World capital of guava

This Magical Town of Aguascalientes welcomes you with a real treat: the unmistakable and exquisite aroma of one of its most precious treasures, the guava.

Located just 44 kilometers from the city of Aguascalientes, Calvillo is a pioneer in the cultivation of guava in Mexico and is currently one of its main producers. Ates, cajetas, jams, sweets, juices, baskets and boxes of fresh fruit are exhibited tempting along the roadside in stores, stalls, warehouses and packing houses.

Of course, the geographical advantage has not been used only to become the Guava World Capital, also for the construction of beautiful architectural and infrastructure works to benefit its urban environment.

Its foundation dates back to 1771, when Don José Calvillo donated the land necessary to create the town of Huejúcar Valley, which means "place of willows". Due to its prosperity and rapid population growth, in 1848 the town is elevated to the category of Villa. Also, the occasion was used to change the name to Calvillo, thus honoring its founder and benefactor.

The most important religious site is the Parroquia del Señor del Salitre, patron saint of the town, "very miraculous", say the Calvillenses. Inevitable visit, because the building is as beautiful as it is monumental, since it has the largest dome in Latin America.

This Magic Town has several buildings listed as historical heritage, among which are: the House of Culture, built with pink quarry and the Municipal Palace; where you can learn the history of Calvillo through the magnificent murals that line its interior.

Another recommendable place for your visit is El Parián, built in 1825 and that currently concentrates a lot of the commercial activity of the historic center. There you can buy typical crafts of the region and of course, products derived from the guava.

To enjoy the traditions and festivals of the Calvillenses, there are the Guava Fair and the Guadalupan festivities that are celebrated in December; while the main party, in honor of the Señor del Salitre, takes place in May.

Calvillo captivates with its aromas and seductive sights, trapping our senses and reminding us at every step how good and rich life can be.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Main Square It dates from 1778.
  • Temple of the Señor del Salitre With an extensive collection of viceregal art.
  • Tunnels of the 18th century That are under the temple of Our Lady of Bethlehem.
  • Malpaso Dam Where you can admire incredible landscapes in addition to take a boat ride.
  • Temple of Guadalupe It dates from 1945 and is located at the foot of the hill. The main altarpiece shows an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the center.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Puente del Trigo In it there is a restaurant with greenhouse, kayaks and cabins to stay.
  • Festivities of Nuestra Señora del Refugio You can see processions, a fair and fireworks.
  • Guava Fair This place is famous for its guavas, the fair takes place on December 9. Don't miss the chance to taste even one.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Birria made with mutton.
  • Fish en papillote
  • Tostadas with octopus or shrimps.
  • Guava sweets (guayabete, charrascas) and the fruit itself.
  • Quince liqueur
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • Don José Calvillo, owner of the Hacienda San Nicolás, donated a part of his land for the foundation of the town, and hence its current name.
  • Calvillo was raised to Villa in 1848.

Popular Craft

  • Unraveled and embroidered As blouses, draws, rebozos (shaws) and dresses.
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