Tepic is the capital of the State of Nayarit, Mexico and is located 140 miles from Guadalajara, Jalisco by Mexico’s Federal Highway 15. Tepic is rich in agriculture, growing huge crops of sugarcane, tobacco and citrus fruits. Centrally located in the state, Tepic is also Nayarit’s primary urban center. Tepic, with its few hundred thousand residence steeped in agriculture, is not known as a tourist destination. Still, it does have some interesting points of interest for anyone traveling to the city, particular for those who enjoy ancient architecture and museums. All of the museum exhibits are written in Spanish, but they are all free and worth visiting.
Things to Do in Tepic
The Regional Museum of Anthropology and History - Tepic’s most important museum exhibits interesting collections of archaeology, Coras and Huicholes ethnography, and colonial paintings. Several re-creations of shaft tombs, where in pre-Cortesian times important people were buried, are located on the museum’s second floor.
The Cuatro Pueblos Museum - showcases the culture of the main four ethnic groups: Huicholes, Coras, Tepehuanos, and Mexicaneros
The 16th century Temple of the Cruz de Zacate - originally a Franciscan convent; today it houses the State Ministry of Tourism
The 18th century Cathedral of the Purisima Concepcion de Maria
The Amado Nervo Museum - displays photographs, manuscripts and personal documents of the regions 19th century poet of the same name
The 19th century Government Palace - has murals depicting highlights of Mexican history
The Casa de la Cultura (House of the Culture) - has murals by Mexican artist José Meza as well as other periodic, cultural, and artistic exhibits
La Iglesia de la Cruz de Zacate (The Church of the Cross of Grass) - built to commemorate a phenomenon first discovered in 1540 (some historians say 1619). The story goes: a muleteer noted a patch of grass in the shape of the cross, which his animal refused to tread over. Today people pray at the side chapels of this pretty little church, as well as in front of the grass cross, which church officials say grows in that shape without receiving water or special care.
Visit the Sangangüey Volcano (inactive) and its crater lake.
How to Get to Tepic
Domestic flights operate between Mexico City and Amado Nervo National Airport, which is located in the town of El Pantanal, 10 miles south of Tepic. Colectivos and taxis are available at the airport and within Tepic. Car rental service is available from most major rental companies. Trains run daily from Tepic to Nogales-Mexicali and to Mexico City. Tepic also has a bus terminal for long-distance trips.