(CNN) — Getting your magic back is possible — even in 2020.
Now, thanks to nearly 35 million Mexican pesos of investment by federal and state authorities, Mexcaltitán has recently regained the coveted “magical” status.
“The small island that can be crossed by foot in one day is especially charming during the rainy season as its streets completely flood, making it possible to travel through them by boat, thus earning it the nickname ‘The Mexican Venice,’ ” said Zarkin.
Many towns struggle with population migration to large cities, and the hope is that tourism will help stem that flow and support local economies.
Local crafts are part of what the Pueblos Mágicos program celebrates.
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The Pueblos Mágicos program also promotes traditional crafts and festivals and aims to preserve local customs and unique cuisine.
“This beautiful island is known for its charming calmness, its preserved architecture made up of a mosaic of picturesque houses with tile roofs, and its preserved regional culture, ethnic customs, and its unique Nayarit dishes, all of which are a true representation of the cultural wealth in its home state, Riviera Nayarit,” he said.
In Mexcaltitán, fresh-caught shrimp in season figure into many dishes including shrimp ceviche or tlaxtihuil — a traditional corn-based shrimp chowder.
Mexcaltitán’s Pueblo Mágico status was announced in early October and will be formalized at the Feria de Pueblos Mágicos, scheduled for November 26 to 29 in San Luis Potosi.