Mexcaltitán - Mexico's Riviera Nayarit

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MexcaltitanYou’ve never seen anything like it. Mexcaltitán Island, located northwest of Santiago Ixcuintla, is quite literally a magical place.

Your adventure begins with a boat ride to the island, which some historians consider the birthplace of our Mexican identity as it was from this island that the Mexicas departed on their journey to found Tenochitlán, which eventually became Mexico City, the capital of the country.

Decreed as a Historic Monuments Zone in 1986, Mexicaltitán is also known for its picturesque tile-roofed homes and small, tranquil streets.

During the rainy season the streets of town flood, making travel by boat the only option. For this reason, the island has earned the name “The Mexican Venice.”

The name Mexcaltitán has been interpreted to mean a variety of things: for some, it means “land of herons” while others translate the name as “in the house of the moon.”

Shrimp fishing is the main economic vocation of the island’s inhabitants, who are also known for their unique handicrafts made from mangroves, and barcinas, spheres created with manta cloth and palm leaves and used to preserve dry shrimp.

And in addition to the houses and wide streets, the island is also home to a beautiful church and the El Origen museum, where you can find a variety of archeological pieces from Meso- American cultures. And rest assured: this will be a magical trip, a truly inspiring adventure.

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