The tiny man-made island of Mexcaltitan is, legend has it, the starting point of the Aztecs epic 300-year, 700-mile trek to the eventual capital of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City. Today, this thousand-year-old hamlet populated by about 2,000 people, is a peek into a Mexico long lost to colonialism and modernity. Embark on the twenty-minute boat trip from the port at San Blas, a small Nayarit mainland town just north of Sayulita. Visit the museum to catch up on 4,000 years of ancient Mexican history and walk the plaza with its elegant cathedral and city hall. Snack at any of the tiny taco stands scattered all over the island.
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