Day 22 - Caballito de Mar - The Little Seahorse

This is the symbol of Puerto Vallarta - the little boy riding the seahorse.

Caballito de Mar (Little Seahorse) is a wonderful sculpture created by artist Rafael Zamarripa, an artist from Guadalajara. The original sculpture was first made in 1960 when Zamarripa was only 18 years of age and installed at Las Pilitas, a natural rock formation at the south end of Los Muertos Beach (and was swept out to sea during a large storm). A larger replica over 3 meters in height (this one placed on the Malecon) was requested and inaugerated in 1976. The first scuplture was then found and brought back to Puerto Vallarta and reinstalled in it’s original location at Las Pilitas. After Hurricane Kenna in 2002 passed by, that original sculpture was once again washed into the sea (and yes, you guessed it, found again!) and once again resides at Las Pilitas.

El Niño sobre el Caballo de Mar” (The Boy on the Seahorse) as seen on the Malecon with the beautiful Puerto Vallarta sunset.The Little Seahorse_C06123.jpg

Day 21 - Seaside Surfer Town Sayulita

Seaside, surfing, sunshine and sand - that’s Sayulita.  This one-time fishing village is now filled with surfers and ex-pats.

Laid back walkable town - fish tacos, galleries, shops and restaurants, farmer’s markets, and plenty of places to quench your thirst!Sayulita_C06009.jpg

Day 20 - Meandering in Mismaloya

Mismaloya - located just minutes south of Puerto Vallarta. Another fun ride on the public bus complete with live music on board! Spent the day walking around the beach and town located on either side of Highway 200. Mismaloya Beach was made famous in 1963 with the filming of The Night of the Iguana. More photos of Mismaloya in future posts. 

Tranquil life on the edge of Mismaloya River just steps away from where the river meets the sea.
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Day 19 - Los Muertos Pier

When visting Puerto Vallarta, everyone walks along the Malecon, the mile-long oceanfront boardwalk that follows Banderas Bay, the beach and downtown PV. On the southern most end of this waterfront promenade is one of Zona Romantica’s most iconic landmarks, the new Los Muertos Pier designed by Mexican architect Jesus Torres Vega. The city celebrated its opening in January, 2013 - this project being part of the city’s downtown renovation program.Los Muertos Pier BW_C05857.jpg

Day 18 - Gringo Gulch Serenity

I love walking through this neighbourhood often. Just blocks away from where we’re staying and high in the hills overlooking Puerto Vallarta (El Centro and Zona Romantica) is a lovely neighbourhood called Gringo Gulch.

Cobblestoned streets where the grass is growing through in places, where all you hear are birds chirping or the odd strain of soothing music drifting from some open window. Where some of the prettiest painted doorways and flowered balconies exist. Tranquil and just so romantically gorgeous! That’s Gringo Gulch.

Oh, and look - this place is for sale!
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Day 17 - Early Bird Gets the Fish!

While getting an early start to our morning walk on the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta (before the heat of the day set in), we caught a glimpse of a fisherman very near the shore of Los Muertos Beach casting his net into the waters of Banderas Bay. Upon second glance, I realized that there was also a dog on board his tiny boat!Los Muertos Beach_IMG C05788.jpg

Day 16 - Beach Day at Los Muertos

It turned out to be just a spontaneous day to meet up with friends at Playa Los Muertos, Puerto Vallarta’s most popular beach. I took this photo earlier in the morning as we walked along the beach before the crowds started gathering and beach vendors starting hawking their wares for the day.

We settled in at the Lido - Club de Playa for most the day, a spot on the beach near the south end of Zona Romantica. Good food and drinks, friendly staff.

This is NOT Lido.
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Day 15 - Brunching at Hacienda San Angel

Hacienda San Angel, a boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta is an absolutely gorgeous spot to have brunch at. What an impressive view over the city’s main church, the famed Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Church with the bay beyond. 

The grounds - beautiful, the room - spectacular, the ceiling -  gorgeous, the food - delish!

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Day 14 - Not just any day at the beach!

Playa Colomitos, a tiny hidden cove located on the south side of the Bahía de Banderas, is well worth the hike from Boca de Tomatlán. What a great way to spend the day. We hiked along the path which follows the coastline at the bottom of the Sierra Madre mountains after walking through the tiny village of Boca and crossing the Horcones River to the start of the hiking trail. The beautiful hiking trail (some well-worn paths and stairs to begin with and then narrow dirt trails, rocks and roots) passes under a canopy of beautiful mixed vegetation including Plumerias (one of my favourites), Palms, Strangling Ficuses and assorted other trees. Butterfies greeted us at every turn.

An enchanting cove to relax the day away and then enjoy a fantastic dinner at the nearby restaurant, Ocean Grill (by reservation only).  A perfect day!

 More to come on the small village of Boca de Tomatlán, the hike to Playa Colomitos and Ocean Grill in future posts.Playa Colomitos_C05669.jpg

Day 13 - Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, 2013 - As this evening draws to a close, Puerto Vallarta’s Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe wraps up after 12 days of celebration and festivities. Young warriors dance in the streets of Puerto Vallarta commemorating the miraculous appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Indian peasant Juan Diego on December 12, 1531.

Combining traditional Aztec and Christian motifs, the candlelight processions consisting of banners, dancers, music, singing and colourful floats wind their way through the streets of Puerto Vallarta ending up at Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral in El Centro, Puerto Vallarta.

More on the Festival in blog posts to come. Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe_C05567.jpg

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Welcome to my travel photo blog. Photography has been a part of my life for a long time – back in the day the Pentax Super Program was always near at hand. But it wasn’t until I started travelling around the world that photography became a vehicle for me to show others about the absolutely amazing and complex world we live in. My hope is to share with you glimpses of what I’ve seen. Enjoy!

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