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About an hour, by boat, South of Puerto Vallarta is the tiny fishing village of Yelapa. This is a very quick tour to give you a sense of this picturesque place.

The tour starts by taking the water taxi from PV.

Water Taxi (SKS)

Water Taxi (SKS)

The pelicans wait for fish while we start our adventure

The old pier

The old pier

The journey south, provides spectacular views of the Jalisco coastline.  We stopped at Los Arcos rock formation where we saw hundreds of beautifully coloured and patterned tropical fish.  I want to go back there and snorkel.

Finally we arrived at the bay where the village is situated amongst the lush jungle hills which drop down to the beach.

The beach where the water taxis let you off and pick you up

The beach where the water taxis let you off and pick you up (SKS)

The village is only accessible by sea.  Originally a fishing village it now, like many places in Mexico, relies mainly on tourism.  The taxis come in the morning and leave at various times in the afternoon.  A small tour boat arrives once a day and stays for a couple of hours.  Long enough to get lunch, visit the water fall and if you are lucky buy some Yelapa pie!  The pies are amazing.

Having finished our lunch we walked through the village looking for the path to the falls

Yelapa village above the dock

Yelapa village above the dock (SKS)

A Yelapa palapa.

A Yelapa palapa. (SKS)

Walking in the village

Walking in the village (SKS)

The path through the village took us past some wonderful houses and small businesses.  Friendly Yelapa villagers pointed out the way.  It meant taking a lot of twists and turns along the paved pathway and up some steep inclines and quite a few steps!  The steps in PV and Yelapa are great exercise! Finally we turned the last corner, walked past a lovely restaurant and had our first view of the falls.

The water fall in the village

The water fall in the village

It is a really lovely spot.  After the healthy walk and being in the warm sun, the water was very inviting.  But we just used the camera to get up close and personal with the falls.

A closer look at the falls

A closer look at the falls

After a while we walked back, exploring more of the village, and had a last view of the beach below the village before returning to the taxi pick up.  While waiting for our taxi we enjoyed a cool drink before the boat-ride back to PV.

Boats tied up by the Yelapa dock

Boats tied up by the Yelapa dock

There are many restaurants on the beach and in the village.  The fish is as fresh as you will find and delicious!  And if you would like some wine, or cerveza, or margaritas there are many opportunities right there on the beach, under a sunshade, relaxing on a chaise.  It’s lovely!

Susan enjoying the wait for the taxi

Susan enjoying the wait for the taxi

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