Explore the mighty Nayar Mountain Range in Nayarit

A magnificent region that is encircled on all sides by significant mountain ranges is known as the Sierra de Nayar. Let's find out more about it.

Explore the mighty Nayar Mountain Range in Nayarit
One of the beautiful corners of Nayarit, leaving aside its beautiful beaches, is La Sierra Del Nayar. Credit: Municipality of Nayar

It is where the indigenous groups such as Coras, the Huicholes, the Tepehuanos, and the Mexicaneros, who have kept their traditions and customs from their ancestors, settled. There are many places where you can buy beautiful handicrafts. Native businesses run by the community offer services to tourists in the area.


It is the gateway to the mountains of Sierra del Nayar. It is called the "Athens of Nayarit" because of its cultural tradition, although it is also known as the "City of Gardenias" since due to its privileged location along the river of the same name, flowers abound.

It has an attractive museum of the plastic artist Vladimir Cora and the important Casa de la Cultura Alí Chumacero, which exhibits archaeological pieces, paintings, and sculptures and is housed in a beautiful 19th-century building.

The church of Our Lady of the Assumption of plateresque style, built in the sixteenth century, the Municipal Palace of the early twentieth century, and the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe stand out. You can take a ride in the city aboard Train 038.


It has a large area of marshes where you can go for a nice walk. In Pimientillo, you can visit the Agua Brava Lagoon, where you can see a lot of different kinds of birds. Don't pass up the chance to try a delicious dish made with fresh shrimp from the estuary.


The Temple of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the old Railroad Station, which was built at the start of the 20th century, are two things that stand out. During the rainy season, you can go to places like El Salto, El Malpaso, El Tenamache, and El Pozolillo to swim in natural pools. You can also go to places like Real Mineral del Zopilote, which are old mining towns.


On one side of the San Pedro River, there is a beautiful boardwalk. The San Miguel Arcangel Parish Church and the Community Museum also stand out. Fish and seafood are important parts of the famous local cuisine.

The archaeological zone of Coamiles is four kilometers from the municipal capital. It is an old ceremonial center that is full of petroglyphs and has several structures made of stuccoed stones.

Tuxpan has a museum of archeology with interesting pieces that were found in the area. Nature lovers can go to the El Palapar Ecological Reserve, which has lagoons and a complicated maze of mangroves that are home to a lot of different kinds of plants and animals.

El Nayar, La Yesca, Huajicori

El Nayar

Most of the people who live in the municipality are Coras and Huicholes. Holy Week is celebrated in a very unique way here, with a mix of Christian and native rituals. Young people paint their bodies white, black, or with many different colors, and carry masks and wooden sabers. UNESCO says that it is an Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

In the nearby towns of Jesús María, Mesa del Nayar, Santa Teresa de Jesús, Huaynamota, and Potrero de la Palmita, you can buy handicrafts made in the region's traditional style. Mesa del Nayar, which is a Franciscan mission, is also a good place to go.

Kaw mana Kau Ethnotourism Group is a Wixárika community that works to preserve the Wixárika Huichol culture and serves food made from traditional recipes. It also has a small handicrafts market and community museums where you can learn about the oldest parts of this culture.

There are ecological walks that take you through the trails of Zapote de Picachos and teach you about the plants and animals there. You can take a boat tour of the Aguamilpa dam and rest in the camping areas.

The Tawexikta Ethnotourism Group "Place of the Sun" is another Wixárika project. It has 4 eco-friendly cabins and a restaurant that serves traditional food from the area. It has tours to look at plants and animals as well as a craft center where Wixárika crafts are made and sold.

La Yesca

It is made up of only mountains, and the same-named town has a feel of European landscapes thanks to a church from the eighteenth century. Ecotourism is a great way to enjoy the wooded areas around the town. Nearby is Huajimic, where you can buy a fresh cheese that is unique to the state and tastes great.


Here, people from the Tepehuanes and Mexicaneras groups live. The only building in Nayarit with a baroque style is the church of Huajicori. A group of rock carvings called the Pila de los Monos can be found in the town of El Faizán.