Temple, ruins and gastronomy.
The name of Jala derives from the Nahuatl word "Xali" which means sand, and from the variant "Tla", which refers to "place where it abounds." Its foundation dates back to pre-hispanic times, around 650 A.D. considered the first settlement with settlers of Nahuatl origin, which was evangelized by the friars of Ahuacatlán. Magic Town full of history and architecture of cobbled streets and old Spanish-style mansions, built with adobe and roofs covered with red tile. Walking through its irregular streets and admiring the grace of its old sheltered buildings through time is just the beginning of what you can enjoy in this beautiful municipality. Jala is located at the foot of the gigantic volcano El Ceboruco still active, place surrounded by green valleys and cold boats of diverse vegetation; It should be noted that this was incorporated into the Pueblos Mágicos program in 2012.
• Lateran Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. In the town, the Lateranense Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción stands out, built in the 19th century, and considered an architectural jewel of Mexico. Its facade is very attractive due to the layout of its only tower in the center of the complex. In a neoclassical style, it mixes Roman and Gothic styles; it was built in pink, green, and yellow quarry, ornamented with multicolored stained glass. Its interior is silver Latin cross with advocations to María; and sculpture: like that of the Virgen de la Asunción, carved in wood and dating from the early 18th century.
• El Ceboruco Volcano. With its more than 2,280 meters high and whose most recent eruption occurred in 1870. At present it has been transformed into a natural park very frequented by those who like mountaineering and the extraordinary landscapes that it offers us from the most elevated from the valleys of Nayarit, from which you can enjoy a splendid panoramic view of all the nearby towns. Also, you can walk to the main crater and enjoy the incredible landscape surrounded by petrified volcanic lava reminiscent of a lunar landscape.
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• Elote Fair. It takes place in the month of August with recreational activities, dances, exhibitions and games. As part of this event, sports, cultural and commercial promotion activities of great interest are carried out. The corn is the most significant product grown in Jala and the cobs that occur in this municipality are the largest in the world, reaching up to fifty centimeters long. • Holy Week in Jala, one of the most interesting representations of the Pasión de Cristo takes place. • In the Lateran temple every September, many devotees who come from other states celebrate the Santos Médicos, Cosme and Damian, to whom parishioners ask for favors and miracles around health.
The municipality of Jala is located in the southern part of the State of Nayarit, limits to the north with the municipalities of Santa María del Oro and La Yesca; to the south with the municipalities of Ahuacatlán and Ixtlán del Río.