Historical Nayarit District

The cultural legacy of the state of Nayarit can be seen in many of the smaller towns and Pueblos of the interior, including in the many museums and historical archeological sites, plus the local architecture and authentic Mexican traditions of the indigenous Mexican people. When you book your vacation in Riviera Nayarit, be sure to visit any of the following:


If you get a chance to visit Tepic, Riviera Nayarit's state capital, it's not uncommon to see indigenous Mexican Huichol people dressed in their traditional colorful attire. Tepic is located just a short drive inland from San Blas. Be sure check out a few of the Tepic's popular tourist attractions including:


Plaza de Armas
Emilia Ortiz Center of Fine Arts
Juan Escutia Museum 
Regional Museum of Anthropology and History
Amado Nervo Home-Museum 
State Center for Indigenous Cultures
Interactive Museum of Science and Innovation

For more information about Colonial Nayarit, please visit the Tepic's Visitors and Conventions Bureau: 


Located just north of Tepic is Bellavista Nayarit, which is home to a beautiful Masonic temple, which was built (but never completed) back in 1872. It is also home to the former textile factory called Bellavista Fabrica de Hilados y Tejidos. This small community is well worth the visit since the literal translation of the name Bellavista is "Beautiful Landscape."


Located just south of the capital city of Tepic is Xalisco Nayarit, home to a museum that houses many pre-Columbian relics. Here, you can also stroll through the Plaza Miguel Hidalgo and explore the market, or visit the Museo Comunitario. Every year on August 15th, Xalisco celebrates the Asunción de la Virgen María festival, which is also recognized as the corn fair or "La Feria del Elote."


Take the highway from Rincon de Guayabitos, pass through Chacala, and then travel inland for about an hour and you'll come to Jala, Nayarit, which is a small town just north of Ixtlan del Rio. Translated, Jala simply means "place of abundant sand." In this designated Magic Pueblo, visit the Basilica Lateranense and explore the Ceboruco Volcano. From August 1 to 15, come to the Corn Fair and the festivities for Jala's patron saint.

Ixtlan del Rio

While in Ixtlan del Rio, take some time to visit the Templo de Santiago Apostol, plus Casa de la Cultura, the Anthropology Museum (and Regional Museum), Cristo Rey Mountain, and the Toltec Los Toriles archeological site, J Amatlan de Cañas. Ixtlan del Rio is located along the Mexico-Nogales Highway, just 149 km (93 miles) from Tepic. Be sure to see the Jesus Nazareno and San Juan Bautista churches, and enjoy El Manto, a popular swimming spa.


Located just west of Ixtlan del Rio is Ahuacatlan, the "place where they grow a lot of avocado." Here you can visit the churches of San Francisco de Asis and the Inmaculada Concepcion, plus the Presidencia Municipal, the Casa de la Cultura, and refreshing local swimming spas.

Vacation in Historical Nayarit District Mexico

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