Jala, birthplace of corn and jewel of the colonial Nayarit

Jala , Nayarit

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The pre-Hispanic influence of the unique Pueblo Mágico (Magic Town) of Nayarit is present in its name.


WALK THE COLONIAL HISTORIC CENTER
Find historic buildings at every step including the old hospital with its Baroque façade or the ruins of the San Francisco de Asis church dating back to 1674. On Mexico Street pass by and admire the Salazar family’s seventeenth century mansions.


In Basílica Lateranense de Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion, constructed with pink, green and yellow stone in 1856, admire the dome which depicts devotions to the Virgin Mary.

Visit the Templo de la Natividad or the Templo de San Francisco and listen to the characteristic chime of the bells.


Study the valuable pre-Columbian pieces in the Museo Comunitario, which is housed in a preserved nineteenth century mansion.


CORN, THE MAIN SYMBOL
Corn from Jala is the largest in the world, as evidenced by the Guinness World record for a ninety-eight centimeter long ear of corn. Enjoy the traditional Corn Fair that coincides with the patron saint festivities of Virgen de la Asuncion on August 15th.


DO NOT MISS THE FOOD AND TRADITIONS
Savor a meat sope, some pozole soup or a tostada de pata with a refreshing tejuino corn beverags. For dessert, try a cinnamon encanelado.


Listen to the locals tell you about their love for the town at the Judea or Sierpe festivals.

 

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