Aguamilpa, Nayarit, Mexico
One of the most interesting short trips I have taken recently was to Agua Milpa, about an hours drive north of Tepic. Aqua Milpa is a huge reservoir that came into being when the dam on the Santiago River was completed in 1994. Swimming is not allowed in the reservoir. While it is known for it's bass fishing, it can be an good trip even for people who don't fish. The hi-lite of our trip was when we hired a lancha to go to a nearby Huichol village. The trip took about 45 minutes and cost 400 to 500 pesos. When we arrived we had to walk about 10 minutes to arrive in the village. We stopped for water and while we were relaxing about 15 Huicholes set up stalls behind the store selling their wares - beeded jewelry and art work made from strings.
Back in the village there are 2 hotels - but you might need reservations in advance. They were booked up when we were there. Also as you arrive in the village there is a little restaurant overlooking the dam that serves a really nice fish plate. In addition to bass, the lake was stocked with Talapia, a fast growing, good tasting African fish.
I think it is best to go by car, but I did see many public minivans arriving from Tepic so it would be possible to go by public transportation.
For accomodations check out Coras Lodge.
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