What to see in Ahuatlán, Ixtlán del Río, and Amatlán de Cañas

Acquaint yourself with the Mexican states of Nayarit's Ahuatlán, Ixtlán del Rio, and Amatlán de Cañas.

What to see in Ahuatlán, Ixtlán del Río, and Amatlán de Cañas
Visit Ixtlán del Río in Nayarit. Credit: INAH

Learn more about the Mexican state of Nayarit by familiarizing yourself with the towns of Ahuatlán, Ixtlán del Ró, and Amatlán de Cañas.


Mango jam is one of the things that Ahuacatlán is known for. In its Historic Center, you can feel the calmness that is typical of Mexican provinces. You can go to the churches of San Francisco de Asis and the Immaculate Conception, as well as the House of Culture and the Municipal Presidency. Because the weather is so nice, it has several beaches, such as Acatique, Las Tinajas, and Cueva del Jaguar.

Amatlán de Cañas

In this town, life moves slowly because time has stopped. Amatlán is in a valley surrounded by high peaks and deep canyons that make the area's natural beauty unique. You can go to the temples of San Juan Bautista and Jesus Nazareno. The hot springs are its main draw. El Manto has three beautiful waterfalls and natural pools with running water.

Ixtlán del Río

It has all the services of a city and the traditions and routines of a small town. Walking around Ixtlan del Rio is the best way to see all of its corners and old buildings, like the Church of San Juan Apostle and the Museum of Regional Anthropology, which is part of the Municipal Presidency.

In the town, iced drinks and ice cream are a tradition, but you can also buy traditional sweets from a cart in front of the gates every afternoon. These sweets have been made by the same family for many decades. 9 km away is the archaeological site of Los Toriles.

This important indigenous settlement is a great example of the architecture and culture of the Postclassic period. It has 93 mounds now, but the round building that is a symbol of the area and is called "Ehécatl-Quetzalcóatl" stands out.