Day Trippin': Visit a Remote Huichol Indian Village in Riviera Nayarit
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December 30, 2012

The Huichol Indian Encounter  (RivieraNayaritCVB)

The Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, is recognized for the preservation of its indigenous cultures, particularly the Huichol Indians.

Living up in the Sierra Madre mountains in the Nueva Valley, this tribe avoided capture during the Spanish invasion and have maintained most of their native beliefs and practices. A peaceful, spiritual tribe, they refer to themselves as Wixáritari, "the people," in their native language.

An authentic sustainable tourism experience, this cultural attraction provides travelers with an opportunity to explore, interact, and support the Huichol Indians in their natural environment.

This full-day tour begins south of Nayarit, continuing north on the highway; stopping in the delightful fishing town of Rincon de Guayabitos and the historic city of Compostela; then climbing 3,000 feet to the small Huichol mountain village.

This unique cultural experience offers a peek into the pre-Columbian life of these resilient, creative people.

The tour includes a visit to the "Cali-Huey" (Huichol temple) for a traditional purification ritual, a costumed musical and dance performance, a village tour that includes taking photographs and buying their handmade yarn and beaded art, and a three-course meal.

Fees are about $100 USD for adults and $50 USD for children. For arrangements, contact the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau at (322) 297-2516, email is, or contact Tours du Jour at (322) 223-9538, email is

Explore the region's cultural heritage by taking the incredible Huichol Indian Encounter just northeast of the Riviera Nayarit on your Mexico vacation.

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