A cultural and cozy atmosphere with more than 400 years of history, fiestas and traditions, characterize the capital of Aguascalientes; world-famous for its well known San Marcos Fair, the oldest and most established fair in the country. Walking is the best way to know the city and admire its baroque architecture and the style of its five typical neighborhoods
(La Estación, La Salud, El Encino, Guadalupe and San Marcos); temples, monuments, plazas and gardens. Of special interest: Our Lady of Assumption Basilica; Church of San
Diego and of Our Lady of the Rosary; Government Palace; San Marcos Garden, Regional History Museum; Aguascalientes Museum; José Guadalupe Posada Museum.
Varied gastronomy (pot barbeque, white mole, campesina soup, Aguascalientes Chile (hot pepper), Grandmother’s loin; condoches –cornbread-, bishop’s weed, pinion, or walnut tamales; guava with cajeta sweet, ladrillos –puff pastry crumbly shortbread-). Fine crafts (textiles, lace work, embroidery, leather goods, iron work, marquetry, pottery –majolica-). Wine tradition (Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon; tours to vineyards). Colorful festivities (Festival of Skeletons, a must, during the Day of the Dead celebrations). Natural sceneries for ecotourism and extreme sports. Golf courses (Club Campestre de Aguascalientes, Santa Mónica Country Club); quaint populations nearby (Real de Asientos –Magical Pueblo -). Good infrastructure for exhibit and convention tourism.
TO LODGE AGUASCALIENTES
• Quinta Real
Very classy hotel; the first one of this prestigious and elegant Mexican style chain, where a bull-fighting plaza once stood. Pool. Los Murales Restaurant: elegant and peaceful; Mexican and international specialties.
Tel: (01-449) 978 5818.
TO EAT AGUASCALIENTES
Argentine style chain in a residential area; quality cuts at reasonable prices. Terrace. Ideal for families, business or friends.
Meat cuts; Pizzas.
Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio 244. Lomas del Campestre.
Tel: (01-449) 914 9155.
• De Andrea
Family business that offers haute international cuisine, an ample and well-chosen menu in a distinguished atmosphere.
Mexican buffet on Sundays. Ideal for business or special occasions.
Chile Aguascalientes (Aguascalientes hot pepper), Campesina soup, Grandmother’s style loin.
Av. Alameda esq. Tecnológico. Col. Héroes.
Tel: (01-449) 970 3800.
• La Estación
Regional and international cuisine.
Warn and homey atmosphere, in front of the train station. Breakfasts. Ideal for families or groups of friends.
Butter tamal with ranchero cheese; Chilaquiles.
Calle 28 de Agosto 210. Barrio de la Estación.
Tel: (01-449) 918 6664.
• La Garufa
Quality cuts and delicious Italo-Argentine dishes in a warm and cozy environment; attentive service. Ideal for business or with friends.
Bife de chorizo (rump steak); Empanadas.
Blvd. Aguascalientes 408 Norte. Col. Bosques del Prado.
Tel: (01-449) 914 9147.
• Las Costillas de Sancho
Famous for its ribs and habanero pepper sauce, in a relaxed place that offers in addition a variety of well-seasoned dishes; cozy and personalized place. Live music. Ideal for families.
Ribs in plum or apricot sauce; Chicharrón tacos in green sauce; Gallego style tomatoes.
Sierra de Pinos 101. Col. Bosques del Prado.
Tel: (01-449) 912 9212.
• Las Gambas
Seafood and international cuisine.
Simple atmosphere. Ample menu, area for children. Ideal for families or with friends.
Fried crab tacos; Marinera style snail.
Sierra del Laurel 202. Col. Bosques del Prado.
Tel: (01-449) 912 2529.
• Villa Toscana
It’s famous for being the best in its style; pleasant eatery with a terrace and a nice atmosphere. Ideal for business, families or friends.
Wood fire pizza; Scallops.
Av. Luis Donaldo Colosio 513. Col. Jardines de la Concepción, 2ª Sección.
Tel: (01-449) 912 1247.