Aguascalientes: What’s it like? Is it value visiting?

Is Aguascalientes worth visiting?

Is Aguascalientes value visiting?

I want individuals had given me a straight reply once I requested the identical query on FB just a few months again.

So what’s Aguascalientes like? And is it value visiting?

I provide you with an sincere opinion beneath.



The Geography

Taking the bus north from town of Guanajuato, the geography began to vary. Lush hills and mountains began to provide approach a flatter, drier sort of geography. There have been naked, jagged cliffs with very sparse vegetation. For those who’ve travelled by way of a lot of South and Central Mexico you’ll discover the distinction. It wasn’t simply the geography. Buildings seemed completely different: extra unfold out, decrease (principally one storey). Every little thing appeared in some way just like elsewhere I had been. Then I remembered Chihuahua.

Aguascalientes isn’t as desert-like as Chihuahua. However coming from Guanajuato you may see the sluggish transition. It solely turns into extra pronounced as you get to Zacatecas (which might be our subsequent cease). In reality the Chihuahuan desert (the biggest desert in North America) extends down into Zacatecas state.

We had been nonetheless an extended, great distance from Chihuahua however Aguascalientes felt like a transition zone and would give me the identical “cowboy nation” vibe that I had skilled in Chihuahua.


Map beneath. See the change of color round Aguascalientes? You’re moving into desert nation

Aguascalientes on the map




A brief video of Aguascalientes


The Metropolis of Aguascalientes

Aguascalientes has some good spots: the primary plaza (Plaza Patria y Exedra) is big. On one aspect lies the Cathedral of Aguascalientes. On one other aspect lies the Palacio Municipal and the Palacio del Gobierno (a really spectacular constructing with some unimaginable murals. Some pictures additional beneath).

They’ve made the world round the primary sq. very enticing between the mix of monuments, a fountain, and a few trendy “courtyards” (Patio de los Jacarandas, Patio Jesús F. Contreras, Jardin Jacarandas). It’s a vigorous, fairly space the place individuals can stroll, socialize and chill out. The town has completed an excellent job in making the guts of town middle a really habitable place for locals.

Some Photographs:

Is Aguascalientes worth visiting?
Cathedral of Aguascalientes


Is Aguascalientes worth visiting?

Aguascalientes Cathedral
Above: contained in the Cathedral


Palacio del Gobierno Aguascalientes
Palacio del Gobierno, Aguascalientes


Is Aguascalientes worth visiting?

Is Aguascalientes worth visiting?

Is Aguascalientes worth visiting?
Above: Contained in the Palacio del Gobierno




Is Aguascalientes worth visiting?

Is Aguascalientes worth visiting?

Is Aguascalientes worth visiting?
Above: from the Jardin Jacarandas (situated subsequent to the Cathedral)


Plaza Patria Aguascalientes
Plaza Patria


Is Aguascalientes worth visiting?
The Aguascalientes signal




Barrio del Encino (often known as Barrio de Triana)

Simply south of the middle (a 15-minute stroll) is the Barrio del Encino. It’s the place we stayed 2 nights in an Airbnb house (it wasn’t good and I gained’t suggest it). It’s a laid-back neighbourhood with the principally one storey buildings that I used to be speaking about up high.

On the middle of the neighbourhood is the very fairly Jardín del Encino. You’ll see a church (Templo del Señor del Encino) and there’s a really fascinating museum right here: Museo José Guadalupe Posada. The museum is called after José Guadalupe Posada (1852 – 1913), an engraver, illustrator, caricaturist and political commentator. He’s most well-known for being the creator of the “La Catrina” the feminine cranium used because the image for Day of the Lifeless. His designs had been humorous but in addition reducing – and politicians had been his favourite targets. A go to to this museum is advisable.

On the opposite aspect of the sq. was the most effective restaurant we skilled in Aguascalientes:  La Mestiza Yucateca. Additionally very a lot advisable.


Just a few pictures from the Barrio del Encino:

Is Aguascalientes worth visiting?
Templo del Señor del Encino and the Museo José Guadalupe Posada


Museo José Guadalupe Posada Aguascalientes
Museo José Guadalupe Posada


Museo José Guadalupe Posada

Museo José Guadalupe Posada
Just a few examples of Posada’s illustrations




Jardín del Encino Aguascalientes
Jardín del Encino


Statue across the sq. surrounding Jardín del Encino


Streets within the Barrio del Encino

Barrio del Encino Aguascalientes

Barrio del Encino Aguascalientes

Barrio del Encino Aguascalientes






So is Aguascalientes value visiting?

I wouldn’t truthfully put Aguascalientes excessive on any record of “locations to see in Mexico”.

We favored town: elements of it had been enticing, it wasn’t touristy in any respect, individuals had been pleasant. Our two highlights had been Palacio del Gobierno and the Museo José Guadalupe Posada. Total, the guts of town middle is enticing.

However in any other case, Aguascalientes isn’t a really fairly place. The precise metropolis middle is kind of small. Stroll just a few blocks from Plaza Patria and also you’ll come throughout a hodgepodge of commercial structure which stretches and stretches and stretches.



You gained’t see the sweetness in Aguascalientes that you just see in close by Guanajuato or Zacatecas. It simply doesn’t examine in any approach. Aguascalientes, whereas enticing in elements, general will not be a fairly place. And whereas town has just a few fascinating sights, I don’t assume any will blow your socks off.

That’s my sincere opinion about visiting Aguascalientes as a vacationer.


Nonetheless, we’re pleased we skilled Aguascalientes. We met a lady along with her canine strolling across the Jardín del Encino who advised us about transferring from Los Angeles to dwell in Aguascalientes. She was Mexican-American. She favored the quieter life-style and stated that she felt safer in Aguascalientes than she ever did in LA (doing analysis on-line, I discovered that Aguascalientes is definitely one of many most secure Mexican cities). She had nothing however good issues to say about Aguascalientes.



There’s all the time one thing particular about visiting a spot with few vacationers. It results in extra genuine experiences. Whereas I won’t be pumping the virtues of Aguascalientes as a spot to go to, we left with nice recollections of recent sights and experiences, good meals and of assembly pleasant individuals.



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