Riviera Nayarit’s Mexcaltitán Recognized as one of Mexico’s “Magic Towns”
RIVIERA NAYARIT, NAYARIT, MEXICO (October 2020) – Riviera Nayarit’s Mexcaltitán recently became one of Mexico’s “Magic Towns”, an acknowledgement established by the Mexican Secretary of Tourism to honor beautiful Mexican villages that have excellently preserved their cultural and historic richness.
Below are five fun facts travelers should know about this mysterious micro-destination:
- Located a short boat ride away from Riviera Nayarit, the small island has earned global recognition as the “Mexican Venice” thanks to the many canals that crisscross through it. Mexcaltitán features high sidewalks that allow pedestrians to navigate the island even during times of high-water levels which can flood the streets of the island.
- Visitors will find no cars in Mexcaltitán. A canoe ride around the charming island takes about 30 minutes and provides numerous photo opportunities as well as many surprises including a close-up view of the island’s only soccer pitch—in the middle of a lake.
- Travelers visiting here will be enchanted by thousands of colorful Mexican houses and local restaurants offering fresh seafood such as shrimp ceviche or tlaxtihuil (a traditional corn-based shrimp chowder) with the ingredients caught right outside their very doors.
- The magical town also immerses visitors in the history of ancient Mexico. The island is deep-rooted in ancient Aztec history and many historians believe that this island is the birthplace of modern-day Mexico.
- Years ago, Mexcaltitán served as the blueprint for Tenochtitlán (Mexico City) as is evidenced by the narrow streets and ability for the city to function under rising water levels.
This recognition marks the second town in the region of Riviera Nayarit to be named a “Magic Town”, and the fourth town in the state of Nayarit.
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About Riviera Nayarit
Renowned for its eclectic charm, luxurious hospitality and authentic appeal, Riviera Nayarit has earned global recognition as the Pacific Coast’s treasure destination. Situated within Mexican state Nayarit, the region offers 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline, the wondrous Sierra Madre Mountains, the spectacular Banderas Bay and endless protected natural marvels. Riviera Nayarit is home to resort town Nuevo Vallarta, historic village San Blas, exclusive celebrity haven Punta de Mita, “boho-chic” surf mecca Sayulita and a variety of picturesque fishing villages. Activities abound from world-class golf courses, zip lining, diving and surfing to bird watching, whale watching and turtle release programs. Accommodations range from luxury branded resort destinations and family friendly all-inclusives to intimate boutique properties and everything in between. A further testament to the destination’s hospitality offerings, Riviera Nayarit boasts four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 12 AAA Four Diamond hotels and 10 AAA Three Diamond hotels. Rounding out the destination’s allure, superior quality international gastronomy awaits including a AAA Five Diamond restaurant, seven AAA Four Diamond restaurants and 21 AAA Three Diamond restaurants. Riviera Nayarit is conveniently 10 minutes north of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR).
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