Travel Gawker: When I Went To Mazatlan
I know what you’re thinking, where on earth is Yelapa?! Well, it’s in Mexico (shock! I’m writing about Mexico!) and is a tiny fishing village just off the shore of Puerto Vallarta. It’s no ordinary village though, there are no roads, no cars, no street names and the beautiful island has only had electricity for less than 10 years.
I had the pleasure of visiting this unique village back in 2011 and my experience was a special one that I’ll always treasure! My journey began the moment we stepped onto the boat that would take us to Yelapa, it was a 45 minute ride from Puerto Vallarta (we stopped to do a spot of kayaking too) and the moment the boat pulled up to the shore I knew it was going to be a great day. All I could hear were the waves crashing and a distant sound of salsa music.
We headed up a cobble street that was lined with huge sheets of colourful fabrics for sale and pieces of art painted on tree bark, along this route I also stopped for a shot of ‘moonshine’ which in hind sight was potentially a bad decision because I felt light headed and slightly drunk for the rest of the day! (pfft! As if that’s a bad thing!)
What I didn’t know was that this street was heading to a gorgeous waterfall that literally took my breath away when we arrived! It was like a classic scene of paradise, complete with butterflies flying around & brightly coloured flowers decorating the trees!
After a quick dip in the waterfall we climbed a few rocks/steps to a quirky bar to buy a beverage served in a coconut! Then it was a stroll to the beach to chill out, en route I met some adorable kids who were walking home from school, they were so friendly and happy, just like all of the residents we met along our trip.
I loved how there were no signs anywhere or any sense of direction! The idea is, if you’re in Yelapa you already know where you’re going or anyone will be happy to help you!
I did a quick internet search before starting to write this and there really isn’t that much about the place out there! Other than if you go here you should visit the vortex cafe and that Yelapa was the refuge of Bob Dylan & Dennis Hopper! Pretty interesting! Oh and you can also do horse riding! I didn’t see this when I was there but if I returned I would definitely love to do that, it would nice to spend more than a day here too.
I was sad when the day came to an end because I had never been to such a natural and non-commercial place in my life. This really is for the lovers of relaxation, the ones who could go somewhere and enjoy it purely for the surroundings and people. There are no 5* hotels or award winning restaurants or an abundance of nightclubs or bars, just a simple way of life and a relaxed atmosphere throughout the village which surprisingly, was quite perfect.
Much Bespoke Love