Ixtlán del Río, Nayarit

Ixtla 1Ixtlán del Río, Nayarit

Ixtlan del Rio COAIxtlán del Río is a small city on highway 15 that most tourist pass by without exploring for a minute. Too bad.
Not only does Ixtlán have some very interesting ruins to discover, which are always welcome, but it has a thriving market and Mexican street culture to share with travelers.
Visit the beautiful church or sit in the square around the kiosk. A lovely peaceful afternoon couldn’t be better spent.”

by Dorothy Bell

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Ixtlan del Rio 1Name: Ixtlán del Río means place where obsidian abounds or obsidian knife.

It is also refered to as the door of Nayarit since every traveler who is heading anywhere in the Northwest, or travels to the center of the Republic, passes through this city.

Location: Ixtlan is located inland in the mountains and hills of Nayarit, southeast of the capital of Nayarit. It is located on two rivers: the Rio Grande de Santiagoand the Chico River.

Weather: Hot and sub-humid with rains falling from March to July.. Warm winters.


January Average Highs 29.2C (84.6F) Lows 6.5C (43.7F)

July Average Highs 32.6C (90.7F) Lows 16.6C (61.9F)

Ixtlan bPopulation: 29,000 in the city 70,000 in the municipality

Itlan signElevation:  1048 Meters

Founded: 1525 by Spanish Francisco Cortes of San Buenaventura. There was a large Pre-hispanic population.

Medical: Hospital, clinic, doctors , dentists

Money: Banks and ATMsBBV Bancomer, Santander, HSBC, Banamex, Banorte, Banco Compartamos, Banco Azteca, Bancoppel, Financial Match, CAME, Caja Popular Mexicana.

History: Populated before the arrival of the Spanish..More to follow

Today: Several retail chains, restaurants and bars Mi Bodega Aurrera, Mercado Soriana Express, Coppel, Farmacias Guadalajara, Fabrics Parisian, Oxxo, Miramar Shopping, Elektra, First Price, The Bug, Pollo Feliz, Montepio House Mazatlan,

Getting there: Drive Highway 15 or Highway 15D Southeast of Tepic.
From Guadalajara drive Highway 15 or 15 D Northwest.



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