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Aguascalientes Travel Guide
Everything you need to know about the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico
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Aguascalientes (Hot Springs), one of the smallest states in Mexico, is located in the northern part of the Bajío region. Zacatecas borders it to the north, east and west, and by Jalisco to the south.
Aguascalientes was historically known for its former railroad and textile industry. Currently, the state is known for its winemaking industry and San Marcos Fair (Feria Nacional de San Marcos), the biggest fair in Mexico and one of the largest in Latin America.
🇲🇽 Aguascalientes quick info
- 🇲🇽 Capital: Aguascalientes City
- ⏰ Timezone: Central Standard Time (GMT-6)
- ✈️ Airports: Aguascalientes International Airport
- 🌆 Major Cities (population): Aguascalientes (723,043) Jesús María (82,623) Calvillo (50,183) Rincón de Romos (45,471) Asientos (40,574)
- 🚩 Size/Area: 2,112 square miles
- 🧑🤝🧑 Population: 1,065,416 (2005 Census)
- 📅 Year of Statehood: 1853
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💡 Aguascalientes Fun Facts
- The name of the state Aguascalientes means “hot waters” in Spanish. The state got its name from the the numerous hot springs in the area.
- There is also an Aguascalientes in Peru (for Machu Picchu expeditions). Make sure to type “Aguascalientes Mexico” when researching for your trip so you won’t get search results from Peru.
- The state’s coat of arms has images of hot springs, coals, a fountain, and a cauldron. Aguascalientes is heavily represented by Our Lady of the Assumption, accompanied by two cherubs. A broken gold chain can be found at the top of the coat of arms which symbolizes freedom and statehood. On the lower ledt corner, you will find grapes (and a dam) which represents agriculture of the state. The bee with a wheel on the lower right represents the disciplined labor and work ethics of the people of Aguascalientes.
- The city of Aguascalientes features the Cerro del Muerto, a hill that is thought to resemble a man lying down.
- The city of Aguascalientes is called “the land of the good people“ because its inhabitants are so friendly.
- Aguascalientes is one of the smallest Mexican states with a land area of 2,112 square miles. Despite its small size, it is an important strategic location for the country. Aguascalientes is literally in the center of the country and is called “el corazon” (the heart).
- One of the state’s largest tourist attractions is La Feria de San Marcos is held to honor Saint Mark and is Aguascalientes’ largest tourist event. Saint Mark is the protector of Aguascalientes and is celebrated every April. During the event, you will see daily bullfights and cockfights.
- Regional dances such as La Pelea de Gallos (the cockfight dance), La Danza de Bordadoras (the dance of sewing ladies), and La Danza de Ferrocarrileros (the dance of the railroad operators) all originated in Aguascalientes. La Danza de Ferrocarrileros originated in the union of railroad operators; the dancers simulate a train with workers performing maintenance on it.
SOURCES: HISTORY.COM | BRITANNICA.COM
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