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Route of the Cultural Heritage of the Baroque Period

San José de Gracia, Real de Asientos, Guadalajara, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Juan de los Lagos

This route begins in Guadalajara, home of tequila and the torta ahogada (which you must try during your visit), of course, to the rhythm of the mariachi. Stroll through the Historic Center, where four important squares converge to create a cross: Plaza Guadalajara, Plaza la Liberación, Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres (Roundabout of the Illustrious Jalisciences), and Plaza de Armas. True architectural gems are housed here, such as the Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral), one of the city’s icons, the Instituto Cultural Cabañas (Cabañas Cultural Institute), the Degollado Theater and the Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento ( Expiatory Temple of the Holy Sacrament). Tlaquepaque, Tonalá and Guachimontones are other places that will make your visit an unforgettable experience and only a few miles from Guadalajara. And why not? Take one of the Tequila Routes to taste and learn more about this traditional drink.

Continue for about 150 km (93 miles) to the north, until you reach San Juan de los Lagos; The Catedral de Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos (Cathedral of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos), also known as Cihualpilli, it is an mandatory stop here for it is where thousands of pilgrims come to ask for miracles and give thanks for those already fulfilled. It is also advisable to visit the kiosk in the Plaza de Armas and give yourself the opportunity to admire its Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace).

The road continues to Aguascalientes, home to one of the most important festivals in the country: the Feria de San Marcos (San Marcos Fair). This colonial city is deeply rooted in bullfighting and its Historic Center was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Here you can see several of the important sites on board the tram; learn more about its history at the Museo de la Ciudad (City Museum) or delve into one of the most important elements of Mexican culture at the Museo Nacional de la Muerte (National Museum of Death). You cannot leave without trying a gordita rellena (stuffed gordita), the lechón al horno (baked suckling pig) and the traditional chile aguascalentense (A chili pepper stuffed with meat, fruit, almonds and raisins covered in a creamy milk and almond sauce) and for the road, a couple of charamuscas (traditional candy).

Continue to the Pueblo Mágico (magical town) of San José de Gracia. There at the dock, you can take a boat that will take you to the impressive Cristo Roto (Broken Christ), one of the largest sculptures in the country. To fully enjoy this place, you must get off the ground and walk across the hanging bridges of the Boca de Túnel park. For the admirers of the national sport par excellence, the Charrería, there are special tours to see the workshops where their clothing is made.

Before leaving the state of Aguascalientes, you must go through Real de Asientos, its oldest township. The main attractions reside in the mines, tunnels and aqueducts; also the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Belén (Parish of Our Lady of Bethlehem). In Asientos you must board "El Piojito", which will take you on a tour of the El Hundido mine.

This route ends in the city of Zacatecas, Zacatecas; one of the colonial jewels of Mexico. It has one of the most attractive historical centers in the country and with sites that will invite you to visit it from top to bottom literally, because the activities that cannot be missed during your visit are to get on the cable car to go to Cerro de la Bufa and go down to the depths of a mine. The best complement will be an asado de bodas (red chili pork stew), the tacos envenenados (a taco fried in lard) or some Zacatecan enchiladas and for dessert a delicious custard with an intense nutty flavor.
This route begins in Guadalajara, home of tequila and the torta ahogada (which you must try during your visit), of course, to the rhythm of the mariachi. Stroll through the Historic Center, where four important squares converge to create a cross: Plaza Guadalajara, Plaza la Liberación, Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres (Roundabout of the Illustrious Jalisciences), and Plaza de Armas. True architectural gems are housed here, such as the Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral), one of the city’s icons, the Instituto Cultural Cabañas (Cabañas Cultural Institute), the Degollado Theater and the Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento ( Expiatory Temple of the Holy Sacrament). Tlaquepaque, Tonalá and Guachimontones are other places that will make your visit an unforgettable experience and only a few miles from Guadalajara. And why not? Take one of the Tequila Routes to taste and learn more about this traditional drink.

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Continue for about 150 km (93 miles) to the north, until you reach San Juan de los Lagos; The Catedral de Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos (Cathedral of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos), also known as Cihualpilli, it is an mandatory stop here for it is where thousands of pilgrims come to ask for miracles and give thanks for those already fulfilled. It is also advisable to visit the kiosk in the Plaza de Armas and give yourself the opportunity to admire its Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace).

The road continues to Aguascalientes, home to one of the most important festivals in the country: the Feria de San Marcos (San Marcos Fair). This colonial city is deeply rooted in bullfighting and its Historic Center was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Here you can see several of the important sites on board the tram; learn more about its history at the Museo de la Ciudad (City Museum) or delve into one of the most important elements of Mexican culture at the Museo Nacional de la Muerte (National Museum of Death). You cannot leave without trying a gordita rellena (stuffed gordita), the lechón al horno (baked suckling pig) and the traditional chile aguascalentense (A chili pepper stuffed with meat, fruit, almonds and raisins covered in a creamy milk and almond sauce) and for the road, a couple of charamuscas (traditional candy).

Continue to the Pueblo Mágico (magical town) of San José de Gracia. There at the dock, you can take a boat that will take you to the impressive Cristo Roto (Broken Christ), one of the largest sculptures in the country. To fully enjoy this place, you must get off the ground and walk across the hanging bridges of the Boca de Túnel park. For the admirers of the national sport par excellence, the Charrería, there are special tours to see the workshops where their clothing is made.

Before leaving the state of Aguascalientes, you must go through Real de Asientos, its oldest township. The main attractions reside in the mines, tunnels and aqueducts; also the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Belén (Parish of Our Lady of Bethlehem). In Asientos you must board "El Piojito", which will take you on a tour of the El Hundido mine.

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