Mexcaltitlan is a unique place, since in its small area holds a well-developed urban area with streets that became navigable canal during rainy season, a central plaza, a church and an interesting museum.
The name of this island means “in the house of the Moon” and is due to its round shape. This mythical place is considered the “cradle of Mexican identity”; the ancient Aztlan from where the Mexica or Aztec people set out to trek to central Mexico, where they founded the city of Tenochtitlan.
Mexcaltitan Island is also known as the “Venice of Mexico”, since the lake overflows in the rainy season, flooding the town so that residents must use canoes to go through the streets. The island is known for its traditional buildings and the unique shape of the town in an oval 1,150 feet across. It was declared a Historic Monument Zone in 1986.
The public square is in the center of the town, and on one side of the square is the island’s museum and the church of San Pedro and San Pablo, patron saints of the Mexcaltecos.
If you would like to visit more indigenous villages or enjoy rural tourism, the municipalities of Ruiz, Huajicori and La Yesca are good places to explore Nayarit’s customs and traditions.