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Attend festivals, explore museums and visit breathtaking churches to experience the color and culture of this thrilling and authentic Mexican city. Aguascalientes also goes by the nickname “El Corazón,” or “the heart,” as the city is located in the center of Mexico. The city is also one of the cultural hearts of the country and the birthplace of several famous dishes. Visit Aguascalientes to get a glimpse of daily life in Mexico and to discover its lively events and fascinating historical sights.
The city was founded in 1575 by Spanish settlers, in a region that had been inhabited by indigenous communities for more than 1,000 years. Stroll around 18th-century haciendas such as El Chichimeco and 19th-century thermal baths such as Ojocaliente to see buildings from different stages in the city’s history.
Wander around the city center to absorb the atmosphere of the city. Exploring the streets could lead you past the stunning Aguascalientes Government Palace or through the tranquil grounds of the Jardín de San Marcos . Linger in the spacious Plaza de la Patria, the center of the historic Old Town.
The National Museum of Death is a macabre yet compelling attraction that displays a collection of artifacts such as masks, skulls and sculptures. Browse the collections of the Museum of Aguascalientes to view eclectic styles of local artists. Visit the José Guadalupe Posada Museum , which charts the work of a local political artist.
Stand in awe of the religious architecture in Aguascalientes. The Catedral Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción , which was built in the early 18th century, contains stunning religious artworks by Miguel Cabrera. Step inside the asymmetrical Templo de San Marcos , dedicated to the city’s patron saint.
Aguascalientes is centrally located in Mexico. Access it easily from other tourist destinations in the country. Fly here from Mexico City , Cancun and other major cities or catch a bus to the city from nearby destinations such as Guadalajara .
Come in April to join the throngs of visitors celebrating the lively Feria de San Marcos or visit outside the festival period to enjoy the charms of Aguascalientes without crowds.