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Visit to see Huichol Indians

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2003 12:03 pm
by Ben
Looking into visiting the Huichol Indians to learn more about their culture. Has anyone been there and how was your experience??

Re:Visit to see Huichol Indians

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2003 9:46 pm
by pvdeb
The following is my response to a post a while back. If you want to see the whole thread, go to the bottom of this page and hit "next page" to page 3. The header references the Huicholes.

I took a land tour with Harris Tours. I'm a little nervous about small planes, so chose this one even though it was a very long day (picked up at 7:30am and didn't return to hotel until 11pm). Trip is via a/c motorcoach and goes into the mountains NE of Tepic. There was a box lunch provided and one rest stop on the trip up (about 3 hours). Our guide was a woman who's lived in the PV area for nearly 20 years and is extremely knowledgeable about the Huicholes and filled us full of information about their culture on the way. We left the bus at the Aguamilpas Dam and boarded small motorized boats (pangas) for about a 20 min. trip across the lake to the foot of a mountain. We climbed a small hill and overlooked the Huichol village and put our cameras away. We were instructed that photos are not allowed in the village, as it's against their spiritual beliefs. All in our group respected that. Our guide taught us the Huichol words for "hello" and "thank you" and it was fun to speak to the children and listen to their giggles (they also learn Spanish in their school). We toured the school and enjoyed freshly made tortillas made on a stone grill. We visited the "kitchen" of a Huichol family (a stone building, they sleep in huts on stilts) and ate wonderful Indian corn on the cob prepared by the family. The part that I really enjoyed was at the end, the families set up a "market" of all their beautiful beaded and yarn artwork and handicrafts. As a collector, I picked up several unique items and was glad that the money was going directly to the families/village, instead of through a middleman. The whole experience was like walking into another world, where the people live so primitively and have no need or desire for material things. Their entire existence is based around their spiritual beliefs and ceremonies. On the trip back to PV, we stopped in Tepic for a very good dinner at a nice hotel, had a little time for shopping and then most slept on the bus trip back to PV. The excursion was everything I'd hoped for and definitely worth the time and money. The tours that go by air, I believe, go to a village closer to PV, but the difference in land travel time and the trip by air is due to the remoteness of the villages.

Re:Visit to see Huichol Indians

Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2003 10:52 am
by lors
PVDEB...that sounds like a great day trip. Does it right from PV? How much was it? THat is the type of thing my husband and I like to do...see the real culture when we travel. Do we need to reserve in advance? We will be staying at the Royal Decameron the middle of Jan.

Re:Visit to see Huichol Indians

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2003 6:33 am
by pvdeb
Sorry lors, just got back from 3 weeks in PV and just now saw your post. This tour is through Harris Tours and you should be able to book it with a tour agent in your hotel. If not, the last phone # I had for them is 322-223-2972. Seems like it was around $85US and that included a light breakfast on the road and a good dinner in Tepic on the way back. They only go on Thursdays. They have to go through Bucerias on the way, so I'm sure they would arrange to pick you up at the Royal Decameron. This is honestly the most interesting cultural thing I've ever done.

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