Lonely Planet Writer

Inside Mexico's very exclusive Ondalinda festival taking place this weekend

An intimate gathering of approximately 400 people will head to the hidden paradise of Costa Careyes, in CostalegreMexico, this weekend for the inaugural Ondalinda festival.

The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes
The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes

This boutique music and lifestyle festival is designed to celebrate indigenous Mexican culture through the art and teachings of the Huichol people, with the goal of awakening the senses of those who attend.

The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes
The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes

It will take place on the grounds of one of the world’s most coveted travel destinations, Costa Careyes. It offers a rekindling of attendees’ spirits through music and nature, dancing and conversation, culinary delights and sacred teachings.

The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes
The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes

The exclusive private beach resort, Costa Careyes, is an hour away from Manzanillo International Airport and a 2.5-hour drive from Puerto Vallarta.

The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes
The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes

Costa Careyes is an exclusive luxury private estate resort comprised of ocean castles, private villas, casitas and bungalows. Attendees can choose from the many luxurious accommodation packages on offer.

 

An international music line-up will provide the entertainment. This includes vocals from Vienna duo HVOB, deep global instrumentations from Berlin producer NU, groovy basslines from Barcelona’s own Audiofly, and house vibes from LA producer Sabo.

The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes
The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes

The legendary Mayan Warrior will return to Mexico for the main event on Teopa Beach on Saturday night after its triumphant takeover of Burning Man 2016. Originally painted by visionary artist Alex Grey, the art car recently received millions of dollars worth of improvements, including lasers and a visceral sound system.

The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes
The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes

Guests will also be able to immerse themselves in the beautiful water surrounding Costa Careyes by paddleboarding, kayaking or scuba diving. Jungle yoga is offered as well as mud baths, massages, and ritual healing ceremonies.

The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes
The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes

Other highlights include a cocktail party at Playa Rosa, an ocean sunset ceremony, and an exclusive collection of Huichol art by the name “Los Navegantes del sueño.”

The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes
The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes

A portion of net profits from the festival will be donated to the Huichol to support their mission to preserve sacred land through UNESCO.

The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes
The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes

Guests can take part in talks led by a world-renowned Huichol expert Humberto Fernandez and 35.000 community leader Santo. They can also enjoy a screening of the award-winning film, “Eco de la Montagna.”

The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes
The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes

They can also witness a Huichol shaman and local musicians open the exhibition to invoke the Gods and bless the event and learn about the Huichol art and its meaning from the local tribe themselves.

The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. Image: Ondalinda x Careyes
The inaugural Ondalinda festival will take place on Costa Careyes. Mexico. IImage: Ondalinda x Careyes

Ondalinda takes place from sunset today through 30 October, 2016. See www.ondalindaxcareyes.com for further information.