Aguascalientes is one of the state of Mexico. It is divided in 11 municipalities and its capital city is Aguascalientes. Its name means "hot waters" in Spanish and originated from the abundance of hot springs in the area.
It is located in North-Central Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Zacatecas to the north and Jalisco to the south.The state is located about 480 km (300 mi) from Mexico City. It covers 5,471 square kilometers (2,112 sq mi) and has a little more than one million inhabitants. Most of its inhabitants live in the densely populated metropolitan area of its capital city.
Lic. Jesús Terán Peredo International Airport
Lic. Jesús Terán Peredo International Airport also known as Aguascalientes International Airport. It handles national and international air traffic of the city of Aguascalientes. The airport was named after Jesús Terán Peredo, an Aguascalientes governor from 1855 to 1857, and one of the first persons to recognize Benito Juárez as Mexico's president.
The airport is at an elevation of 6,112 feet (1,863 m) above mean sea level. It has one active runway designated 17/35 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 45 metres (9,843 ft × 148 ft). A former runway designated 04/22 is now closed; it had an asphalt surface measuring 1,060 by 30 metres (3,478 ft × 98 ft).
The state has a Natural Protected Reserve in the higher mountains called Sierra Fría. Located at a height of 2,500 to 3,000 meters (8,202 to 9,843 ft) above sea level, it comprises oak and pine forests. Its attractions include observing exuberant landscape and wide ravines, in which, there are pumas, lynxes, boar, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, raccoons and many other animals. There are steep-sided cycle paths, camping and picnic areas as well as several hunting clubs.
In the city of Aguascalientes one of the best sunsets in the world can be seen in the Cerro del Muerto; the hill resembles the shape of a man lying down. The city of Aguascalientes is called "el corazón" which means "the heart" of Mexico because it lies in the middle of the country.
Feria Nacional de San Marcos
Feria Nacional de San Marcos is a national fair held in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes every year for three weeks. The exact date of the fair varies every year but is set around April 25, the Feast Day of San Marcos.
It is an important tourist attraction that is heavily associated with bullfighting and cock fighting. It is estimated that seven million people visit the fair every year and as a consequence hotels are usually filled to capacity, however some locals rent out their houses to visitors and go on vacation during this time.
The fair is host to a large range of activities, of which bull and cock fighting are the most popular. Usually a concert is given by a prominent Mexican singer after a series of cockfights; this event tends to draw more attention than the fights themselves.
The state has one football team in the Mexican Premiere League, Club Necaxa, one professional baseball team in the Mexican League. In December 2009, Necaxa was represented on the field and played their final 2009 match within the Mexican First Division League in the 2009 season after losing 1-0 vs Club América.
Aguascalientes hosts the Panteras de Aguascalientes headquarters. This team plays in the Mexican Professional Basketball League. Aguascalientes also has important racetracks for the car and motorbike races at a national and international level. Aguascalientes also hosts the beisbol professional team Rieleros.