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The Huichol Story About the Creation of the World

Mexico possesses a rich variety of ancient cultures that inhabited its landscape for thousands of years. Some of these civilizations are better known than others. You have probably heard about the Aztecs, fearless warriors, fond of bloody sacrifices. Or the Mayas, the creators of complex structures such as pyramids and a calendar that got us a bit worried in 2012. 

There were other cultural groups spread throughout Mexico, and some of them are still around, keeping their cultural heritage very alive today. One of these groups is the Huichol.

The Huichols   

Also called Wixaika (“the people”) is a colorful community of indigenous citizens of Mexico. They settled along the Sierra Madre Occidental in the states of Jalisco, Nayarit, Zacatecas, and Durango. Research has shown that the Huichols have been around for at least 15,000 years. 

Huichols are famously known because of their colorful artwork, where they show their deep devotion and close relationship with the world. Land and territory have spiritual meaning for the Huichols, and this also determines their actions and reactions.

Huichol art is full of symbolism, including elements such as fire, earth, water, air, deer, peyote, serpents, scorpions, and gods’ eyes pointing to the four cardinal points. All of this shows their intricate connection with nature, which stands the test of time.

The Huichols have kept their culture alive by passing their stories from the older to the newer generations. These colorful stories are about their love, respect, and care for the world they live in. 

In this article, we are going to share one of the Huichol folkloric tales, a story about the journey of creation, of those who embark on the journey towards life. 

Huichol Cosmovision: The Place Where It Begins

The first human, Watacame, was walking through a dark field, harvesting plants with his female dog, Tziku Mayuri. Suddenly, the clouds open up, giving way to a female figure. This figure came down next to Watacame and presented herself as Takutzi Nakawe, his Grandmother, the Rain. 

Although the woman looked very familiar to him, Watacame was surprised by her visit. In this dark place, he had never seen anyone else. Only he and his faithful dog were there all the time.

Takutzi Nakawe told Watacame that of all of her children, he was the one who closely observed nature. Therefore, he was the one able to learn from it and protect it.

Grandmother Rain told him to build a steady raft, which can withstand five days of storms for him and his faithful dog companion. “I will find you after the five days” she added.

For five days, the rain did not stop, and the earth filled up with water until Takutzi Nakawe came down from the clouds and the rain stopped. She told Watacame that water was needed to create a new world, that the water was part of him and he part of it. 

Grandmother Rain said to Watacame that now it was time to create a new world. Opening her cape, she let out all the Gods and told them to go and populate the earth. Each of them would find a place where they belong and that place will be sacred. They were all elements of nature from a small scorpion to a deer, they were all Gods.

Watacame walked alongside the Gods for a long time. Time as we know it did not exist yet, so he did not know for how long they walked. Some of the Gods found the places they belong and stood there. 

While walking, Watacame and the remaining Gods heard the sound of drums. This music guided them towards the sun. When they finally found the sun, the Earth became alive. The light made everything come to life. Every plant, tree, and animal in the land and the sea came to be. It was the beginning of the new world.

Keeping stories alive 

Here at Conrad Punta Mita, we try to keep the colorful heritage of the Huichol people from the area alive, to honor the bond of the Huichol with nature, and to spread awareness about the importance of our natural surroundings.

Whales in Banderas Bay

Traveling is about experiences, discoveries, and connections. Traveling can enhance our views while enriching our lives. Now, more than ever, we are searching for closeness to our natural surroundings, and to immerse ourselves in new cultures. Furthermore, an exclusive and sophisticated environment is an ideal complement to this experience.

The Bay of Banderas is a large bay along the coast of the Riviera Nayarit. You will find this place of limitless luxury and lasting inspiration to be the best location for your upcoming memorable travel adventure.

The coast with the most.

Bahía de Banderas in Spanish translates to Bay of Banderas or Bay of Flags in English. According to the legend, this bay got its name from some of the first Spanish Conquistadors, who traveled to this area. The story said that Spaniards found the natives carrying colorful plumage flags. The natives, aiming to defend their land from intruders, fought the Spanish men. Sadly, they lost and came under the control of the King of Spain in 1525. Because of this display of colorful flags, the Spanish named this bay Bahia de Banderas or Bay of Flags. 

The Banderas Bay has 62 miles of Pacific coastline, stretching from Punta de Mita in the north to Cabo Corrientes in the south. The deepest point of the bay is on the southern end, where the water measures 3,000 feet deep. UNESCO officially declared Banderas Bay to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world. 

Unspoiled. Undiscovered. Unmistakably Mexico.

The tropical landscape of Banderas Bay enclosed by splendid mountains has a wide variety of impressive adventures that you can enjoy. You will find many small charming coastal fishing towns to visit with your loved ones, as well as a variety of fun family-friendly watersports like snorkeling, diving, and surfing. You can also board a luxury yacht to explore the many wonders of the bay by sea. 

Additionally, Banderas Bay is the proud home of very rich biodiversity. In its deep blue waters, you can find diverse marine fauna like humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, eagle manta rays, black-tipped sharks, giant corals, and rock formations filled with life. Another unique experience in Banderas Bay is whale watching.

The authentic Mexico you’ve never seen.

Whale watching in the breathtaking Banderas Bay should rank at the very top of your bucket list, it’s absolutely a once in a lifetime experience. Whales are such glorious creatures that display grace, agility, and strength. It is impossible not to feel moved by the majestic cleverness of nature.

Every winter, the magnificent Humpback whales arrive in Banderas Bay with the purpose of mating and giving birth. It is a moving and emotionally charged encounter when up close. Observing the enormous whales jumping happily in and out of the water is priceless.

The humpback whales are in the Banderas Bay from December to March. However, on some lucky occasions, you may be able to spot them as early as November or even as late as May. Their stay varies depending on factors such as the length of their journey from the Arctic, the temperature of the water, and their matting patterns.   

Humpback Whales 

These beautiful creatures can be found in every ocean in the world, and they can grow up to 16 feet long. Humpback whales possess light color bellies, dark backs, pleats on their throats, and a small hump on their dorsal fin, hence the name “humpback”.

  These intelligent creatures can communicate with each other, using a complexity of cries, howls, moans, and other noises. Their magical songs can go for an incredible amount of time and can be heard throughout long distances. Scientists have not yet figured out what kind of messages they transmit to one another.

Humpback whales reside along the northern coastlines, where they feed on plankton, small fish, and tiny shrimp-like krill. During the winter months, they venture on their annual journey, from the poles towards the Equator, seeking warmer waters. Mothers travel close to their offspring, often displaying what the researchers believe to be “signs of affection”.  They have been observed to lovingly touch each other with their flippers while swimming. 

Limitless luxury. Lasting inspiration.

While you are immersed in the unique and touching experience of observing the natural wonder of the Humpback whales in Banderas Bay, let Conrad Punta de Mita take care of your every need. With our traditional touches and modern comforts, your stay in the Banderas Bay area will be unforgettable. Inside our sophisticated, exclusive, and serene atmosphere, you will find the ideal space to connect with your partner, your family, or your friends.

On the beach. Away from it all. You will discover inspiration, surrounded by the wonders of nature. At Conrad Punta de Mita, you can indulge all your senses with well-appointed amenities and tailored services. Embark on a mindful journey into Mexican luxury. 

Romantic Escapes in Punta de Mita

Did you know that traveling strengthens relationships and ignites romance? 

In 2012, a survey conducted by Edge Research for the U.S. Travel Association gathered information from adults in relationships of various regions, genders, and ages. After analyzing the data, three main conclusions arose:  

  • Couples gain long-term benefits from traveling 
  • Travel supports the creation and maintenance of relationships 
  • Travel stimulates intimacy and romance

Fall in love all over again

Due to the hectic modern lifestyle, filled with work commitments and family responsibilities, couples may not easily find the time to reconnect. Traveling together allows couples to rediscover one another. Hence, the importance of embarking on a romantic escape. Traveling together is an opportunity for some “alone time”, where you and your partner can improve communication, and stimulate romance. 

Also, choosing an inspiring destination where you and your loved one can build stronger bonds is essential. Punta de Mita, Mexico offers the perfect setting to fuel your fuego.

Two hearts, one journey

According to Forbes magazine, Punta de Mita is the ultimate luxury travel destination. It has attracted high-profile and celebrity visitors such as Demi Moore, the Kardashian clan, and luxe-lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow among others. 

Punta de Mita, with its 1,500-acre private peninsula, is a superb romantic getaway. The stunning views, luxurious tropical palm trees, the turquoise color ocean offers the perfect combination of elements to transport you and your partner on an unforgettable romantic journey. Together you will renew, recharge, and reconnect. 

Located on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Punta de Mita welcomes you with 320 sunny days a year, and a laid-back atmosphere. The choices of activities a couple can do are endless. They range from sailing, diving, whale watching, golfing to visiting charming nearby towns such as Sayulita, San Pancho, or Puerto Vallarta. 

Where the land ends, love begins.

The natural scenery where the Conrad Punta de Mita is located will take you and your partner’s breath away. Experience a morning or evening stroll along the two-mile-long beach, surrounded by tall palm trees and listening to the sound of the waves.

You and your loved one will feel pampered at the spa, choosing from a variety of treatments inspired by the traditional Huichol culture. After that, you can delight in the variety of exclusive delectable dining options filled with local bold flavors, and custom cocktails in an intimate setting.

Additionally, the customized non-intrusive service care at the Conrad Punta de Mita will make your ideal romantic getaway unforgettable. Our efficient, experienced staff can arrange all sorts of exclusive couple’s experiences. Choose from whale watching, luxury sailing, horseback riding, or deep-sea fishing.  

Heart to heart, sea to sea

The closest airport to Punta de Mita is located in Puerto Vallarta. This city came to fame back in the 60s when Hollywood celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton chose it as their jet-set hang out. 

Nowadays, Puerto Vallarta’s charming contrast between modern buildings and small Mexican-style family homes makes it unique. Enjoy a romantic stroll along the malecón where you will encounter a 60-foot high alien sculpture by the Mexican artist Bustamante. Soak in the mesmerizing pink-purplish sunsets. Visit the Virgen de Guadalupe Cathedral and try an esquite, corn with cheese, mayo, lime, and chili.

Additionally, the dining options in Puerto Vallarta are wide and colorful. You and your partner can delight with options that range from savory and sweet street food or drinks to sophisticated French or Asian cuisine. 

 Just a few miles north of Punta de Mita, you will find the hipster surfer town of Sayulita. At the beach, you can take a surfing lesson together, or just lounge while sipping margaritas or drinking coconut water. Later on, walk around the colorful streets, and check out the various boutiques filled with handmade beautiful decor objects from the region. Take a break, sit on a terrace, drink some coffee or a local craft beer while people-watching. Sayulita has an enjoyable young and vibrant atmosphere.

 Some other close by traditional towns worth visiting are San Pancho and Lo de Marcos. These are traditional coastal Mexican towns. You can visit both on the same day because they are close to each other.

Fill your romantic getaway with long-lasting memories while rediscovering one another in a paradisiacal surrounding. Take the time to enjoy each special moment, and feel how the romance in your relationship is renewed. Conrad Punta de Mita offers you and your loved one the ideal stylish environment to reconnect on a deeper level. Conrad Punta de Mita is the place where romance comes alive.

 

Explore Punta de Mita

Punta de Mita is the perfect spot for relaxed vacations filled with lazy days spent lounging on the beach and leisurely nights dining on the shores. Discover three pools, a spa and temazcal, zip lining, hiking, horse-riding, and the adjacent Greg Norman 18-hole golf course.

You can also view Our Experiences Brochure to explore various tours such as Dolphin Encounter, Adrenaline Rush, Pueblito Tours, Open Sea, Dreamlike Beaches, and much more!

 

Destination Wedding Itinerary

When you get engaged, your heart is overwhelmed with happiness, and your mind starts to plan. Where would you like to get married? Your first thought might be to look for a venue in your home city. However, if you look into the destination wedding option, you’ll find many advantages. 

A destination wedding’s main appeal is the setting. Imagine a sunbathed beach, deep blue ocean, tall palm trees, the cool ocean breeze while walking barefoot on the beach, and so much more. 

The Conrad Hotel in Punta de Mita, Mexico can offer you not only the luxurious tropical beauty of an exclusive piece of heaven on Earth but also an immersive authentic cultural experience. You and your guests will feel transported, exploring the riches of the culture of Mexico while all your wishes are taken care of.

At Conrad, we have the most experienced wedding planners, with the expertise to handle every detail of planning your wedding, so you can focus on savoring countless individual moments that will make your unique celebration memorable.

And, why limit your special day to only “one day?” Make the best of your time in Mexico by spreading the joy of your celebration over four days. This way you will have more time to spend with your loved ones and to experience the timeless tradition of Mexico’s hospitality.

It’s your day, make it grande! 

  • Day 1: Welcome to the Festivities 
  • Day 2: Let’s have fun and chill 
  • Day 3: The Big Day has come!
  • Day 4: Until we meet again.

Day 1: Welcome to the Festivities   

We recommend that the wedding couple should arrive one or two days before your guests to get acquainted with your surroundings. 

This way, you can enjoy your luxurious suite and the exclusive amenities offered by Conrad Punta de Mita. Relax in oceanfront pools, savor a wealth of dining options, or immerse yourselves in a lavish spa treatment. 

You’ll also have time to put together welcome bags or gifts for your wedding party during this time before everyone else arrives. 

We recommend scheduling your first group event – the Welcoming Party – for the evening. This will give your wedding party and guests time to arrive at the hotel, unwind, and dress. 

There are plenty of options for your Welcoming Party. You can choose a cocktail soiree with the beach as your backdrop or our rooftop terrace with awe-inspiring views. You could also have a fun theme party or sail the night away on a catamaran cruise.

Day 2: Let’s have fun and chill 

The day after your Welcoming Party and before your Wedding Day, you can set the tone for relaxation and interaction with your guests.

Morning 

Enjoy a fresh and nutritious breakfast together, and spend some time soaking up the sun on the beach or at one of our beachfront pools. Order poolside drinks or snacks. The staff at Conrad’s is trained to provide personal yet unobtrusive service, so take advantage, relax, and let them take care of you and your group as you enjoy the sweet vibes of this Mexican morning. 

Afternoon

After some lounging and discovering local flavors, it’s time for the wedding couple to head to the spa. Our Huichol Culture inspired treatments will get you ready for your wedding day. From the Mara’akame body therapy to the sweet honey facial, every treatment will soothe you and revitalize you, which will help you look your best for tomorrow. Conrad is the only resort in the Riviera Nayarit or Bay of Banderas area with an onsite Temazcal (ancient sweat lodge) as part of our spa. This special ceremonial treatment is recommended for couples prior to their wedding day. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience an ancient Huichol ritual that you will not find anywhere else. Meanwhile, your guests can enjoy excursions such as horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, golf, or just taking a walk on our two-mile-long sandy beach.

Evening 

This celebratory second day will end with one of the most important events within your wedding weekend – the Rehearsal Dinner. This is the time to further connect with your guests while sharing a special meal together. It’s an intimate time filled with champagne toasts and speeches by family, friends, and the soon-to-be-married loving couple. Make a night of it – but not too late – you want to be well-rested the next day. 

Day 3: The Big Day has come!

“Happily ever after” begins here. You have arrived at one of the most special days in your life. You are relaxed, as our expert wedding planners took care of every single detail to make this day all about you. The only thing you have to do is to enjoy every moment to the fullest. 

Whether you are celebrating your love walking down the aisle on the beachfront Hamara or Mezquite lawn, the Tukipa or Xiriki ballroom, your Big Day will be enchanting, memorable, and extraordinary. Conrad Punta de Mita’s unmatched exclusive 54,000 square foot event space will take your breath away. The sound of the ocean waves, the delicious locally inspired flavors, and the elegantly decorated venue will exceed all your expectations. 

This day you can indulge freely, and unwind fully. One of the many advantages of your destination wedding weekend is that by your Big Day you have already made meaningful connections with your guests. This makes your wedding delightfully stress-free, so you can focus on being newlyweds and dance the night away.

Day 4: Until we meet again

After your joyful long night of celebrating, what better ending than to gather with your guests for a tasty ocean-view brunch. At brunch, you can have the opportunity to thank everyone who took part in celebrating your special day. Talk about the highlights of the night before, as well as the memories from the previous days, and the plan for your one-year anniversary trip back.

After everyone has gone their separate ways, and things are more mellow, it’s your opportunity to enjoy alone-time with your spouse. It’s a superb idea to book your suite for two or three more nights. Conrad Punta Mita offers endless adventure experiences like eco-tours of the surrounding scenic villages or humpback whale watching trips. Or if relaxation is more your thing, of course, you always can enjoy more sunny days and relaxing spa treatments together with your new spouse. 

Although a multi-day destination wedding may seem like it requires a lot of effort to plan, rest assured that when you place yourself in the hands of our expert wedding planners, every concern will vanish. We are committed to creating weddings that inspire wonder. Your wedding is one of the most important moments in your life, so make it spectacularly unforgettable.