Sierra del Nayar District

The District of "Sierra del Nayar," which is located inland in central Nayarit, is made up of numerous charming towns in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains. These mountain towns offer visitors a unique, authentic experience of Mexico, and each has something special to see or experience. While on vacation in Nayarit Mexico, be sure to take a driving tour of these towns, all of which are within an hour or so driving distance from either San Blas or Rincon de Guayabitos.

El Nayar

Located just North of Tepic (and northeast of San Blas), the rural municipality of El Nayar is sparsely populated. This area is home to the Tepehuan, Huichol and the Cora Indians, none of which actually live in villages. Instead, these Rancherias, as they are known, inhabit the countryside in small groups of up to 12 people. Half of the population here still speak in their indigenous language. Jesus Maria, Mesa del Nayar, Santa Teresa, Huaynamota and Potrero de la Palmita are some of the region's most charismatic towns. Don't miss the Holy Week celebrations.

La Yesca

Located inland east of Tepic in the mountains of Sierra Madre Occidental, La Yesca, which was named after a softwood, has the lowest population density in all of Nayarit, with only 7 people per square kilometer. Yet, it has Nayarit's second largest population of indigenous people (El Nayar has the largest). If you vacation in the area, be sure to visit the municipal seat, Puente de Camotlan, Guadalupe Ocotan, El Roble, and Huajimic with its annual Cheese Fair.

Huajicori

Located about an hour or so north of San Blas and Tepic, the municipal area of Huajicori, which translated literally means "The place with a lot of Peyote," occupies nearly 10% of the state of Nayarit. When visiting the area, take a little time to visit the Virgen de Los Remedios Parish church, the Community Museum, and two archeological zones - La Pila de los Monos and Palo Blanco.

Acaponeta

Located south of Huajicori on the Acaponeta River and just a half an hour east of Playa Novillero, the town of Acaponeta is well established with approximately 35,000 people, which makes it Nayarit's fifth largest community. While in the area, be sure to tour the Casa de la Cultura Ali Chumacero, the Vladimir Cora Home-Museum, the Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion church and the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Guadalupe. You might also enjoy a ride through the town aboard the historic 038 Train.

Rosamorada

Located in the foothills of Sierra Madre Occidental and about an hour southeast of Playa Novillero, Rosamorada (which is named after a Clavellina tree that grows purple flowers) has a population of approximately 32,000. While there, be sure to visit the church in the main square plus Pimientillo where you can take a boat ride through the estuary to Agua Brava Lagoon.

Ruiz

Ruiz is a municipal area just north of Saniago Ixucintla with a large Huichol and Cora indigenous population. While visiting Ruiz you will have the opportunity to shop for traditional arts and crafts items. Also, be sure to take in the Templo de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, the vintage railroad station, the old mining town of Real Mineral del Zopilote and Tenamache swimming spa.

Tuxpan

Located just a half an hour along the coast south of Playa Novillero, the area around Tuxpan is mostly flat agricultural land and home to the largest cooperative in Mexico. While visiting the area, admire the parish church of San Miguel Arcangel, the Community Museum, the river walk, and the Coamiles archeological zone. Take time to feast on pescado zarandeado grilled in local restaurants along the San Pedro river shore.

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