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NATURAL BEAUTY WITH ANCIENT HISTORY

During the pre-Hispanic era, this region was inhabited by various indigenous ethnic groups of Nahua origin who belonged to the Xalisco lordship.

The first Spaniard to arrive in this territory was Francisco Cortés de San Buenaventura, nephew of Hernán Cortés, in the years 1524 and 1525. However, it was not until 1532 that Compostela was baptized and named the capital of Nueva Galicia until 1560, making it a Ciudad Real (Royal City).

It features a series of landscapes filled with colorful beauty, incredible beaches, historic buildings, and rich traditions.

It is located in the southern part of the state of Nayarit, 38 km (1 hour) from Tepic and 207 km (2 hours and 45 minutes) from Guadalajara.

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What to See in Compostela

Tourist Attractions in Compostela

Templo de Santiago de Compostela

This is one of the most prominent buildings in the town and is also known as the Temple of the Lord of Mercy, due to the figure brought from Toledo, Spain, which measures 1.72 m in height and is attributed with several miracles.

Museum of Archaeology and History of Compostela

Adjacent to the Temple of Santiago de Compostela is the Museum of Archaeology and History of Compostela, dating back to the 1970s. The first room exhibits various archaeological pieces found in the surroundings of Compostela and Zacualpan, such as sculptures with anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, and phytomorphic expressions, musical instruments, wedges, chisels, axes, bowls, and platters. The second room narrates the history of the region and displays objects such as maps, graphic material, photographs, weapons, and historical banknotes, among others. Guided tours are available.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 18:00 hrs,, Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Templo de San Francisco de Asís

Located in the nearby community of Zapotán, it is a typical colonial construction.

Capilla de la Virgen de Guadalupe

This chapel is located in the Miravalles Hacienda, a countryside mansion from the late 16th century with a sober and elegant style.

Currently, you can visit other interesting spaces of the hacienda, such as the grand hall, the kitchen, the cellars, the stables, and of course, the chapel, built in the late 17th and early 18th centuries in a Baroque style.

Casa de la Cultura Hermanos Flores Muñoz

This cultural venue has a room dedicated to narrating the history, culture, and traditions of the place, as well as various cultural, sports, and artistic workshops.

Punta Custodio Natural Park

The municipality also has various natural attractions, such as Punta Custodio Natural Park, where you can enjoy beautiful beaches. Low-impact ecological villas and condominiums have been located here to preserve it as a natural paradise with palm trees, mangroves that contrast with the impressive blue of the Pacific Ocean.

In the northern part of Punta Custodio, a peninsula with whimsical rock formations has formed, known as Isla Bonita.

The beaches of Punta Custodio are among the most beautiful in the Mexican Pacific, characterized by their dark, fine sand.

Tortugas Beach

The beach stretches for 8 kilometers. To reach it, you have to walk along a trail through vegetation, and at the end, you will find a unique and breathtaking landscape with high cliffs, perfectly aligned palm trees, a beautiful estuary, and the vastness of the sea.

It is an almost untouched beach that has become a nesting region for hundreds of bird and reptile species. It gets its name because several species of sea turtles come here annually to lay their eggs.

A turtle camp is located here, where you can learn more about these amazing animals and contribute to their care and conservation. It is also one of the best beaches for surfing and kayaking.

Platanitos Beach

Located in the southern part of Punta Custodio, with calm waves, it is ideal for swimming and relaxing. You can go fishing and enjoy delicious dishes like grilled snapper or red snapper, prepared in the palapas or "ramadas" along the shore.

Right on this beach, you'll find the Hummingbird Garden, which serves as a sanctuary for these birds.

Another attraction of this beach is the estuary, which is the natural habitat of various bird species, fish, crustaceans, and reptiles. You can rent a boat to take a tour through the mangroves and visit the crocodile sanctuary, where you can learn more about crocodiles.

Altavista Archaeological Zone

Near the town of Chacala, you can visit the Altavista archaeological zone, which dates back to 300 BC. Here, you can admire 56 impressive petroglyphs created by natives descended from the Tecoxquin culture. The paintings provide insight into the lives and beliefs of these ancient inhabitants, as they depict themes related to health, fertility, climate, and crops, among others.

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What to Do in Compostela

UNMISSABLE EXPERIENCES IN COMPOSTELA

Explore San Pedro Lagunillas

Have fun in El Paraíso Water Park

Enjoy the beaches near San Bras

Enjoy an ecological adventure

Punta Custodio Natural Park is the ideal place for nature lovers. You can learn more about turtles at one of the country's most important turtle camps. You can also volunteer to participate in programs that monitor nesting and protect turtle eggs. Additionally, it is an excellent area for whale watching, fishing, horseback riding, and exploring the surroundings.

Surfing

The beaches of Punta Custodio, especially Tortugas Beach, are favored by surfers due to their ideal conditions for this sport.

Enjoy water activities and other adventures

Of course, Compostela's beaches are excellent for diving, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, paragliding, hang gliding, ultralight flights, ziplining, ATV rides, and more.

In other natural areas of the municipality, you can enjoy mountain biking, rappelling, bird watching, and butterfly observation. Recommended activities also include walks or hikes to observe the region's flora and fauna or go on a photographic safari.

Must visit destinations in Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit

Santa María del Oro

Tepic

San Blas

Mexcaltitán

Sayulita

Enjoy a complete overview of Nayarit

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