention and a museum housing records of the city’s importance in Mexican history.
Hotels in Aguascalientes, such as the Fiesta Americana Aguascalientes and Hotel Francia Aguascalientes, located across from the Cathedral, offer excellent service.
Fine openwork, embroidery, and textiles, made using techniques handed down from one generation to another, are among the city’s most representative handicrafts. The cuisine, another symbol of regional culture, distinguishes it as a city with a myriad of colors, aromas, and flavors.