Aguascalientes, the capital city of the state that bears the same name, is located at the center of the Mexican Republic, due northwest of Mexico City. The town was founded in 1575 as a postal stop between Mexico City and the city of Zacatecas. It now has more than four centuries of history, stunning Colonial buildings and plazas – together with modern-city infrastructure. Exquisite museums, bullfighting arenas and thermal water spas comprise just a few of the event venues in Aguascalientes.
Aguascalientes is located 325 miles northeast of Mexico City, and is accessible by both land and air. The Lic. Jesus Teran Peredo International Airport (AGU) is located 30 minutes south of the city and has international services to and from Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles, as well as Tijuana and Mexico City. Several major bus companies (Omnibus, Pimera Plus) service the bus station, which is located just over a mile south of the city center.
Aguascalientes meeting venues include 15 hotels with a total guest room inventory of 2,212 rooms. The city's top conference venue, the San Marcos Convention Center, is situated in the city's historical center. The event venue has 10 different event spaces, with a maximum capacity of 5,000 auditorium-style in an space totaling 91,202 square feet. Alternatively, the Gran Alameda is a 5 Star hotel that offers 48 luxury suites, as well as a restaurant, bar pool, and gym. The hotel is an ideal place to hold meetings and small conferences, with spaces spanning 25,093 square feet, great for cocktails of up to 3,000 and conferences of up to 1,500 participants.
Aguascalientes is divided into five traditional neighborhoods. Each presents its own collection of Baroque architecture, rich traditions and unique history. The town also is home to several splendid churches and cathedrals that are a testimony to the region's deeply religious heritage. Aguascalientes' artisan crafts are famous, especially the embroidered garments, the production techniques of which have been passed down for generations. Aguascalientes also has several noteworthy art and history museums, including the Regional History Museum, the Train Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum. City tours can be taken on an imitation trolley car. The nearby winery of Bodegos de Santo Tomas, which produces some of Mexico's best known wines, houses a museums and offers tours, tastings and sells wine.
Every year between April and May in Aguascalientes, the famous San Marco fair takes place. Thousands of Mexicans gather for a few weeks to celebrate the harvest with bullfights, charreadas (an authentic Mexican rodeo), mechanical rides, concerts and casino gambling.