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The cultural legacy can be seen in the architecture, museums and traditions. The first colonial towns were established in the valleys between the mountain ranges and the coast of Nayarit. And in many of these towns magnificent estates and impressive churches were built. The inhabitants of these cities are naturally excellent hosts, and you can enjoy of this warm, relaxing atmosphere in the old houses converted to a comfortable hotels.

Tepic was founded in 1531 by Nuño de Beltrán as Santiago de Galicia de Compostela, the capital of the Kingdom of New Galicia (a territory comprised of the states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, Aguascalientes, Durango, Sinaloa and San Luis Potosí).
Tepic combines its modern buildings and services with a rich historical legacy. In this city, you can delve into Nayarit’s fascinating culture thanks to its many museums, historic buildings and variety of traditions.

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Tourist Attractions in TEPIC

Main Plaza of Tepic
Main Plaza of Tepic

The best way to begin your tour of the capital of Nayarit is in the downtown, starting with the nice Plaza de Armas. Walk around a bit and admire the Neo-Gothic Purísima Concepción Cathedral, majestic building with it’s twin 40-meter high towers, built between 1804 and 1896. You will also find the Cruz del Zacate Temple; the Former Franciscan convent where Junipero Serra lived before his journey to Alta California; and the Government Palace constructed in the 19th century and housing murals of José Luis Soto.

You can continue your visit to Tepic by exploring the museums like: the Regional Museum of Nayarit where you will find numerous pieces from the original cultural groups that inhabited the western region of the state and works of the most outstanding artists of Nayarit.

The Juan Escutida House-Museum located in a building from the 18th century, birthplace of the national hero, exhibits guns, paintings, uniforms, flags and other objects of different battalions of Mexico.

The Amado Nervo House-Museum, construction of the 19th century where this renowned poet was born and which now houses documents, photographs and personal objects, and furniture from this acclaimed writer known as the First Poet of America. The Cinco Pueblos Museum showcases handicrafts, traditions and cultural manifestations of ethnic groups such as the Huichol, Cora, Tepehuan and Mexicanero communities; it also exhibits arrows, gourds, hats and traditional clothing.

The Emila Ortiz Museum, features a variety of visual art collections of various disciplines such as painting, photography, engraving and sculpture. The Interactive Museum of Science & Innovation Nayarit, a museum with an educative focus were people can experience science, technology and innovation through inumerous interactive devices.

Ex-Hacienda San Cayetano
Ex-Hacienda San Cayetano

You can also visit the former Haciendas like: San Cayetano built in the early 18 th century, it was one of the most important in the region. The Bellavista textile factory, a historical treasure that dates back to the 19 th century and is located seven kilometers (four miles) from Tepic. The Hacienda de Puga where was founded one of the most modern sugar mills of the 19th century. The Hacienda de Mora, built in the 17th century with a quarry façade with arches surrounded by courtyards and gardens.

Also be sure to visit the Ecological Park, a green escape where you will find playground equipment for the youngsters and a small zoo.

All the Beaches of Nayarit are just 90 minutes away or less from Tepic.

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