Yelapa is a small fishing village with history dating back to the early 1600’s. Yelapa means “gathering place” – which is interesting, as it isn’t accessible by land.
To get there, we took a trip in a panga (small boat) captained by a local fellow named Pancho from Boca de Tomatlan.
Our tour took us South around Banderas Bay. The scenery on the way to Yelapa was breath-taking – lush green jungle across the mountains rolling down to the craggy shoreline.
The village of Yelapa has 1500 native residents, but tourists looking for a day-trip from Puerto Vallarta are becoming part of the norm. It’s a relaxing place to get away from the crowds and the noise.
We hiked up from the dock through the village to a waterfall. The recent rain was evident in the surrounding foliage and in the temperature of the water. No one was brave enough to venture in.
The trail to the beach took us down cobbled streets. There are no cars in Yelapa – locals walk, ride horses, and recently a few have acquired ATVs. Electricity arrives by wire, and supplies come by panga.
On the trip home, Pancho stopped the boat in a little cove for some of the others to snorkel. The fish were amazing.
beautiful scenery & delicious food & great company = wonderful memories
Gotta love Mexico – our boat captain toasted us with Tequila. When we reached shore and went to board the city bus back to Puerto Vallarta – our bus driver offered cheers to us with a the can of Corona he was drinking.