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Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad
Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad
Flag of Irapuato
Official seal of Irapuato
Spanish: Ciudad de las Fresas
(English: City of the strawberries)
Latin: Ad Augusta Per Angusta
(English: To honors through difficulties)
Location of Irapuato in Mexico
Location of Irapuato in Mexico
Coordinates: 20°40′N 101°21′W / 20.667°N 101.350°W / 20.667; -101.350Coordinates: 20°40′N 101°21′W / 20.667°N 101.350°W / 20.667; -101.350
Country Mexico
State Guanajuato
MunicipalityBandera Irapuato.png Irapuato
FoundedFebruary 15, 1547
Founded asCongregación de San Marcos Irapuato
Founded byVasco de Quiroga[1]
 • Municipal PresidentRicardo Ortiz Gutiérrez
 • Total845.16 km2 (326.32 sq mi)
1,724 m (5 676 ft)
 • Total380,941 city; 529,440 municipality
 • Density626.44/km2 (1,622.5/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Irapuatense, Fresero
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time)
ZIP code
36590 - 36899
Area code(s)462
WebsiteOfficial Website of the City of Irapuato
Average temperature 19°C

Irapuato is a Mexican town (and municipality) located at the foot of the Arandas Hill (in Spanish: Cerro de Arandas), in the central region of the state of Guanajuato. It lies between the Silao River and the Guanajuato River, a tributary of the Lerma River, at 1,724 m (5,656 ft) above sea level, it is located at 20°40′N 101°21′W / 20.667°N 101.350°W / 20.667; -101.350. The city is the second-largest in the state (only behind León), with a population of 342,561 according to the 2005 census, while its municipality has a population of 529,440;[2] the municipality has an area of 845.16 km² (326.32 sq mi) and includes numerous smaller outlying communities. The city's main industry is agriculture and it is famous for its strawberries and the raising of pigs and cattle; the fruits and flowers of Irapuato's luxurious gardens are well known throughout Mexico.[3]

Plaza de Los Fundadores


Tercera Orden's Church, circa 1907. Photo courtesy SMU

Prehispanic era[edit]

In the pre-Hispanic era, the site was inhabited by the Chichimecas (c. 1200 AD), a group of semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers. Later on, the Purépechas conquered the region and initiated the establishment of a permanent settlement, they constructed buildings in the Purépecha architectural style, produced pottery, and practiced agriculture. They called the settlement Xiriquitzio (or Iriquitzio), which the Spanish conquerors pronounced "Jiricuato" (or Jiricuicho), which meant "the place with houses (or low dwellings)";[4] the initial growth period, however, was short lived. The downfall of the Purépecha Empire led to the abandonment of the settlement, at which point it was once again inhabited by the Chichimecas.


In the 16th century, vasts amounts of silver ore were discovered at the present day site of the capital city of Guanajuato; this discovery led to a massive migration of Spanish settlers to the area.[5]


It has a temperate climate 19°C (67°F) with rains in summer at an altitude above sea level 1724 meters (5676 ft)

Climate data for Irapuato
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 31.0
Average high °C (°F) 24.4
Daily mean °C (°F) 15.2
Average low °C (°F) 6.0
Record low °C (°F) −3.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 11.5
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 1.6 1.2 1.1 2.0 4.8 10.8 15.3 14.1 10.1 4.3 1.5 1.8 68.6
Source: Servicio Meteorologico Nacional[6]



Irapuato is a 2 or 3 hour flight from cities including Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, among others. Located just 25 minutes from the city of Irapuato the Del Bajío International Airport (its correct name is Aeropuerto Internacional de Guanajuato (Guanajuato International Airport)) (IATA: BJX) is an international airport located in Silao, Guanajuato, close to Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, it handles national and international air traffic of the area that includes the city of León, the city of Irapuato, and the state capital, Guanajuato. Guanajuato International Airport is an important connecting point for some flights from Mexico City to the United States.

Major highways[edit]

Major highways in Irapuato and their starting and ending points:


  • Popular Commerce Square (In Spanish: Plaza del Comercio Popular) It is an outlet in Irapuato, Mexico. It's located in Martiniano Arredondo, Barrio de San José, 36500 Irapuato, Gto, it is an average mexican market but it's the biggest in Irapuato. A lot of people go there in their everyday life to buy diverses things, like electronic devices, clothes, food, etc.
  • Irekua Park (In Spanish: parque de las familias) It was created by the Mexican government. It has a 2km corridor, basketball and volleyball courts, space for soccer players, a climbing wall, skating rink, and an over 250 meters zip line and an outdoor gym. You can also take your dog with your leash, your dog also has to be healthy and make sure it is not agressive with people or other dogs, and also you must clean up after your pets.
  • Fountain of Dancing Water (in Spanish: Fuente de Aguas Danzarinas): The fountain, which was inaugurated on December 21, 2004, stands in the central plaza of Irapuato. Every night there is a light, music and water show; the fountain is lit up in a rainbow of colors, and the jets provide a choreographed show accompanied by music.[7]
  • Irapuato Zoo (in Spanish: Parque Zoológico de Irapuato): The Irapuato Zoo, which is located on the outskirts of the city, is home to 103 mammals, 271 birds, and various species of fish.[8] The zoo was established in 1992 by engineer Emilio Tome Elias and architect Vicente Cázares Rodriguez, with the support of the then state governor, Carlos Medina Placencia.[9]
  • Plaza Cibeles Mall (in Spanish: Plaza Cibeles): This is the newest and largest mall in the city of Irapuato. The mall contains many stores such as the Liverpool chain, and a Cinépolis movie theatre; the mall was named after the Plaza de Cibeles, a famous square in Madrid, Spain, which features a sculpture and fountain that have been adopted as a symbol for the city of Madrid.
  • John Paul II Monument (in Spanish: Monumento al papa Juan Pablo II): Bronze statue of Pope John Paul II, located in the Miguel Hidalgo square next to the Irapuato Cathedral. The statue was made out of keys that were donated by all of the people of Irapuato; the bronze sculpture has a steel skeleton and has a weight of 300 kg (661 lbs). It was unveiled on February 15, 2006.[10]
  • Irapuato Cathedral (in Spanish: Catedral de Irapuato): The cathedral was built in the 16th century in the baroque style. The outside facade is also baroque; the interior is in the neoclassical architectural style. The cathedral is laid out in the traditional Latin Cross style.[11]
  • Miguel Hidalgo Square (in Spanish: Plazuela Miguel Hidalgo): A large public square in the historical center of Irapuato. The square contains the Fountain of Dancing Water as well as the Irapuato Cathedral; the square is named after Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the father of the Mexican Independence movement.
  • Little Hospital Church (in Spanish: Templo del Hospitalito): This was the first church built in lrapuato. The interior was completed in 1713 and the facade in 1733, it is baroque in style and dedicated to the Lady of Mercy (in Spanish: Señora de la Misericordia). The church is built in the traditional Latin Cross style; the main altars contain images made from corn paste. The church was originally built as a chapel for the Indians' Hospital (in Spanish: Hospital de Indios), which was built two centuries earlier by Vasco de Quiroga in 1550.[12]

Dolphin (or Florentine) Fountain (in Spanish: Fuente de los delfines (o Florentina)): In 1864, Maximilian I of Mexico donated three bronze Florentine fountains to the state of Guanajuato. These fountains are located in lrapuato,[clarification needed] Léon, and the city of Guanajuato.[13][14][edit]

  • Sergio Leon Chávez Stadium (in Spanish: Estadio Sergio Leon Chávez): Current home of Irapuato FC. It was one of the stadiums used in the 1986 FIFA World Cup,[15] it has a maximum capacity of 32,000 spectators.
  • Sun Clock (in Spanish: Reloj del Sol): The clock is over a century old and it is located in the Juan Alvarez Square. The clock is elevated on a pedestal and column.[16]
  • Canyon of the Bats (in Spanish: Cañon de los Murciélagos): It is located outside the city of Irapuato in the Sierra de Pénjamo. It is home to thousands of bats, but it is open to the public for hiking and other activities; the terrain is rugged and depending on elevation, vegetation varies from low evergreen rainforest to rainforest that loses its leaves each year. The area also contains waterfalls and natural pools.[17]



This is the symbol of the city there are many dishes you can do with it like cheese cake for example, but the most important are strawberries with cream and sugar.

Pastor Tacos[edit]

This is a meat thar is prepared with spices, is put in a tortilla with onion and cilantro covered by a sauce that can be red , avocado sauce or habanero sauce.

Enchiladas Mineras[edit]

This a tortilla with cheese covered by a sauce wtih potatoes and carrots.


The city of Irapuato is home to some private universities, and a single public university:

The city is home to a research center of the Center for Advanced Research and Studies (CINVESTAV)specialized in plant biotechnology and genetics and the newly created National Center of Plant Genomics.

Some of the private universities include:

  • The Irapuato campus of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), (also popularly known as el Tec de Monterrey or simply as el Tec).
  • The Irapuato Institute (Instituto Irapuato)
  • The Irapuato campus of the Quetzalcoatl University (UQI)
  • There is also a branch of the University of León (UDL) (Universidad de Léon).
  • Liceo Cervantino University (Universidad Liceo Cervantino) (ULC)
  • There is a branch of Boston Academy from León, Guanajuato: A Language Academy which offers students the opportunity to become fluent in a second language through immersion in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English, Japanese, German and Italian
    • English Courses:
      • General English designed to adults
      • Business
      • Kids designed to students from 7 to 11 years old
      • Teens designed to students 11 to 15 years old
      • Teachers' Diploma designed to professionists
      • Summer Course (available in July and August)
      • TOEFL Preparation and Certification


The local football team is Irapuato FC.

Stadiums and Arenas[edit]

Notable people[edit]


Mural depicting Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and the Mexican Independence movement.
Hospitalito Church
Mural depicting Irapuato's Purépecha and Spanish history
Aguas Danzarinas Fountain
Irapuato's Hidalgo Garden
Templo de la Soledad

Sister cities[edit]


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  2. ^ "2005 Census". INEGI: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática. Archived from the original on 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-03-22.
  3. ^ "Irapuato". Questia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  4. ^ "Irapuato History". Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  5. ^ "Historia de la Conquista". Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  6. ^ NORMALES CLIMATOLÓGICAS 1971-2000 Archived 2010-11-08 at the Wayback Machine, National Meteorological Service of Mexico. Retrieved August 4, 2012 .
  7. ^ "Fuentes Danzarinas". Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  8. ^ "Parque Zoologico de Irapuato". Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  9. ^ "Quienes Somos". Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  10. ^ "Lugares Turisticos". Retrieved 2007-03-22.
  11. ^ "Catedral de Irapuato". Retrieved 2007-03-22.
  12. ^ "Hospitalito Church". Tour By Mexico. Retrieved 2007-03-24.
  13. ^ "Fuente de los Delfines". Retrieved 2007-03-22.
  14. ^ "Dolphin Fountain". Tour By Mexico. Retrieved 2007-03-24.
  15. ^ "Estadio Sergio Leon Chávez". Retrieved 2007-03-22.
  16. ^ "Reloj del Sol". Retrieved 2007-03-22.
  17. ^ Quintanar Hinajosa, Beatriz, ed. (August 2010). "Guanajuato". Mexico Desconocido (Descubre Guanajuato Ruta de la Independencia Guia Especial) (in Spanish). Mexico City: Impresiones Aereas SA de CV: 18. ISSN 1870-9397.

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