Nayarit: Emerging Tourist Hub Thrives on Sports and Nature
Published byon October 14, 2023
Nayarit, the picturesque Mexican state nestled along the Pacific coast, is rapidly gaining recognition as a top tourist destination, celebrated for its captivating blend of nature, culture, and gastronomy. Secretary of Tourism (Sectur), Miguel Torruco Marqués, recently unveiled an array of sporting and natural events that firmly position Nayarit as the preferred choice for travelers, both domestic and international.
Isla Marías Half Marathon: A Journey through Nature and History
One of the most noteworthy highlights is the inaugural Isla Marías Half Marathon, set to take place on Isla María Madre in collaboration with the Secretary of the Navy, the Nayarit Government, and Turimar-Islas Marías. This event promises a breathtaking 21-kilometer route through the most scenic corners of María Madre Island, a natural wonder within the Biosphere Reserve that seamlessly blends history and nature. Adding a dash of prestige to the event is the participation of the renowned Mexican marathoner, Germán Silva, a two-time New York Marathon champion and a sixth-place finisher at the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics.
Adventurous Skydiving and Paragliding in Nayarit
Nayarit offers a fusion of adrenaline and natural splendor with the second edition of “Nayarit from the Sky.” Scheduled for November 18 to 20, this event features acrobatic skydiving over the waters of Mexcaltitán, San Blas, and Islas Marías, drawing some of the world’s finest athletes in this discipline. Additionally, from November 17 to 20, the first edition of “Vuela Nayarit” will mesmerize spectators with a paragliding free flight exhibition featuring two take-off locations, one in the charming town of San Blas and another atop the Ceboruco volcano in Pull.
21 Kilometers Riviera Nayarit: Racing through Nature in Bahía de Banderas
On December 9, in the Bahía de Banderas hotel zone, the inaugural “21 Kilometers Riviera Nayarit” will unfold, offering athletic competitions in 5, 10, and 21-kilometer categories. This event marries the thrill of sports with Nayarit’s breathtaking natural settings.
Surfea Nayarit: An International Surfing Extravaganza on Paradise Beaches
July 2024 is set to witness the debut of “Surfea Nayarit,” an international surfing event that will cast the spotlight on Nayarit’s idyllic beaches as a world-class paradise for surf enthusiasts.
A Boost for Tourism and Local Prosperity
These events not only serve as a catalyst for tourism in Nayarit but also invigorate the local economy by creating income and employment opportunities within the communities. The joint strategy of Sectur and the Government of Nayarit aims to diversify the tourism landscape in the region while showcasing the state’s natural treasures. Alongside these sporting spectacles, Nayarit has experienced a surge in foreign direct investment in tourism and has become a part of the Sea of Cortez Alliance, fostering tourism activities guided by principles of sustainability, competitiveness, and inclusivity.
With ongoing infrastructure projects, such as the Tepic-Compostela-Las Varas highway and the expansion of the Tepic International Airport, the surge in tourist arrivals to Nayarit is expected to continue.
Nayarit is on track to conclude the year with an estimated economic impact of $31 billion, surpassing 2019 figures by 26%. As tourism flourishes, the combination of exhilarating sports events and Nayarit’s natural allure positions it as a world-class destination for travelers.
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