In the midst of a deciduous forest climate, nestled along mountains and hills, you'll find Tepezala, a municipality in the state of Aguascalientes that offers you a journey to the region’s past through its different sites and traditions. As soon as you arrive, you'll be struck by the Our Lady Refugio Parish: a neoclassical style, pink quarry stoned temple, the large stained-glass windows allowing the soft blue light of the Aguascalientes sky to illuminate the interior as you stand and soak up its sacred atmosphere. A spot on the Silver Route (that once extended from Mexico City all the way to Zacatecas), Tepezala boasts great silver, copper and precious stones mining industries. The former Las Pilas hacienda, now a series of fascinating ruins, is a snapshot of the heights enjoyed by the silver and minerals industries in the region.
In the historic center of Tepezala, head for the Cooperative Home Office, which tells the region’s oldest children’s tale through paintings kept in the kitchen’s wall. The traditional homes found in this town, built with regional stones, make up a picturesque landscape you won't easily forget.
The Religious Art Museum, the Tepezala Christ (a Black Christ made of animal blood and reeds) and the Maria Isabel Bullring are just some of the tourist attractions that bring in both local and foreign tourists every year. If you have a taste for the outdoors, Tepezala is home to an eco-ranch known as El Camiral, where exotic species, such as red deer, pheasants and ostriches, are the main visual attraction. This mountainous region is also home to the Mesillas Dam, whose peacefulness and beauty will lure you to spend the night camping under the moonlight.
As though its vocation were to delight the palate, this town offers a range of exquisite dishes such as pocholas, a delicacy made of ground chicken meat, baked with Mexican sauce and regional beans on the side. When it comes to delicious deserts, you'll be seriously tempted in Tepezala: membrillo is a traditional concentrated candy whose main ingredient is, as its name in Spanish implies, the quince, and whose tantalizing flavor will leave you asking for more. Tepezala is a fitting representative of Aguascalientes’ gastronomical tradition, where the guava fruit is an essential ingredient in traditional candies, pastes and jams. Indulging your sweet tooth is obligatory in Tepezala.