San José De Gracia Aguascalientes

Where to Go & What to Do

San José de Gracia is a town that has a lot to offer to all who visit it.

From religious devotees, adventure tourism and extreme sports enthusiasts to campers who will be amazed by the beautiful and majestic landscapes that this historic municipality has to offer.

Here you will find the Santuario del Cristo Roto (Sanctuary of the Broken Christ) and the Boca de Túnel Adventure Park, favorite sites and monuments for travelers.

Located on the banks of the Plutarco Elías Calles Dam, this simple town has been shaped by faith, as evidenced by the enormous sculpture of its Christ. 

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It is enough to approach its sanctuary to understand why it is so venerated. Talking with the boatman or with any person in town will motivate you to learn more about the Broken Christ that watches over San José from a small island in the dam. 

Boca de Túnel is located in a semi-desert canyon north of town. It includes 13 suspension bridges, two zip lines of 90 and 120 meters, rappel areas, hiking, boat and horseback riding.

It is the gateway to the forested landscapes of the Sierra Fria, which is ideal for mountain biking.

🏙 Activities in San José de Gracia Magical Town

Top 7 Attractions

  1. Visiting the Broken Christ
  2. Activities at the Plutarco Elias Calles Dam
  3. Boca de Túnel Adventure Park
  4. Artisan Gallery
  5. Eco Glamping
  6. Visit the Sierra Fría
  7. Handicrafts market

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

San José de Gracia is one of the four Magical Towns treasured by the state of Aguascalientes, a municipality that has established itself as an interesting destination for nature, religious and sports tourism. We recommend you:

  • Make the hanging bridges circuit in Boca del Túnel.
  • Experience the devotion of the pilgrims on their way to Cristo Roto.
  • Sleep in the cabins overlooking the canyon of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de las Aguas Calientes.

The sanctuary of the Broken Christ is one of the iconic monuments of Aguascalientes and one of the largest sculptures in Mexico, with an approximate height of 27 meters.

For the inhabitants of the municipality, the work has an important symbolism as it represents a source of hope and personifies their strong religious beliefs.

The mutilated Christ represents the mutilation of the people who had to flee the place when the dam was raised. The work is dedicated to the hopeless.

Among the great treasures of San José are its festivals and traditions:

  • January 6 is a religious celebration dedicated to corn as the basis of food and a product of the region, a celebration that has been held since 1915.
  • The entire town preserves the custom of going to bathe in the Calles dam on June 24, the day of San Juan, as they consider the water to be blessed on that day.
  • On December 8, the patronal feast day of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated.

Erasmo Aguilar and Miguel Romo Santino decided to make a sculpture of the Broken Christ.

The work was inaugurated in 2006 and was completed in two months with a team of more than 300 workers.

The spirit of the artists was a tribute to remember all the hardships that this town suffered since its constitution in the 17th century.

The structure measures 28 meters and the island is also home to a sanctuary.

Those who do religious tourism in Aguascalientes will be able to appreciate there scale replicas of the images of all the Christs of the temples of the State.

They are arranged in niches at the base of the sculpture.

Today, the Cristo Roto is still considered the savior of lost causes, and is a popular stop for many Mexican citizens crossing illegally into the United States.

It is also visited to obtain healing from illnesses. In this place the pilgrim reaches the contact with Christ through prayer, here you will find the most powerful and effective prayers to Christ.

For those who are not particularly interested in the religiosity of the site, the dam and the island are worth visiting for their incredible views of the semi-arid landscape of central Mexico.

Leyenda Base Cristo Roto San Jose De Gracia Aguascalientes

Main Activity in San José de Gracia

Cristo Roto San Jose de Gracia

Sanctuary of the Broken Christ

The island where the Sanctuary of the Broken Christ is located, is in the heart of the Elías Calles Dam. The image of the Broken Christ measures 25 meters and is mounted on a base of 3 meters giving a total height of 28 meters, considered one of the largest in the country.

The sculpture is visible from a distance, access is only by water by boat with all the security measures for the transport of visitors.

When you reach the island there is a stairway that leads you to the sanctuary to appreciate the majestic image. 

Recommended Cabins in San Jose de Gracia

If Ecotourism and Adventure is your thing

Boca de Tunel San Jose de Gracia Aguascalientes

Boca de Túnel Adventure Park

Boca de Túnel Park in Aguascalientes is a place for adventure and amazement. 

Crossing high cliffs on suspension bridges, flying on a zip line and admiring natural canyon landscapes: this is what a visit to this place is like.

The canyon system here is little known and tourism development is recent, but it is a work of art that nature has taken millions of years to sculpt. 

The result is the curious landscapes, which resemble those of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, although, in any case, in miniature version!

Other Attractions in or near San José de Gracia

San José de Gracia Is Part of the Wine Route

Ruta del Vino en Aguascalientes

Wineries and Vineyards

Aguascalientes has the ideal climatic conditions and altitude for grape growing.

That is why since its foundation it already had plantations that grew in number and extension until reaching the second place in vine production in the country, being brandy the most produced beverage in the State.

Aguascalientes has 205 hectares of wine grapes. There are 18 wineries and vineyards open to the public for tourist experiences.

Where is San José de Gracia Aguascalientes located?

Distance between San José de Gracia and Other Cities

Distance in Km | Miles
Time in Hours
Aguascalientes AGS
44 km | 27 Mi
45 Minutes
Zacatecas ZAC
102 km | 63 Mi
1 Hour 30 Minutes
León GTO
174 Km | 108 Mi
2 Horas 30 minutos
San Luis Potosí SLP
207 Km | 129 Mi
3 Hours
Guanajuato GTO
227 km | 141 Mi
3 Hours

Distance between San José de Gracia and Pueblos Mágicos

Distance in Km | Miles
Time in Hours
Pabellón de Hidalgo AGS
12 km | 7 Mi
15 Minutes
Real de Asientos AGS
48 km | 30 Mi
50 Minutes
Calvillo AGS
90 Km | 57 Mi
1 Hour 15 Minutes
Guadalupe ZAC
95 Km | 59 Mi
1 Hour 15 Minutes
Pinos ZAC
117 km | 73 Mi
2 Horas

Official Tourism Site

Aguascalientes is a destination with an interesting combination of charming natural surroundings, tradition and industrial development. 

Outstanding for its manufacturing industry, especially textile, electronics and automotive, the state capital has become one of the tourist destinations with the best range of services in the Mexican Bajio.