16 Dec Memories to Take Home from Riviera Nayarit
Without a doubt, your visit to Riviera Nayarit will become one of those memories you treasure your whole life. Why not make that memory even more tangible by taking home a memento of this unique world? The Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort & Spa would like to suggest some of the best and most original souvenirs and objets d’art to help you remember this jewel of the Pacific.
Take Home a Piece of Nayarit: Huichol Art.
A very special way to delve into the Nayarit culture is by visiting its art galleries. Here you can acquire unique works of enigmatic beauty that will carry you down mythological pathways to the beginnings of time as it is conceived by the Huichol Culture. Who are Huicholes? They are the main ethnic group of Nayarit, Mexico. They live very near Puerto Vallarta in the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental. Their culture is quite mystic and beautiful and recreates enigmatic worlds populated by moons, suns, deer, trees, labyrinths, spirals, mountains and cosmic oceans that continually appear in their art, religion and customs. The Huicholes are a people that have remained unscathed by external influences through the centuries.
An Unforgettable Memory: A Sunset in Bahia de Banderas.
One of the bonuses of this area’s coastline is that it faces west, affording spectators one of the most breathtaking sunsets in Mexico. There’s nothing more beautiful than watching the red rays of the evening spread slowly over the beach as the sun sinks into the Pacific Ocean – a moment that will surely stay with you forever! From certain vantage points, the sun sinks behind the Sierra Madre, another natural phenomenon that creates its own magic. Just imagine experiencing such a special moment in a place as exotic as Bahia de Banderas at the side of your significant other…what a way to create an unforgettable memory of the perfect holiday.
Take home good vibrations from Sayulita in the form of surf-wear and swimwear.
In Sayulita we find excellent waves and a surfing culture of wide fame. Here visitors and locals share the shore as their boards crown the ocean. In this area you can find surfing schools with the right level for you, regardless of whether you are a beginner or already have some experience. If you are a veteran you’ll love chasing the waves at high tide. Just choose your board, long or short, fish-shaped or smooth-surfaced.
What you can’t miss out on is a visit to the little town of Sayulita, where you will find a wide variety of unique surf shops. Here you can find the most original boards and a range of swimwear specially designed for surfers. It is said that this is one of the best places in Mexico to acquire the sport’s most genuine articles.
A Taste Treat: Zarandeado Fish.
“Zarandeado fish”, Riviera Nayarit’s most emblematic dish, can trace its origin to the Island of Mexcaltitán. This delicious creation of the náhuatl people is generally prepared with red snapper because, as a low-fat fish, its flesh does not get dry when exposed to the sun. What makes gives this dish its distinctive flavor is that it is made with fish that has been smoked with mangrove wood over palm leaves and seasoned with a mixture of lemon juice, soy sauce and chili. You will never forgive yourself if you leave Nayarit without having tried this delicacy.
The Perfect Souvenir: Hand-crafted Jewelry from the Markets of Nayarit.
Mexican culture has a long tradition of buying and selling wares in markets. In fact, it is a tradition that goes back to the pre-Columbian period when it comprised the most important avenue of trade. After the Spanish conquest, the Europeans maintained this tradition intact. In the present day, a multitude of markets are held all along the coast of Riviera Nayarit, especially in the winter. They usually start in the month of November and finish toward the end of April or the beginning of May the following year. These markets are great places to enjoy live music and local gastronomy as well as acquire items crafted by local artisans. We especially recommend the handcrafted silver and Huichol jewelry, true works of art that are small enough to take home.