Monday, May 14, 2012

Mexcaltitan - A City on the Water

This is a tiny island not far from the Pacific coast of Mexico, with a population of just over 800 people. According to the legend, this place is the ancestral home of the Aztecs.

 Mexcaltitán de Uribe, also known simply as Mexcaltitán, is a small man-made island-city off the coast in the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla in the Mexican state of Nayarit. Legend has it that it was the Aztlan of the Aztecs, their home city and birthplace from where they set out on their pilgrimage in 1091 that led them to the founding of Tenochtitlan . 

This island is now being promoted as a tourist attraction and has been designated a "Pueblo Magico" by the federal government. It is accessible by boat from La Batanza, which is the dock area located some 40 kilometers from Santiago Ixcuintla. It is known as "The Mexican Venice" .

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