San Pancho History
The first inhabitants in the area of San Pancho Mexico, where the Southern Sierra Madre begins, were indigenous tribes pertaining to the Tatuan de Nayares group.
In 1524 Don Francisco Cortés de Buenaventura named the area Azapan. The Spanish eventually christened the town San Francisco de Azapan and made it a part of the Jaltemba Hacienda, which produced coconut oil.
In 1936, the Sayulita common lands, which San Pancho belongs to, were formed. This establishment, in a way, created the community spirit that characterizes this destination. It is precisely the social advocacy of its inhabitants, plus their work in conjunction with educational projects, environmental issues, and the promotion of the arts that has spurred the positive growth and development of San Francisco Mexico.
Celebrating the Huichol Community
“Another interesting thing about San Pancho is the Huichol community, which has a strong presence here; they live here, they share their daily lives here,” adds Kohl.
Also known as the bridge for contemporary art, the Haus der Kunst has discovered an interesting market of art collectors in San Pancho; “We have internationalized ourselves more than ever” concludes Kohl, from the tranquility of his new residence.
San Francisco Mexico is well worth the visit the next time you vacation in Riviera Nayarit!
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