After leaving Queretaro, instead of returning to Mexico City, we took the highway the opposite way, heading out further west, towards Celaya, past Salamanca, past Irapuato, past Guanajuato and Silao, where we took the toll road past Lagos de Moreno, and after a four hour ride, we arrived to Aguascalientes. This cities I have just described comprehend an area in Mexico we call "el Bajio". It is the vegetable garden of Mexico. Aguascalientes is at the end of the Bajio trail, and is famous for its fair, "La Feria de Aguascalientes". Aguascalientes is a major zone for chile farming.
We visited Aguascalientes during the 9 days prior to the Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption on August 15th. During the Novenario of Novena, there are constant processions from every parish of the city and the nearby countryside. We saw beautiful native Indian dances in the atrium outside the Cathedral. The people of Aguascalientes are noble in character, friendly and honest hard working. Aguascalientes is a city where traditional values and religion are still very in vogue.