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Tepic Region

Tepic is the capital of the state of Nayarit, Mexico. A commercial center on the coastal line of the Mexican National Railways and on a major highway, Tepic lies in a prosperous sugarcane, and cattle-raising area. The city has sugar mills and textile factories. Wild mountain scenery surrounds Tepic, which, despite modernization, retains some of its colonial charm. The city was founded in 1542. Its reported a population of some 207,000 people.

With the extinct Sanganguey Volcano and Crater Lake nearby, it is located approximately 225 kilometers north-west of Guadalajara. Tepic is the primary urban center of this rich agricultural region; major crops include tobacco and citrus.

Nayarit, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, is bordered by the states of Sinaloa to the north, Durango to the north-east and Jalisco to the south and east. Its largely undeveloped coastline is fabulous for surf and holds natural treasures of lagoons and mangroves teeming with wildlife, making it a prime spot for bird-watching expeditions.

Some of the must sees in Tepic are:
The 19th Century Palacio de Gobierno - Government Palace - with a neo-classical portal. TheCathedral of the Purisima Concepcion de Maria - this structure was built in the 18th C.

The 16th C. Temple of the Cruz de Zacate was originally a Franciscan convent; today it houses the State Ministry of Tourism.

The Amado Nervo Museum displays photos and texts of poet Amado Nervo, who was born in this house in 1870.

The Regional Museum of Anthropology and History offers archaeological exhibits and the ethnography of the Cora and Huichol indians.

In the Casa de la Cultura (House of the Culture) one can view murals by Mexican artist Jose Meza as well as other periodic cultural and artistic exhibits.

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