Traditional Neighborhoods

Aguascalientes City

The city of Aguascalientes, located in the center of the country, is known for its rich history and culture, as well as its colonial architecture and vibrant nightlife.

If you are looking to soak up the most authentic Aguascalientes, exploring the neighborhoods of Aguascalientes is an excellent way to get to know the city and its culture in a deeper way.

Whether you're interested in history, architecture or nightlife, you're sure to find something to love in one of these neighborhoods.

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Barrios Tradicionales en Aguascalientes Barrio de San Marcos

Barrio de San Marcos

It is one of the best known neighborhoods in Aguascalientes, and is undoubtedly the most visited by tourists. It is located very close to the Municipal Palace and the Plaza de Armas.

The famous Feria Nacional de San Marcos, Mexico's most important fair, takes place right in this neighborhood.

There is also the temple of San Marcos and the garden that bears the same name and was formerly part of this temple.

Near the San Marcos garden there are several historic buildings, such as the old San Marcos Bullring, which is currently the headquarters of the Bullfighting School of Aguascalientes.

What to see and do in the Barrio de San Marcos

Huskyowen Plaza De Las 3 Centurias Aguascalientes

Barrio de La Estación

The Barrio de la Estación is one of the most emblematic places in the city. Here you will see a masterful railway architecture, created at the end of the 19th century.

The Ferronales Colony was built next to the railroad workshops at the end of the 19th century, and some of the land was used for the construction of housing for the North American technicians and engineers of the Central Railroad Bell.

You can visit the Tres Centurias Railroad complex, this place is proof of the great railroad era that positioned Aguascalientes as one of the most important centers of the country in this subject and today is a venue for events of all kinds.

What to see and do in the Barrio de la Estación

Santuario de Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe Ciudad de Aguascalientes 2

Barrio de Guadalupe

In the Guadalupe neighborhood you will find as main attractions points of interest the Templo de Guadalupe, which has a baroque style in its facade and very old wooden altarpieces.

Another tourist attraction in this old quarter is the Guadalupe garden, a beautiful esplanade full of ash and poplar trees with a kiosk in the center.

On the opposite side of this neighborhood are two of the city's most traditional cemeteries, De la Cruz and Los Angeles.

In late October and early November you can find dozens of stalls selling different kinds of candies in the shape of candy skulls and other treats.

What to see and do in Barrio de Guadalupe

Barrio del Encino Ciudad de Aguascalientes

Barrio del Encino

The Encino neighborhood can be visited very close to one of the main avenues of Aguascalientes, Adolfo Lopez.

In the center of this old neighborhood you can find the Templo del Encino which is dedicated to the Black Christ of the oak tree and its festivities are celebrated in November.

Near this temple in the same neighborhood is the José Guadalupe Posada museum dedicated to this important character of Aguascalientes and famous caricaturist for the creation of "La Catrina".

Opposite is the Encino garden with a simple fountain in the center.

What to see and do in Barrio del Encino

Templo de la Purísima Concepción Ciudad de Aguascalientes

Barrio de la Purísima

In this neighborhood is located the temple of La Purísima Concepción, work of the architect Refugio Reyes Rivas. It was finished at the beginning of the XX century and has a neo-gothic style; its interior is made of quarry stone decorated with gilded vegetal reliefs in which the figure of the Virgin of the Purisima can be appreciated.

The Glorieta de la Purísima, located right in the center of the neighborhood, was built in 1910 on the occasion of the Centennial of Independence.

Another attraction of Barrio de la Purísima is its tianguis, which has been held for more than five decades on Tuesdays and Sundays.

What to see and do in Barrio de la Purísima

Barrio de la Salud Aguascalientes

Barrio de la Salud

Since the end of the 18th century, this area of the city became a place of devotion to the Señor de la Salud (Lord of Health), due to the increasing number of deaths caused by pandemics.

It forced the creation of a new cemetery to the south of the town. Its construction was accompanied by a chapel dedicated to the Señor de la Salud.

As time went by, the dwellings of the gravediggers and some gardeners began to develop around it, thus forming a small community that has preserved its unity to this day.

What to see and do in Barrio de la Salud

Facts about Traditional Neighborhoods

The neighborhoods of Aguascalientes, a mix of customs and histories

Aguascalientes is a huge amalgam of customs and stories, all scattered throughout the heart of the city.

Knowing the 6 traditional neighborhoods of Aguascalientes is fundamental to have a general idea of the history and culture of the city.

The six typical neighborhoods give the city that great colonial personality, each with a rich and unique past always bathed in religiosity and a baroque architecture that takes us back to its memories.

Each of them has its own identity and unique characteristics that make them special.

With their rich history and vibrant community life, these neighborhoods are a testament to the cultural heritage and diversity of Aguascalientes, and are a place of pride and belonging for their inhabitants.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

The city of Aguascalientes has six old neighborhoods that hide treasures, they are the neighborhoods of:

  • La Estación
  • San Marcos
  • De Guadalupe
  • Del Encino
  • De la Purísima
  • De la Salud.

The oldest neighborhood in Aguascaliente is El Encino, where the Black Christ is kept, followed by San Marcos (originally an Indian village that was separated from the Villa).

Others know the Encino neighborhood as the Barrio de Triana, since it was founded by a Sevillian from Triana.

The suburb of Triana in Seville is known for its bullfighting tendencies.

So much is the bullfighting heritage, that nowadays the Trianadas are still held as part of the festivities of the Señor del Encino festivities (cultural activities and traditions of the neighborhood and the release of young bulls).

On October 22, 1575, the ancient Villa de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de las Aguas Calientes was founded, which owes its name to the abundance of hot springs in the area.

Where are the Traditional Neighborhoods of Aguascalientes?

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.