Aguascalientes Travel Guide

  • Aguascalientes
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Aguascalientes
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Aguascalientes
    by jorgejuansanchez

Aguascalientes Things to Do

  • Museo J. Guadalupe Posada

    If you are into art or printmaking, then a visit here is obligatory. Posada (b. 1852) is a giant on the landscape of Mexican graphic arts, and this museum features an extensive collection of his works as well as the plates themselves. There are four main exhibit rooms - with the first one acting as a gallery. Generally th esecond room is used to...

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  • Palacio Municipal

    The central municipal building was built in 1700 and is a joy to be seen. It currently houses various government offices throughout its two floors. But besides the beautiful architecture it also has a number of extremely detailed murals on many of its inner walls.

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  • TEATRO MORELOS

    In this neoclassical theater, in October 1914, while the Great War was raging in Europe, the generals of the factions that had sprung up from the Revolution came together to sort out a possible new Mexico. United in their goal of toppling General Victoriano Huerta from power - usurped after the murder of Francisco Madero and his brother - the...

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  • Templo del Señor del Encino

    This church (located south of the city center) had what I thought was a very interesting exterior - a good example of Mexican baroque style. The 'estipite' style pilasters on the main facade, and the crazy curves of the side portal caught my attention. This is late Baroque - and the influence of Neoclassical elements can be seen on the tower. It is...

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  • San Marcos Fair

    The San Marcos Fair has been held in Aguascalientes every Spring since 1828! It's centered around a small church but it has expanded throughout the downtown area.It features shopping, shows, bullfights, amusement rides, and lots & lots of food & drink!Here's some more detail on it.

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  • Central Fountain

    In the center of the city, below the tall statue is a beautiful fountain that is especially wonderful to be near when it's hot outside.The fountain serves as a meeting place for many locals to meet and hang out near.

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  • PALACIO DE GOBIERNO

    Dating back to 1665, the Palacio is located on the south side of the Plaza. Originally built as a house, today serving as the government headquarters for Aguascalientes State. Within the courtyard are a grand series of arches, pillars and staircases. Huge murals painted by Chilean Osvaldo Barra - a student of Diego Rivera's - depict the forces that...

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  • CATHEDRAL

    Located on the west side of the Plaza, the 18th century baroque cathedral is much more ornate on the interior. There are several paintings within done by Miguel Cabrera - one of the best-known Mexican painters of the 18th century.

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  • PLAZA DE PATRIA

    Ground zero for Aguascalientes , here is where a visitor will want to start their explorations from. The cathedral, State Capital, the Teatro Morelos and the huge eagle/serpent statue are all here. Like many zocalos in Mexico, the Plaza also serves as the front porch/living room for the City-State.

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Aguascalientes Hotels

Aguascalientes Restaurants

  • Delicious Meat Tacos!

    My ex-girlfriend and her son introduced me to this amazing little restaurant. They serve a wide variety of meat tacos, along with many other kinds of Mexican food.It's clean, bright, with friendly service too!Tell the owner, Paula Soto, that Roberto sent you! You might want to consider one of the combo platters or just go for individuals tacos.

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  • Traditional

    I like a place that has lots of family photos on the wall - and especially when the owners (and their paents) have their portraits above the door. They claim they have been in business since 1938 and I believe it. Breakfast: includes fresh fruit, coffee, juice - the works.

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  • Good meals, great ambience throughout...

    Sanborns is a very popular restaurant chain and boutique department store, with locations throughout Mexico.There are two Sanborns' in Aguascalientes: - Downtown - The North side of the cityThe downtown one is located in a fabulous old hotel that is now painted pink. The interior decor is very classy. My experience with the service here hasn't be...

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Aguascalientes Nightlife

  • Clubs and Bars

    Wether you like country, salsa, hip hop, or just having a drink with friends and listening to live music, then you will find a place just right for you! Here are some of the places I enjoyed and hope you do as well:Ocho Segundos (Mexican country and "banda" music)-CLUBEl Grito (Hip Hop and trendy music)-CLUBInovvo-(Mixed type of dance music)-CLUBLa...

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  • Mexican Dancing & Music

    While you're in Aguascalientes be sure to see if you can attend one of the dance performances. There are several venues around town so just ask someone at your hotel or at the local Tourism office.You'll be pleasantly surprised to find out how incredibly professional the performers are and the cost is [usually] very inexpensive. Mexicans tend to...

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Aguascalientes Shopping

  • Cloth Wrist Bands

    These colourful wrist bands come are very popular in Aguascalientes, primarily amongst kids. You can often get them embroidered with your name or perhaps that of someone back home.

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  • Buying from Street Vendors

    Throughout Aguascalientes (and Mexico for that matter) you will find countless street vendors offering local arts & crafts, as well as imported items. There are some good quality products at many street vendor stands. But look over everything carefully because it'll be much more difficult to return something than at a regular store. Bartering is...

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  • Lace, lace, and more lace!

    Aguascalientes is famous for the beautifully intricate lace they make there. The photo shows a number of pieces from one shop.

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Aguascalientes Local Customs

  • Merenderos

    In Aguascalientes I found a type of bar that has its own name/category of "merendero." These places typically offer you a series of snacks (tapas, in Spain) which are generally much better than the peanuts or potato chips you might be used to. As long as you are drinking, they will keep refilling and cycling different snacks for you. I found that...

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  • Fresh Water

    Drinking tap water in Aguascalientes is not safe. It won't kill you, but it could make you terribly sick.So everyone gets drinking water delivered in large water bottles.I spotted this cute little truck and just had to take a photo of it. It looks ideal for the task at hand and is probably very efficient to run.

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  • Street Beggars

    Like in every other part of Mexico, you will find a number of beggars in Aguascalientes. The ones here appear to most often be little old ladies.Seeing them makes me realize how incredibly good me & my fellow Canadians have it back home.

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Aguascalientes Warnings and Dangers

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    Smelly Bugs

    by rmdw Updated Jan 10, 2005

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    I was absolutely fascinated by these bugs. They typically are found sitting on various plants and trees. It's not clear to me whether they were sucking out the nutrients of these plants or just suntanning.

    My ex-girlfriend's son warned me to be careful around them as apparently they set off a rather horrible scent that is reminiscent of urine.

    If you happen to know anything more about these insects then please do let me know!

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Aguascalientes Off The Beaten Path

  • TRAIN STATION

    Aguascalientes has always been an important transit center - whether for the silver caravans or for the burgeoning rail system. You can get some idea of the former importance of the railways here by looking at the granduer and the size of the rail station here. Time has passed the Mexican rail system by now, however. Trains are only a memory to...

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  • The Tlacuache

    The Tlacuache is one of the strangest animals you'll ever see. My girlfriend's casa in Aguascalientes is in the rural part of the city.One afternoon this animal just came strolling up to the house as an explorer often does.The body was about 30cm long and the tail an equal length beyond that. To me it looks like a cross between an anteater and a...

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  • IN the beaten path: El...

    IN the beaten path: El Encierro bronze sculpture (6 meter tall), just outside the bullfight ring. 7 bulls (1 ton each) and a rancher driving them to the corrida (bullfight). Great spot to take pictures.

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Aguascalientes Favorites

  • Coca-Cola in Aguascalientes

    In many parts of Mexico you'll see a very strong presence from the Coca-Cola company. Ordering a coke is done as follows: "Una Coca por favor."

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  • An old, old city

    This photo, taken in 2003 shows how incredibly old Aguascalientes is.Here's a brief history of the city's origins: "The Villa de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de las Aguas Calientes was founded on October 22, 1575 mainly to protect and shelter the travelers who were heading to Mexico from Zacatecas. Today this tradition of hospitality continues...

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  • Hiring a Magician or Clown in...

    If you're looking to hire a magician ("mago") or clown ("payasos") in Aguascalientes, here's a quick guide:Payaso FOS:Tel.- 917-2112Cel.- 121-0384 Payasos Elegantes:Tel.- 972-4546Cel.- 414-7664 Mago Fitolin y su muñeco Chanito:Tel.- 918-2671 El Mago Blanco y su Mucñeco Don Cheto:Tel.- 978-2723 or 978-3549 Plasti-Fiesta:Tel.- 918-2828Note: The...

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