Yelapa is a Mexican fishing village that became host to a bit of hippie culture in the late 60’s/70’s with famous musicians/people spending time here. There is still evidence of hippie culture which has evolved into the more eco conscious/artistic style of individual. For the most part Yelapa is a working village which seems to derive a large part of their resources from activities relating to tourists. The village has a water bottling company and a tortilla factory, one larger style hotel (in my previous photos of the bay you can see it across the beach – a series of palapa’s), Hotel Lagunita. Tourists mostly stay in rental casas and they are relatively inexpensive and scattered throughout the village. We are water people and will always choose a beach front location, however there are a myriad of jungle style options. It is very important to note that this is by no means an all inclusive, it is an authentic Mexican village with locals conducting their daily life around you and the tourists scattered about. Atlhough, all types of people here both expats and tourists, the trend seems to be quieter, individuals who enjoy peaceful local style travel. The perfect setting for Johnny & me!
Map of Yelapa We are staying at Garcia’s rentals a terrific mid-point location in Yelapa. Yesterday, we explored the small waterfalls, up to the cemetery and around the main pueblo. Last night we ventured the other direction from Garcia’s along the river and found an authentic Mexican restaurant. The kitchen in the restaurant is in fact the kitchen in a small casa (house/home), I could see through the door that there was a bed off to the side and a another bedroom out back. There were tiny ninas (children) wandering around enjoying themselves and there seemed to be extended family assisting in all phases of the preparation. I didn’t take many photos last night because I felt a bit uncomfortable and didn’t want to come off too much as a tourista. The one thing I’m realizing is that my camera absolutely sucks and I need to look for another compact camera that takes a better quality. This one is a Nikon Coolpix selected mainly because we like to take photos when snorkelling and it can be taken underwater. If you have any suggestions for a good quality travel camera let me know!
This mornings photo gallery is the walk to the left of Garcia’s on the map, up the river, we ate at a place that was just before the bridge near the far left. We had actually intended to go to another restaurant a little further, but decided to stop at this one. The food was lovely and we topped it off with a bit of local moonshine! The good news is my head and tummy both feel fine this morning! I’m wondering if the moonshine might have some rejuvenation qualities, as I seem to be alert very early in the a.m. 🙂
Unfortunately, as I’m hesitant to take photos of people or directly of their homes, my photos aren’t capturing the reality. Walking along this pathway there are homes set just off to the side with bustling families all around. You can always tell the expat/tourista homes as they tend to be a bit more artistic in design. Only indigenous people can own land in Yelapa. It’s my understanding that gringo’s can actually build on leased land and do maintain homes on this land. As we were strolling along the path back from dinner in the pitch dark little boys were riding their bicycles like crazy men in the dark and yelling beep beeeep to get us to move aside. When visiting Yelapa you should be certain to bring a headlamp or flashlight not as much to light your way as to make certain the little speed demons know you are there! The paths have speed bumps and can be quite uneven, I would recommend closed toe sandals. We favour Keens sandals with rubber toes and ok to walk in water with, that way we have all angles covered.