Authentic cultural heritage combined with a dynamic contemporary art scene through a combination of traditional Huichol art, Mexican handicraft artisans and more.
Nayarit's cultural heritage encompasses four separate ethnic groups: Huicholes, Coras, Tepehuanos, and Mexicaneros. This heritage has led to a destination rich in traditional culinary traditions reflected in a wide variety of restaurants as well as popular cultural events and festivals, folklore and, of special importance to visitors, excellent shopping for traditional handicrafts and art.
Riviera Nayarit offers an authentic cultural heritage combined with a dynamic contemporary art scene through a combination of traditional Huichol art, Mexican handicraft artisans and the contemporary work of many Mexican and international artists drawn to the area. Visitors can find artwork in galleries, boutiques and open air markets.
Huichol Indian Encounter
The Huichol Indians of Riviera Nayarit are an indigenous ethnic group living high in the Sierra Madre Mountains who escaped the conquest of the Spaniards and being changed by Mexican culture.
They are one of the last tribes of people in North America who still live much like they did in pre-Colombian times, still maintaining their same rituals and beliefs. They refer to themselves as "Wixáritari" which means, "the people", in their native Huichol language.
They consider themselves "mirrors of the Gods", striving to reflect a physically and spiritually sacred vision of the world. They are a unique, mystical, spiritual people whose culture and artwork provide a fascinating educational cultural encounter while visiting Riviera Nayarit.
A full day excursion into the Sierra Madre to experience the wonders of the Huichol Indian Culture and the beauty of Riviera Nayarit and the beauty that surrounds them are in store for visitors who embark on this trip.
You'll head north into Nayarit stopping in the authentic fishing village of Rincon de Guayabitos before climbing 3,000 feet into the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains.
Passing the historic, majestic city of Compostela and the Puga sugar factory, you'll arrive at Nueva Valey, the small Huichol Indian village, population 130 natives! Or at 79 miles north east of the state capital, Tepic, reaching the Agua Milpa dam and a 20 minute ride will take you to the Huichol community of Potrero de la Palmita."
Here you will visit their temple, learn about their culture have first hand experiences their costumes, music and dance. You will be allowed to take "priceless photographs" and purchase their authentic beaded artwork and handicrafts. This is a cultural experience visitors will never forget!