Island of Mexcaltitán

The island is unique in its kind, it has an extension of 400 meters long by 350 meters wide, it has a couple of streets oriented from north to south, which cross with another pair oriented from east to west and a circular called Venice that unites them all together. The historical greatness of the island is that the Codex Boturini establishes that the Island of Mexcaltitán is the legendary Island of Aztlán; from which the Aztec tribes left to settle in the Valley of Mexico.

The Island of Mexcaltitán is located to the north of the State of Nayarit, it is a town full of magic that stands in the middle of estuaries and mangroves that are part of the Marismas Nacionales Biosphere Reserve.

The island is unique in its kind, it has an extension of 400 meters long by 350 meters wide, it has a couple of streets oriented from north to south, which cross with another pair oriented from east to west and a circular called Venice that unites them all together.

The historical greatness of the island is that the Codex Boturini establishes that the Island of Mexcaltitán is the legendary Island of Aztlán; from which the Aztec tribes left to settle in the Valley of Mexico. There are some comparisons between the aerial photographs of Mexcaltitán and the drawings made in the XNUMXth century by the Spanish conquerors of Tenochtitlán, since both places present exactly the same layout of streets and channels; establishing a clear similarity and relationship between them.

Mexcaltitán was also at one time an important settlement of Chinese immigrants, who gave a great economic boom to the population and the region with the trade of different articles, such as porcelain, ivory, cloth, and products derived from fishing. Today, several descendants of families who came from China live on the island.

The experience of touring the Island of Mexcaltitán is unique! since its streets are completely pedestrian, there are no cars and in the rainstorm these small streets are flooded with the flow of the San Pedro River. At that time of year the inhabitants and their visitors move around the town on board boats known as 'pangas'.

This Magical Town seems stopped by time!

The inhabitants live mainly on shrimp fishing and the elaboration of crafts made of mangrove, water lily and palm leaves.

It is said that, in the year 1689, the image of the "Lord of the Urn" arrived on the island during a flood of the San Pedro River, the settlers received him and entrusted themselves to him to safeguard their families. Currently, a large number of parishioners from different parts of the region come to venerate and bring offerings to this miraculous saint; commenting that it has grown in size and photographic images taken by believers have been captured, in which it is observed that the Christ opens and closes his eyes.

From June 20 to 29, the Fiestas de San Pedro and San Pablo are held, where the procession of the fishermen with religious images and band music aboard boats stands out, the mass is celebrated in the same boats and they carry out races to achieve a good season of shrimp, the main food of the fishermen; Every year San Pedro wins in order to predict good fishing.

The Island of Mexcaltitán offers a rich variety of fish and seafood that preserves in its gastronomy the pre-Hispanic essence of its ancestors with its delicious dishes such as: "Taxtihuille", a thick broth made of shrimp mixed with corn dough and local spices similar to a mole, the "Zarandeado Fish" originating from this place, prepared with fish called "snapper", cooked on the grill in a very special way, served with handmade tortillas, decorated with slices of onion, tomato and cucumber. Another representative dish is the “Camarones a la Cucaracha”, small crustaceans fried in oil with various spices and rat tail chili, delicious for botanear, you can also taste the tamales, meatballs, empanadas and paté made with shrimp, delicacies that you can hardly taste as they prepare them on the island, without a doubt your gastronomy will make you fall in love.

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