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Riviera Nayarit’s true cultural essence lies on Coras and Huicholes

By Danna Sabido

June 12, 2023

Riviera Nayarit is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning beaches and lush natural beauty. It is located in Mexico’s central Pacific region. But hidden behind its allure as a tourist destination are intriguing tales and a vibrant cultural diversity symbolized by the Coras and the Huicholes.


Coras, the ancient people



The Coras, vestiges of the origin of American man, settled in the region of Nayarit, in the state of Jalisco and northwestern Mexico, after allegedly migrating from Asia during prehistoric times to escape the glaciations.

The social organization of the Coras is based on a system of rotating positions among its members. Temporary positions, such as governor, sheriffs and supervisors of religious events, are held by members of the community and supervised by the elders.

Their housing consists of adobe houses with small, dark windows, wooden doors and tile roofs, and their traditions are kept alive in each community.


Huicholes, a history rich in culture

Display of Huichol art


The Huicholes, who identify themselves as “Wirrárrica” or “Wirraritari,” on the other hand, are an ethnic group that has succeeded in maintaining its traditions since the time of the Spanish conquest. They dwell in isolated regions in the mountains that cross these states, in northern Jalisco, Nayarit, Zacatecas, and Durango.

The Huicholes express themselves through art, religion, and customs and have a mystical bond with the mountains. Three worlds—mythology, corn, and mysticism—that reveal their identities and give their community life are the main themes of their ritual art. The Huicholes sought safety in the mountains during the time of the conquest in order to defend themselves from the Spanish soldiers and maintain their culture.

Huichol art is a form of writing that narrates the stories and myths of this fascinating ethnic group. Each handmade item is a tangible example of Huichol culture. The Huichol people have managed to preserve their beliefs, cults, and traditions despite the fact that it has been centuries since their migration to the highlands.


Cora and Huichol traditions and rituals at the Riviera Nayarit


In addition to being a well-known tourist destination, the Riviera Nayarit is home to a number of communities with a rich history and distinctive cultures. Visitors’ experiences will be further enhanced by learning about the Cora and Huichol traditions and customs, which will provide a distinctive perspective on Mexico’s diversity and cultural diversity.

A unique opportunity to become fully immersed in Coras and Huicholes’ culture and traditions is to travel to the highlands during Holy Week. The communities mentioned in the article, like Jesús María in the El Nayar mountains, host genuine celebrations where guests can take part and discover more about the Coras and Huicholes’ rich cultural heritage.





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