Known as the World Capital of Leather and Footwear, León de los Aldama is a dynamic city that combines tradition with modernity and dynamism. It is recognized for having the best network of biking lanes in the world. In 2012 it was named City Water Champion because of its technological advances in sanitation and wastewater use as a source of energy.

León, GTO

State: Guanajuato

21°07'11"N 101°40'50"W

Altitude: 1804 meters above sea level


Time Zone: Central Standard Time UTC-6

Population: 1,436,480 inhabitants (INEGI, 2010)

Area Code: 477

The city of León occupies an important place in the state and national economy, as it is considered the social, commercial, and service capital of Guanajuato. Characterized by its important industrial and commercial development, it is renowned for its production of leather accessories and shoes that can be purchased in shops in the famous Zona Piel and in various plazas.

And when it comes to architecture, the city of Leon proudly preserves its beautiful and majestic buildings considered historic landmarks like the Expiatory Temple and its catacombs, the Triumphal Arch of the Causeway of Heroes, the Cathedral Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Luz as well as the modern ones like "Teatro del Bicentenario" Theater of the Bicentennial and Guanajuato Cultural Forum, monuments of the state and country, the Poliforum Leon, convention centers and exhibitions, and the Parque Explora Science Museum.

Throughout the year the city of León is host to many important cultural and entertainment events such as the International Balloon Festival and the International Cervantes Festival which are held during the months of October and November.

Perfectly planned, the city of León offers visitors a first class hotel infrastructure either for leisure or business, has a number of excellent restaurants, bars and nightclubs, and is equipped with modern conference centers, theaters, auditoriums, museums, plazas, and shopping malls.

Getting There

The city of Leon is bordered by San Felipe to the north, Guanajuato and Silao in the east. Silao, Romita, and San Francisco del Rincón to the south; Purisima del Rincon and Jalisco to the west.

León is connected to the rest of the country by the highways Carretera Federal 45D and Estatal 87.

You can reach this destination by air, thanks to the Bajio International Airport located on Carretera Silao-Leon Road Km 5.5.

Distances from León de los Aldama to other destinations in Mexico

  • Guanajuato, Guanajuato: 76 km.
  • Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes: 118 km.
  • San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato: 151 km.
  • Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro: 178 km.
  • Morelia, Michoacán: 201 km.
  • Guadalajara, Jalisco: 220 km.
  • Mexico City, Federal District: 388 km.
  • Colima, Colima: 413 km.
  • Cuernavaca, Morelos: 468 km.
  • Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla: 503 km.
  • Monterrey, Nuevo Leon: 697 km.


León de los Aldama enjoys a mild climate all year round with an average temperature of 19 ° C with a maximum temperature of 35 ° C and a minimum of 0 ° C.

What to Pack

In the winter it is necessary to pack a coat, boots, hat, gloves, and pants.

For the rest of the year you can dress comfortably and bring a light sweater for the evenings.

Tourist Attractions in the City of León de los Aldama

Historical Center Pedestrian Zone, Roadway of the Heroes, Triumphal Arch of the Avenue of the Heroes.

Cathedral Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Luz, Expiatory Temple, Temple of the Inmaculado, Temple of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Oratory of San Felipe Neri, Temples and Gardens of San Juan de Dios, Calvary Temple.

Teatro del Bicentenario, Guanajuato Forum Cultural, Teatro Manuel Bending, Poliforum Leon (convention and exhibition center).

City Museum, Museum of Sacred Art, Explora Museum of Science, bullfighting ring "Plaza de Toros La Luz Stadium", Metropolitan Park, Leon Zoo, Los Cárcamos Garden, León Autodrome.

Shopping and entertainment in: 
Plaza Calzar y Vestir, Plaza Leon, Plaza Mayor, Plaza Piel, Plaza del Zapato, Plaza Vennezia, Zona Piel, Mulza Shoe Outlet, malls, bars, clubs.

Feast and Festivals

January 12: Feast of los Inditos in the Guadalupe Shrine.
January 20: Festival of the Founding of the City.
February: Pilgrimage to San Juan de los Lagos.
February: Leon State Fair.
March: FIA World Rally Championship.
May: Celebration in honor of the Madre Santísima de la Luz.
May 8: Birth of Miguel Hidalgo.
August-September: International Festival of Contemporary Art .
September 15 and 16: Mexican Independence Day, Battle of the Flowers.
October: Columbus Pilgrimage, celebrating Hispanic Heritage.
October: Motofiesta.
October: Artists of the Cervantes Festival present in the city.
Oct. 31, November1 and 2: Day of the Dead Celebration.
October 19 to November 3: Alfeñique Fair.
November 2: Day of the Dead.
November: International Balloon Festival.
December: Paella Festival.